Ch 22: Taking the Leap · freedom · health

Can I Be Happy Without Every Metric of the Minority World?

This is the time of year I look over my finances of the past 11.5 months. What did I spend? How happy have my son and I been feeling? What costs went up or down? Are my child and I thriving? Yep, it’s not just a dollars-and-cents review. Money is absolutely linked with health and… Continue reading Can I Be Happy Without Every Metric of the Minority World?

Ch 12: Self Advocacy · Ch 22: Taking the Leap · relationships

Building Community: Finding Your Yessayers

In response to Darcy’s comment here, I’m exploring the matter of building community. There is so much to talk about, I’m focusing on one aspect at a time. Today’s idea is around finding our yessayers. My friend Raj was struggling with a person who continually blocked Raj’s ideas: “This won’t work because…” “You won’t be able… Continue reading Building Community: Finding Your Yessayers

Ch 22: Taking the Leap · Ch 23: On Handouts and Welfare · Ch 25: Helping Locally and Globally · fleeing abuse

The Gift of Safety

I was three years out of my teens. Just weeks before, I had married. Today I was fresh out of my first-ever psychiatric hospitalization. “Adjustment disorder” they called it. Surely, I had been fine before this—though perhaps slightly vulnerable to stress—and would be fine again shortly. I was simply taxed, of course, by the move… Continue reading The Gift of Safety