Manic Monday…

Today is Monday. In my explanation blah blah post, I noted that Mondays would be to talk about mental health. So wouldn’t it be ironic and so very fitting that today I was feeling depressed and just could not make myself write a blog post? Ha. Next week, I will start writing a little more ahead of time, or at least that’s the goal. I’m going to start this mental health exploration by defining the mental health diagnoses that we deal with daily in our household. What are the mental health diagnoses that are in your life on a regular basis? This could be something that you suffer from or someone close to you that you frequently interact with. I would love to know!

But as for today, in our land of crazy, we are pulling the depression card. It’s too chilly and cloudy to make any progress…

Blah, Blah, Ideas and Such

Alright, so I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really good at starting things and really horrible at continuing/completing tasks. Part of this can be explained by my ADHD, or anxiety, or even depression symptoms. Actually, I’m going to go ahead and say all of my seeming inability to complete a task can be explained by one or all of my mental health issues. This opinion/conclusion is brought to you by the fact that I cannot come up with any reason for my behavior that cannot be linked back to mental health. So there you have it. Seriously, the only accomplishments in life that I have fully completed have to be education related, and somedays I’m not even sure that I did those correctly since I am not using the skills directly in a career setting. The 2.0 version of Clean Living with the Crazies is something that I am determined to have feel like an accomplishment in the end. I will definitely be shouting it from the rooftops whenever it does feel like an accomplishment, trust me. 

So what can you expect to see while following this blog/vlog/social media experience? First and most basically: glimpses of our everyday lives. Part of my “why” for doing this project is to build community based on those mundane, daily events that can feel so isolating to those of us who experience a mental illness. For example, do you ever make small talk with someone just to walk away feeling like the biggest a$$ in the world? I do. All the time. So I’m going to talk about it, in hopes that being able to relate to each other will make us all feel less alone in this crazy life. Secondly, we will have a loosely followed blog theme schedule. Manic Monday, Tidy Tuesday, What’s that Wednesday, Think it Thursday, and Favorite Friday are my working goals for each week. Will each of these happen every week? If I’m being honest, probably not (see first paragraph rambling about accomplishments, etc.). However, I’m going to try my darnedest, so keep checking back to see what you may have missed! 

I keep mentioning community…. What does that look like? Well, engage with us. Watch our vlogs and leave comments. Read our blogs and comment. Follow us on social media and participate. This is how we build community in the land of Cyberspace. P.S. If you’re just going to be a hater, move on because it will not be tolerated. I have enough self-critical thoughts on my own to last a lifetime. If you’re going to hate, chances are I’ve already had that thought, so just save your time. 

Here it goes. Just a girl and a computer, with a supportive husband and a never-ending platform called the Internet. I mean, what do I have to lose? I could gain a sense of accomplishment. 

Clean Living with the Crazies 2.0

Greetings. Hello. Ciao. Bonjour. Aloha. Hi.

Here we are again. I have this constant nag in the back of my mind to go on this adventure of clean living and document it on the internet.  I kept up with this site for a hot minute a year ago, but quickly became distracted with something else (hello adult ADHD). I have a good feeling about Clean Living with the Crazies this time around, so join us on the ride and see where it takes us!

Who we are: We are a family of 4 who live in suburbia and are trying to figure out how to best navigate this life despite our mental health issues.  I, Emily, am a midwestern mom of twin girls who loves ice cream and true crime. The Hubs, Rick, is a computer geek (not nerd) who enjoys retro video games and hacking the internet. Blondie is our first born sass pants who loves to dance. Brownie is our 12 minute younger second born smarty pants who loves to make new friends.

What is Clean Living?: Clean living is everything from literally doing the dishes to mixing our own dish soap to avoid exposure to so many toxins. On this journey, I am hoping to not only increase our ability to live in an environment that appears clean to the eyes, but is also clean and clear of harmful chemicals. We also will explore clean eating and other aspects of “cleaning up” our life. There has been tons of research done by the professionals about the impact of environment and exposure to toxins on mental health. In this life where there are so many things that we can’t control ourselves, starting with our genetics, I am striving to control what is controllable in hopes that it will improve our quality of life as a family.

What are the Crazies?: In addition to the craziness that can easily become life of families, especially once children enter the picture, both myself and the hubs also deal with mental health issues on a daily basis. While I know it’s not exactly PC to call those dealing with mental health issues “crazy”, I mean no disrespect and only use that phrase when discussing my own family (and they’re cool with it). I have a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, that I use to navigate daily life but do not currently practice professionally. The hubs has text book Bipolar I disorder, along with some PTSD just to make things interesting. (Did I mention that sarcasm is one of my coping mechanisms?) I personally have been diagnosed with a variety of fun acronyms; MDD (major depressive disorder), GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), PPMD (postpartum mood disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) type inattentive, and who knows what else. We both are actively working with counselors, in addition to regularly meeting with psychiatrists to regulate our medication. It has been on my mind a lot lately, especially after the hubs’ most recent manic episode, that we need to take things a step forward and clean up our living in order to benefit our mental health. So here we go!