To The Teenagers

To The Teenagers

Hey! I’m grateful to be in connection with you! You’re on the bumpy ramp into adulthood. You exist in rapidly changing brains, feelings, and senses of self. Some of you are in crisis, struggling against oppressive systems, facing challenges, experiencing broken hearts, and simply trying to survive.

I won’t tell you it gets better.… Continue reading

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion

This post was originally published on Counting My Spoons in September, 2015. I thank Julie for providing the opportunity to share my voice with a large Spoonie community, and encourage you to check out her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion by

Hi, I’m Angie. I live with Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Neural Tension, and C-PTSD.… Continue reading

What I Read & Watched Last Week

What I Read & Watched This Week by So Angie Writes
Mourning Doves by Steve Keenan Photography

Do you have difficulty feeling calm? Me too! In Overstimulated? Aim for Distraction not Relaxation, author Julie tells us why it’s hard to relax, and how we can help ourselves with single-pointed focus activities like number and word puzzles. Interesting stuff!

Recently my life’s been turned upside down by hormonal imbalances.… Continue reading

Replacing “I have to” with “I choose to” During the Holidays

Replacing "I have to" with "I choose to" During the Holidays by #nonviolentcommunication #NVC #selfcare

Yesterday I wrote about my stressful November, and my spoon-deprived December. I told you how I took my holiday cards and stamps out, then tearfully put them away. I told you I was shifting my focus from my WANT TOs to my HAVE TOs. It was a post that got some “me too”s, which I appreciate.… Continue reading

A Needs-Aware and Boundaries-Intact Holiday Season

A Needs-Aware and Boundaries-Intact Holiday Season by #spoonie #boundaries

I endured significant stress in November, on top of all the usual things, like living with C-PTSD and chronic pain, and cooking everything from scratch due to our family’s food allergies.

December rolled up and I sat down. It’s taken great effort to hang lights and decorate a tree.

I took inventory of cards and stamps yesterday, then put them away.… Continue reading

I Am Committed To Recovery – A Self-Harm Awareness Day Post

I Am Committed To Recovery - A Self-Harm Awareness Day Post by #recovery #selfharm

Today, November 30th, is Self-Harm Awareness Day. Self-harm is a vulnerable, uncomfortable thing for me to talk about. I self-harm to try to cope with painful feelings of self-loathing and shame. I am fighting hard for recovery. This is a difficult battle.

You can help me and others by learning about self-harm.… Continue reading

What I Read (And Heard) This Week – Writing, Wellness, and Sick Beats

Photo by Steve Keenan Photography #Denver #Colorado #wildlife
Cold Chickadee by Steve Keenan Photography

Hope you had a needs-met week. We had some snow days, and I spent a lot of time with my heating pad and pain meds. Every moment I felt like I could sit up and focus, I wrote. I’m in the NaNoWriMo home stretch now, with 41,000 words under my belt.… Continue reading

What I Read This Week – Posts About Trauma, Chronic Pain, and Intention

Photo by Steve Keenan Photography #Denver #Colorado
Photo by Steve Keenan Photography

I hope you’re finding some beauty in November. My participation in NaNoWriMo is sucking up my time and energy, but I wanted to stop in and share a few posts I enjoyed this week. The list is mostly about chronic pain, but there is one post about how childhood trauma can affect us, and another that’s focused on self-care in the cold months.… Continue reading

What I Read This Week

What I Read This Week by

I spend hours each week reading blog posts and articles about mental and physical health. I do this because I’m seeking management of my symptoms, and because I want to learn to help others. Here are links to the best things I read this week:

Negative Emotions are Key to Well-Being  This article by Toni Rodriguez on Scientific American talks about the benefit of feeling all our feelings, and what can happen when we don’t.… Continue reading