Signs & Symptoms

Just as with other illness, prevention is key! To keep a cold away, doctors recommend individuals wash hands, keep hands away from the mouth, cover a sneeze or cough with an elbow or tissue. Occasionally, we miss something though. Before long, someone in the family is feverish, grumpy with no appetite. The symptoms were there, and actions are taken to stop the illness from progressing. Each mental illness has it’s own set of signs and symptoms. These are extremely important because a mental illness isn’t as obvious to the world around us.. it’s the invisible battle. The common warning signs … Continue reading Signs & Symptoms

#FOWC: Castle

Every year, during the first full week of October, the castle, on the hill, begins its annual ritual. First, the small path through the forest, that outlines the west side of town, becomes overthrown with thistles and thorns. The air grows thick, with a faint stench of burned flesh. It’s suffocating! Adventurers have attempted to win the challenge of making it to the castle; but, so few have succeeded. Those who have, have not been seen again…. They appear in dreams of family members. The darkness of nightfall is an unrecognizable black. There’s no light, not a mere shimmer, sparkle, … Continue reading #FOWC: Castle

#FOWC: Beard Fun

Inspired by FOWC: Beard I have just found my “wow” for the day! You guys ready for this? Brace yourselves…. View this post on Instagram If we could all learn to love each other, even in the face of our differences, perhaps we’d realize that deep down, we’re all just the same… Portland, that was a #Pride we truly will never forget. We love you all ❤️ A post shared by The Gay Beards (@thegaybeards) on Jun 17, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT //www.instagram.com/embed.js I adore individuals who are comfortable in their own skin…. But in this case, Comfortable in their … Continue reading #FOWC: Beard Fun

#CFFC Tuesday #3

Theme: Things people play with  ANIMAL PUPPETS This is a free play area for kids at one of many Metro Parks in Cleveland. These puppets are awaiting kids at Rocky River Nature Center, along with blocks, a huge turtle shell, fish to view, and more. Cleveland has really impressed me with how well kept they’ve managed these parks. In addition to the cleanliness, I’m so impressed with the whole set up. Big cities usually struggle to keep nature close by ; not Cleveland. You can check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Here:) Continue reading #CFFC Tuesday #3

#FOWC: Beard ~ Wednesday

The beard adds years to his life. He spends nearly two decades waiting for the “masculine maturity”. After some time, one day, he wakes up and there they are, the grungy rough edges of stubs. Day by day they grow, oh how he is so proud. They shape his jawbone, creating a deeper handsome character about his appearance. From that moment on, he was no longer a boy, but a dashing image of deception. Check out #FOWC here:) I just remembered this silly trend from a few years back! https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/news/a49797/glitter-beards-trend/ Continue reading #FOWC: Beard ~ Wednesday

Common Mental Disorders

The National Alliance on Mental Health defines a “mental illness” as: a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood [https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions]. Such illnesses include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Anxiety Disorders Generalized Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Phobias A.) Related conditions Depression Substance Use Eating Disorders Trouble sleeping 3. Autism 4. Bipolar Disorder 5. Borderline Personality Disorder 6. Depression 7. Dissociative Disorders 8. Early Psychosis and Psychosis 9. Eating Disorders 10. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 11. Schizoaffective Disorder 12. Schizophrenia Continue reading Common Mental Disorders

26 Questions

There’s a blogger of which I am certain will be someone I always remember. She’s just a soul that blends well with mine, and I’m grateful to have come accross her page. One post she has,  is entitled ” 26 Questions.” Now, I’m fully aware that I wasn’t  tagged as a chosen one to fill this out and share ; however, sometimes I struggle with the confinement of rules LOL.  That being said, here’s my Q&A ;): 2. Who are you named after?  No one lol. I was born Brandy, and named Brooke after the adoption. 3. Do you like … Continue reading 26 Questions

This vs That

You know what I love about theory? It can be proven to be truth, by some tangible evidence. Likewise, it can be debunked by tangible evidence. Trial and error produces results that either support or debunk a theory. In the case of spirituality, though truth relies on personal beliefs for the majority, the same CAN still happen. Let’s say a trial is set up to determine whether or not a concoshtion of drugs can cure Hodgkinson lymphoma. Through studies, researchers have reported this cancer ills middle-aged African Americans more so than other group. Coincidently, spiritual beliefs also reign strong in … Continue reading This vs That

#FOWC: Refuge: Apparent: Immense

I met him on a dating app, Badoo (Premium). A paid monthly membership’s, not only, provides additional features, but also, increases the likelihood of positive results. {Or at least that’s my train to thought!} He had the gorgeous black curls, with the perfect complimentary brown eyes. He was polite and asked me to join him for coffee the coming Saturday. I was NERVOUS! I was excited. He has the Native American ethnic features (which I love)… and there was this “thing” in his eyes… a thing I didn’t yet know would become my home, my safe refuge from the anxiety … Continue reading #FOWC: Refuge: Apparent: Immense

