I’m finally taking the plunge into the slightly terrifying world of blogging. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time and just never worked up enough courage to do until now.
What do I plan on blogging about, you might be wondering? That’s a very good question. I’m not quite sure yet, to be honest with you! When I was doing a bit of research about blogging, one blogger suggested choosing something you could be considered an expert on to write about. An expert? I thought to myself. The only thing I consider myself an expert on is taking naps! I laugh, but it’s kind of true. So instead of trying to pinpoint one topic to concentrate on, right now I’m just going to jot down a few things to help you get to know me. Sound good?
A brief history of myself: I grew up in Alaska and I now live in northern California. I’m married to a wonderful guy and we have two fur-babies, Chippy and Roo. Chippy is a mean little Chihuahua and Roo is a sweet, clumsy Corgi/Beagle…we think? We love to go on hikes and spend time outdoors, but we also love binge-watching our favorite shows on Netflix until our butts are numb from sitting too long. (Game of Thrones or Supernatural, anyone?) I work at a library where I mainly tell people they can’t eat inside, and I like to go to metal concerts as often as I’m able.
Things I’m passionate about: Jesus, animals (especially dogs!), books, nature, history, music, staying healthy and fit, and art.
Things I want to accomplish in life: publishing a book, traveling all over the world (especially Europe), earning my Masters and eventually PhD degrees, learning a second language, and saving as many shelter dogs as I can.
Favorite book: Dracula (this might be a ‘hipster’ thing to say, but I was into vampires before they were mainstream, ok?).
Favorite bands: For Today, Underoath, Silent Planet, Dayseeker, Memphis May Fire, and Fit For A King. (Basically anything metal, metalcore, post-hardcore, or screamo.)
Pet peeves: blanket fuzz that gets stuck on the carpet, people who don’t use their blinkers to change lanes, and the incorrect usage of ‘there,’ ‘their,’ and ‘they’re.’
Things I struggle with: Trichotillomania (that ridiculously long word means I pull my hair out), depression, social anxiety, guilt, regret, self-confidence, and anger.
As you can see, I struggle a great deal with my mental health. There are many facets to this because ‘mental health’ itself is just such a wide topic, but the main issue I have is Trichotillomania. Basically, I pull my hair out. Yeah, it’s weird. Really weird. And inconvenient. And time-consuming. And incredibly embarrassing. My struggle with Trich has caused more heartache, pain, and tears than I care to admit.
I guess, more than anything else, I’m an expert on Trichotillomania! I’ve had it for 25 years so I think I probably know everything there is to know about this disorder. Do you have Trichotillomania or any similar disorders? How do you handle it / keep it in control? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any feedback is welcome!