Nope. The Weather is Not Bipolar: How To Educate Others in Finding Another Adjective

Everyday we hear mental illness terms being used in inappropriate and derogatory ways. Terms like schizo, manic, ADHD and of course, bipolar. I find it scary that these terms are used with zero sensitivity or regard for those of us living with a mental illness. I thought we had come farther than this.

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5 Ways My Freelance Career Supports My Mental Wellness

Although the following is written from the perspective of a self-employed freelance musician, I believe the issues addressed below provide useful insight for people who work in all fields.

I was recently reminded of the differences between working hard and overworking through a terrific video created by fellow cellist and freelancer, Emily Davidson. Continue reading

Minimalism for Mental Health Part One: Thirty Products I No Longer Buy

There are many wonderful books and articles out there on the power of minimalism and its effect on your mental health and well-being. Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist describes it as “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” Continue reading

Remember to Say What You Need

Sometimes, when you are finally thriving, you occasionally forget about your illness and blissfully slip into “pre-diagnosis” mode. While feeling “normal” is often what we yearn for, one problem can creep up: you forget to manage your illness. We forget that remembering to state what we need is extremely important, especially when we are feeling well. This post expands on one of my 10 Travel Tips: know what you need.

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Your Mania is Not Your Creativity

From my initial bipolar diagnosis to reaching a “new normal” two and a half years later, I have questioned and analyzed every single emotional state and thought process, as well as every experience I have had throughout my entire life.

Since I have type I bipolar I am more prone to manic episodes than depression. A lot of my reflecting compares being stable on medication (boring!), versus the whirlwind of creativity I seem to have when I experience manic symptoms (fun!). Continue reading

10 Traveling Tips

Tomorrow I stuff my suitcase, cello, and myself into a six person carpool and drive for nine hours to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to perform with ELO tribute band Strange Magic.

Before my diagnosis in 2013, I could travel like a rock star. For example, I spent two years taking a weekly red-eye bus to work, which seemed just fine on paper, even a little badass. So was cramming several bandmates into one hotel room, or driving through the night in a snowstorm right after a show with a car full of bassoon players. Continue reading

EAT FIRST: The Rule

This morning I had forgotten to make eating my absolute first and foremost priority, and boy was I feeling it. Behold! The topic for my very first blog post. Continue reading

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