Hello, I’m Alison. Mother of three (including a six-year-old boy and three-year-old boy-girl twins), wife to my college sweetheart, and and also an attorney. Generally things are good, except when they are not. Recently, things have been pretty darn rough. Writing about both the good and the bad seems to help. That and therapy and some chemical assistance and hiking and (attempted) meditation and reading and being with friends and talking and not talking and sleeping (but not too much).
I started this blog as a platform for putting my crazy out into the world rather than keeping it all bottled up inside, where it tends to turn dark and shameful. It has turned out to be a pretty scary yet exhilarating thing to let my truth out into world, mostly unfiltered. I have gotten an amazing amount of positive feedback from friends and strangers. I am reminded every time I post how much love and support I have in my life and how much love and support I hope to offer others, even if it is just by providing a helpful reminder of how good you are doing because good god your life is way less messed up than mine (it’s funny because it’s true).
And though it wasn’t my primary motivation when I started this blog, the hands down number one reason why I continue to write and to focus as much as I do on my mental health struggles, is because mental health is so important and yet mental illness continues to be treated as something to be ashamed of. It’s not.
I don’t always walk my talk but I try. I wake up every day and I try. That’s it, but I think it’s enough.