Happy Holidays from me to you.
Happy Holidays from me to you.
I took a job-related assessment recently. You may be interested in my results. Go here to view them.
I’ve been a little busy; too busy to blog to much. But I have been enjoying this great weather!
I have really been enjoying the Spring weather here in central Florida.
The last few days has been filled with doctor appointments.
Yesterday, I went to my Nurse Practitioner to see how I am doing, and to refill my medications. I think I am responding well to Abilify. I get an injection once a month. The nurse told me that the shot is more effective than the pill because it maintains a more even blood level throughout the month. My Nurse Practitioner and I decided it’s best for me not to work. Our goal is to keep me out of the hospital.
This morning, I went to have several tests done for a physical. I had a breathing test, chest x ray, EKG, urine test, and blood work. It was time for my yearly physical, so I did it.
It’s a beautiful day here in central Florida. I sat outside by the herb garden, enjoying the breeze.
I have schizophrenia. But, during my daily life, I don’t think of myself as someone with schizophrenia. I think of myself as Jennie; a person. That’s what I am first and foremost. For the longest time, I didn’t tell anyone I had schizophrenia, including some family members, and of course, people in my professional life. Especially people in my professional life.
The fact is, there’s a huge stigma associated with mental illness in general, and schizophrenia in particular. I am not in a constant state of psychosis. I have psychotic breaks every once in a while. They have been frequent enough and bad enough that I am on disability, which is hard to get. It keeps me from working full time. I can write because I can self-pace when I write. So that’s what I do.
I want everyone who comes to my website to come away with a different understanding of schizophrenia. There was a point in time that I didn’t want my mom telling anyone that I have schizophrenia. I told her to tell people I have cancer. That’s how bad the stigma is. Think of me as a person with any other illness. You wouldn’t think badly of them for being ill, would you?
I cannot help my disorder. I certainly didn’t plan it. It’s not something I’d want to have, but I have it. It keeps me from doing things I want to do. But, overall, think of me as Jennie–a person. Not as “a schizophrenic.”
Today is perfect weather. I thought I’d sit outside by the herb garden.
I am opening a store to sell some of my work. The first thing I will be selling is a collection of poems I recorded, which I’ve posted samples of. If you are a fan of artwork, this site is for you!
Over the past few days, I have been writing poetry. I have won awards for poetry. Back in undergraduate school, I wrote frequently.
I started writing poems at the age of 13. I wrote one poem, at least, per day. As time passed, I got better and better.
I took time off from writing poetry when I was in graduate school, but I thought I’d take it back up.
It’s very interesting, how we grow as writers, as well as in other areas. I find the things I write about now are different from things I used to write.
How about you? Do you write?
Here’s an interesting TED talk about why you may want to hire “the scrapper.”
A while back, I did some work with a local environmental non-profit. I did river clean-ups, managed volunteers, and, most importantly, networked with local business people. I was happy to get the chance to do this kind of work. I thought of this experience when I was looking back at some old photos of me. There are very few photos of me on the job or volunteering. But, this is one. Here I am at a river clean up, where I was thinking about how to grow the non-profit, and organize volunteers. The non-profit itself is very good, and I liked working for the Executive Director there.
It’s hard to believe that it was six years ago that I was working on the book Reading Bernard Williams. I was privileged to edit some really great essays, and gain valuable experience in editing and writing. Although the editor, Dr. Daniel Callcut, was kind enough to give me a hard-copy, I bought the e version recently and read it. The copy that Dr. Callcut gave me had an inscription in it that I keep framed.
The other day I went to Green Springs Park with a good friend of mine. We walked around, enjoyed the great weather and the nature trails.
Green Springs is aptly named. The major spring itself is, in fact, green. Here are some photos I took while I was there.
This is the main spring. As you can see, it is actually green.
Here is a stream from the spring.
And here is one of the roadways in the park.
All in all, it was a great day. I will definitely visit Green Springs again!
Two months ago, I visited Chicago. I stayed for a long weekend, and, during that time, I visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago SkyDeck, and the Art Institute of Chicago. I had a great time. All the exhibits were excellent. Below are some choice pictures.
This is the outside of the Museum of Science and Industry.
This is me in front of the nation’s only U-Boat:
And here I am in front of the Art Institute of Chicago:
Lastly, here I am at the Chicago SkyDeck:
Chicago is a wonderful place. I used the train or Metra to get everywhere I went. The Art Institute had many paintings I really, really appreciated. I took several pictures while I was there and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
As people who know me know, I have a history of blogging. I blogged at UNF for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and slowly moved my work over here.
This blog will be different. I aim to post about things going on in my life. I recently went to Chicago, for example. I will post pictures from that. I also went to Green Springs with a friend. I will post photos from that trip. So, this blog will contain my life experiences so as to fit in with the other content on this site.