Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book and building my speaking career! 
You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up. 
You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in age from 20's to 80's. Actor Luke Perry, my middle…

It's Not About Mental Illness, but Mental Health

I love the month of May because it's Mental Health Awareness Month and International Masturbation Month. I hope you are honoring both by taking care of your mental health and treating yourself to some kind of fun and safe sexual pleasure. It doesn't get any safer with masturbation. But I'll write about self-pleasuring a little later.

The video below is from an acceptance speech I gave after being acknowledged for a mental health podcast I hosted. The discussion on mental health is usually dark and heavy, I tried to bring uplifting content to that show. That show is the reason why I shared my diagnosis of depression. I didn't feel right interviewing people about their mental health and not sharing my own challenges. Thankfully, over time I learned how to manage my health condition. My good days are far more than my bad days. But when I start feeling the blues, I know I need to go to therapy, get out of the house, exercise, change my diet, change my thinking, etc.

I share this so those of you with mental health challenges are not ashamed. I hope we focus more on caring for our mental health, instead of looking at these challenges as just an illness. We all should be managing our mental health daily. Stress, anxiety, grieving a loved one--that can turn into something more serious if you don't have the proper care and support.

Take care of your mind folks!


 

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