Yay! If I could do cartwheels I’d totally do one right now. This blog means the world to me and it’s so exciting to reach our 200th post! This post is a celebration and a request, because this blog helps both you and me simultaneously.
As with any blogging milestone we reach, I have a million ideas and plans to share with you. I just renewed our domain name for another year and paid the annual fee to remove lame ads from popping up. I wanted to introduce a new layout today but many of the layouts I’m interested in converting to cost more money than I have to spend.
But I do have one thing to offer you, and it comes with a request for your help in my mental health recovery. I’ve designed a new button that’s available in my Etsy shop, advertising this blog. When you buy this pin, your money goes towards maintaining and improving Daisies and Bruises. If you want to support Daisies and Bruises directly, you can donate directly to my PayPal:
Want the Daisies and Bruises button for free? Keep reading!
Since I revisited rock bottom around this time last year, ending up in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, I’ve been isolating a lot. The trigger during that time in crisis was the police investigation into my childhood abuse. After that fell apart I gave up on the human race. I decided it was okay if I spent every one of my remaining days simply reading and writing, never interacting with the “real world.” People in books are so much safer than people face-to-face.
Now, after almost a year of hiding, I have to make an effort to get back out there. Isolation is a terrible thing when recovering from depression. It increases anxiety, feelings of alienation, and keeps you in a prison of self-loathing. I recognize all these things in myself and I have to do something about it. Here’s my plan:
Since I started this blog roughly three years ago, about five different people have emailed me telling me that they saw me here in London, Ontario, recognizing me from my blog, but didn’t say anything.
My invitation to you now is to PLEASE SAY HELLO if you see me in public. And if you do, I’ll give you a Daisies and Bruises button for free!
If you’re anxious like I am, try saying the following:
“Hi, I recognize you from your blog and I wanted to say hello!”
“I want a free Daisies and Bruises button, please!”
This will make my day, I promise! And I’m going to carry around Daisies and Bruises buttons for this very encounter, and doing so will be pointless unless you talk to me.
When I’m out I’m usually alone. It might be hard to grab my attention because I don’t make a lot of eye contact out of anxiety, but I really do want to talk to you!
There a small chance that you might see my sister and think she’s me because we’re always mistaken as twins. To help you out, look for my baby blue backpack, flowered Doc Martens, and straight across baby bangs. If you talk to my sister accidentally, that’s okay too because I’m going to give her Daisies and Bruises buttons to carry around and she’s super friendly and will pass on the message.
Does that sound feasible? I hope so! Just knowing that people out there could be reacting to me positively will help me feel safer.
So help the blog by buying a pin and help me by saying hello in public and get a pin for free. If you’ve already bought a pin and see me in public, you can get a second pin or a pin to give to a friend. Sound good?
Check out my latest post and video on HealthyPlace: Stopping Depression Stigma Starts With You
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I love you!! Here’s to another 200 posts and more! :)