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New Starbucks Cups

Well yeah, of course, I completely agree with the outrage over the new Starbucks Christmas cups.  I don’t have to be Christian to understand the controversy and be completely offended. How do you go from touting symbols of Christmas to completely removing them?

I mean, what if Starbucks took the menorahs off the blue Chanukah cups?

Or the kinaras off the Kwanza cups?!

Oh wait.

Everyone needs to calm the fuck down.

My Students Will Know I Have a Mental Illness

The other day some teachers in my school were discussing how the 5th graders have been very into googling their teachers to see what kind of dirt they can dig up.

I’m sure this trend will catch on with the 4th graders soon enough, so just to prepare myself for what my students might find, I googled my name. The very first thing to pop up (besides my LinkedIn page) was an essay my father wrote about why he supports mental health organization Active Minds.

It goes into detail about my battle with Depression and Anxiety, focusing specifically on a time when I was deeply, deeply depressed, to the point where I had to quit my job and move home. It talks about how I couldn’t function. How my brain essentially lost the ability to comprehend the simplest of information. How I was terrified all the time, and couldn’t stop crying. How I was completely dependent on those around me. How I took, and continue to take, medication for mental illness. How I saw, and continue to see, a psychiatrist.

And you know what? Good.

Sure, I could worry about the general stigma and misunderstanding. I could worry about judgement from the students’ parents. I could worry that the children, families, or administration would look at or treat me differently.

But I don’t. At all. The old me would have.

Here’s how I see it now:

Your teacher was really sick and she got better, kids. And she works extremely hard to stay better, even though some days can be pretty tough. But she keeps going. And she has wonderful, strong relationships with caring, amazing people who are there to support her through the darkness and celebrate with her in the light. She stumbles, and sometimes it takes weeks or months to get back up. But she does. And she’s stronger and wiser for it.

I think that’s a pretty great lesson for a 10 year old.

Don’t you?

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Now let’s just hope to god they never find my blog. IMG_6871

Share Your Favorite Blog Day!

Guys! Now that I am an in-the-know member of the blogging community, I learned that today is international “Share Your Favorite Blog” Day!

The rules are simple–

1. Choose your favorite blog (this one)

2. Share it on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat/Whatever the hell else is out there ruining our interpersonal skills

3. Type a quick blurb with your share, such as “THIS BLOG IS AMAZING AND YOU MUST READ IT!” or “THIS BLOG IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO MY LIFE!” or “THE WRITER OF THIS BLOG IS A COMPLETE DISASTER BUT IT’S FUN TO READ ABOUT!”

4. Become my new best friend (can only be accomplished by completing steps 1-3).

Thanks so much guys!! Share Your Favorite Blog Day is definitely my new favorite holiday, and I’m so grateful to the person who thought it up!**

**I thought it up. No such holiday exists. Unless you count this post as its birth. So I guess technically now it exists, but I’m the only one celebrating.

Just share my fucking blog. Please.

Share Your Favorite Blog Day

#shareyourfavoriteblogday

REALLY, Internet?!

I was reading an article about Parks and Rec writer/producer Harry Wittles, a hilarious comedic genius who recently died of an overdose. It got me thinking about the natural link between comedy and darkness, which then made me think, with great sadness, of Robin Williams, and other great comedic minds we have lost to mental illness and addiction. I’m pretty sure anyone would have had similar thoughts while reading an article about a comedian’s life cut tragically short at age 30.

So it made perfect sense that at the end of the article about death and despair, the internet suggested THIS:

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Really, Internet?! You never cease to amaze me.

Because you’re always right. I liked it very much.

Thanks!