When Gifted Children Grow Up (Part 1)

I’ve been struggling. I’m not even trying to hide that fact. My reasons for struggling, however, are many and varied, but have a lot to do with work (which I admittedly don’t talk much about). I’ve tried to find the answer–the REASON–for the struggles. ADD/ADHD? Depression? Maybe. But then I got to thinking about the whole ADD/ADHD angle, and how the “symptoms” for ADD/ADHD are very similar for the “symptoms” that help label a child as gifted (or gifted and talented, which is I think the more common label in schools). And that led me to ask myself (and Google), “What …

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Trapped

There are times when I feel trapped in my own mind and body, like I’m a prisoner and some other force or being or…whatever…has taken over. Like, logically I know things and I think and believe certain things, but my brain and/or body seem to conspire against me. Anyone who’s ever struggled with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, etc. probably understands what I’m talking about. I can’t tell you how long I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, but it seems like my entire life. Even though I have recollections of being a fairly happy kid, I also remember being a “moody” …

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Boxes

Society likes for us to fit into little boxes. I don’t know anyone who would necessarily disagree with that. The issue, though, is that for the most part we don’t actually fit into those little boxes, at least not all the time. I’ve been thinking about boxes a lot the past few weeks, for various and sundry reasons, mainly because I don’t really fit into any box. I guess literally and figuratively. This past week, though, has just not been a good place for me mentally or emotionally, and part of that goes back to this whole fitting (or not) …

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Women Hunters, Lifestyle Choices and Tolerance

Apparently, today is a day for me to rant against stupidity. This afternoon’s exhibit: Antis Threatening Women: Average women hunters being targeted for promoting lifestyle. Antis threatening female hunters is nothing new. Over the past half year or so it seems like there’s been an onslaught of threats directed towards celebrity female hunters. Melissa Bachman came under attack for hunting a male lion in Africa. USA Olympic Medalist Corey Cogdell was threatened after she posted some photos of her hunting to Facebook. Olivia Opre had to have her Facebook disabled for a while due to the amount of bullying she was …

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On being fat, double standards, and shame

So yesterday The Daily Caller posted an article called “Adam Carolla slams left’s fat girl double standard.” For some reason I clicked through and read the article, even though I had a feeling it was one that would tick me off. And tick me off it did. Not because there isn’t a double standard, because there is. In that regard, I agree with Carolla whole heartedly. What pissed me off was the idea that people are fat because they’re lazy or want to be fat, especially women. And then–this was the kicker: Guest co-host Gina Grad jumped in to say …

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Catching Up

So Phillip’s been asking for a blog here. Apparently my blogs about writing over at my author website bore him. 😉 (Shameless plug, yes.) The problem is that I haven’t had much to say over here. Or, rather, I’ve been busy with work and working on getting my author site established, indie publishing, writing, life, etc. that I haven’t had much time to write something over here. So I guess now’s as good a time as any for catching up. Funnily, my last post provides a pretty decent jumping off point. In that post, I talked about gutting it out, …

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On Gutting It Out

I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d started Crossfit with a personal trainer earlier this month, and for the most part my sessions have gone great. Today, though, was one of those where I found myself gutting it out. Well, to be fair, I kind of had one of those last week, too. I’m highly allergic to cedar and mold, both of which have been pretty high in Austin for the past couple of months. I’ve been feeling generally not great–sinus pressure, congestion, headaches, dizziness, icky eyes. The usual crap. Sunday and Monday I was dealing with …

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Thoughts About Books

An author I follow on Facebook shared this article earlier, talking about the rise in popularity of erotic romance. The basic gist of the article: thanks to epublishing and ereaders more and more women are reading erotic romance than ever before. Got it. And I would agree–epublishing has most definitely changed the game when it comes to what and how we read. However, that wasn’t the only reason given for the rise in popularity of erotic romance. The article also cited this: According to “The Siren” author Tiffany Reisz, erotic romance is a “way to show women acting like normal …

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Trying Something New

Back last summer, before things went to shit, I’d started looking at Crossfit boxes. A coworker was seriously into Crossfit and loved it. I have some friends who do Crossfit, including a former coworker who now has her own box. At the time I was eating pretty much full Paleo, and all of the Paleo people I was following were all into Crossfit. I mentioned it to Phillip a couple of times, but the price kind of kept me from even checking it out. And then things went down the crapper, and Crossfit was definitely out of the question. Fast …

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