Life Update #4

What horrible irony it is to say that we had a rather quiet and peaceful week in the eyes of the event in Las Vegas, in the eyes of yet another horrible shooting, unnecessary shedding of innocent lives. Our week started with the live coverage of the horrific events and to which I asked hubby to change the channel at first because I couldn’t watch the cell phone video footage capturing the horrible rattling of gunfire into the crowd of innocent people from an invisible place above. 

Though my thoughts go out to the families and victims, I know very well that “thoughts and prayers” are not enough and some sensible gun laws need to start being made. I still can’t understand this nation’s infant-like clinging to guns as if the average American was in constant danger of getting attacked by a bear or a pack of wolves. 

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Interview – Life with Mental Illnesses #1

If you have a broken leg, it would never occur to you to hide your cast nor to be ashamed. It wouldn’t occur to anyone to make remarks like “Get yourself together and throw away those crutches, it’s all in your head…” or anything like that. 

This is not so much the case when it comes to mental illnesses. Not visible and not leaving any visual clues of any inhibition, they are often overlooked, misunderstood and not taken seriously. Mental illness is still a big taboo in our society, an issue we don’t like to talk about, uncomfortable and something we would like to push far away from us. The stigma and misunderstandings and misconceptions around mental illnesses are still huge and a big barrier for all sufferers. 

In this blog segment, I will post interviews with patients and loved ones of sufferers from mental illness. I want to show that you are not alone and give a brief insight into the mind and world of people with mental illnesses and hopefully aid to the breaking of a taboo that is harming way too many people. 

We need to speak up and inform about mental illnesses and this series is an attempt to do so. 

Today, Julia tells us about her life and battle with depression and borderline personality disorder. 

ADVISORY 

tRIGGER WARNING! Potentially triggering content ahead.! 

mental illness, suicide 

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Life Update #3

I’ve had a rather horrible week and am so happy it is finally over! 

Am I even allowed to say that as a blogger, where everything is supposed to be pretty and frilly and full of joy? I think I do, I need to. There is no reason to keep up appearances if they are not truthful anyway, lying and keeping up a facade is so much harder and energy-consuming than being honest… 

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Pumpkin Recipe Inspiration

Come fall, come pumpkins. 

I love pumpkin, I could eat it all the time, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin curry, pumpkin cookies and so much more. Today, some recipe inspiration for you, all around pumpkins. 

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