Lettrs: Hoorah

Gretchen is like so many others, above and beyond what’s asked of her, selflessly giving, dedicated worker, loyal to work and family. She managed, though, to trip into some sticky situations with a monster of a spouse, and a greedy employer. We’ve been in situations that have been sticky, haven’t we? Our choices have gotten us in a bit of a mess, but hindsight is 20/20. Her instance was rather serious. She needed to act fast, and finally put herself first… To protect her life! Are you in that position? Are you holding on to something that’s destroying you, your … Continue reading Lettrs: Hoorah

#FF: “Sense”ational

Paisley was the light of Patricia’s life! She was positive and cheerful, loved everyone, and enjoyed life. Patricia always said Paisley could accomplish anything, despite her Down Syndrome. As Paisley’s 16th birthday approached, Patricia decided a beach theme would be perfect. It was her favorite escape in the area. On a single table, Patricia laid several genuine beach relics. These were memorabilia  of when she and her mother visited Sunset Shore! Patricia smiled at her special arrangement. It’s but bittersweet acceptance to pass it down to the next generation. Check out Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge Here:D Bittersweet acceptance of … Continue reading #FF: “Sense”ational

#WAD: Anticipate

Photo taken from Pinterest Why I anticipate Autumn! The burn orange and burgundy colors are gorgeous Mums are lushious and full of bloom. Watching the leaves change colors is magical. Warm beverages taste better. Cuddling feels extra warm. Football games are occasionally fun. Pumpkin spice is a favorite of mine. Perfect time of year for photography! The sun is extra amazing when it shines through the leaves of color Scents like pecans, maple, apple, and caramel are yummy. Sunsets are cooler, sunrises crispy. Sweaters and jeans are my wardrobe. Fuzzy socks feel so comfy. Rainy days invite acceptance of melancholy … Continue reading #WAD: Anticipate

Clubhouse “Dumbfounded”!

Everyday, around 3:15, my younger daughter and I arrive at the school in which Zivah attends. Typically, I’ll take Sweet Pea(Calandra) to the school playground, because she loves interacting with the other kids and playing on the slide. Today was no different. We arrived a bit earlier so I could check on Zivah. I believe she’s been having a tough time with severe separation anxiety and uncomfortable pain from ingrowning molars. She’s spent the end of last week and much of this week, this far, crying 😦 I wish I knew what’s the solution. I am trying to piece this … Continue reading Clubhouse “Dumbfounded”!

God, Have Mercy

I hear music all the time. Songs from generations ago, and stuff that’s on the radio today. I’ve heard such a vast mix of genres, artists, and types of music. It’s been my diary, my best friend, my voice, and my blanket of safety. Anytime I needed healing, I replied on music to work it’s magic… And it ALWAYS prevailed. But, as years passed, and Ive grown from a child to a young adult… And a young and inexperienced foolish newly wed, to this wise and refined concept of beauty, I’ve listened to old familiar songs and heard them for … Continue reading God, Have Mercy

#CFFC 2

Check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge here:D *This week the theme is: Things people grow* I don’t know how ANYONE gets through a week without me time! I’ve grown it’s allotted time in my life because I kind of like my sanity. I need quiet, to recharge and escape all the overwhelming stimuli that’s in my life. So, people grow the amount of me time once they realize it’s something they deserve. Continue reading #CFFC 2

Four

Four little porcupines Set out on their morning walk, Down four sets of hallway stairs, Deep in piney talk, Out the yellow door went Mr North, Out the blue went Mr South, Then came a third, and Mr Forth. Little buttoned sweaters, matching Boots and hats, One, two, three, Four… Oh dear, here come the rats!! Wobble wobble, wibble Roll… They escaped two by two, But Mr North barely made it, With the gum under his shoe! Continue reading Four

7 Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms

7 Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms — Read on piganddac.com/7-survival-tips-for-highly-sensitive-moms/ What’s Highly Sensitive? It’s a state of living in which all scenes are over stimulated. Lights appear as if they’re prepared for a Friday night football game. Sounds are as if projected through a surround sound… On it’s highest sound level. People who are sensitive make up roughly 10-20% of the population… And some of you MAY acknowledge yourself to be HSP. A few years ago, actually 8 to be exact, I discovered this about myself. It was life changing. I’ve grown in love for myself and prioritize my … Continue reading 7 Survival Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms

#WAD: Muster

As Fredrick stood outside the meeting door, he felt much more collected. Quickly, he was able to regain his professional composure. While his heartbeat slowed, Fredrick remembered a peculiar scene he witnessed this morning. He stepped out of the taxi, and there behind a company garbage bin, was a tan tabby cat. Roughly six inches away, was a muster of other cats, clustered together, facing the tabby. Fredrick never makes time for what’s going on around him; his job is a constant To-Do manual, scrolling through his mind. On this particular morning; though, the cat possy made him question the … Continue reading #WAD: Muster

#WAD: Exemplify

The buzzing was so persistent! Fredrick didn’t silence his phone due to his type of work, and his aging parents, but this was quickly escalating his irritation. In addition to this unnecessary interruption, he angrily mumbled “Everyone knows my Thursdays are the same weekly!!!” {Big, deep, breath in…. Big extensive exhale…out} Fredrick repeated this brief but effective breathing exercise. If one truth was certain, he wasn’t going to allow his impatience to get the best of him. While growing up, his father would exemplify the ugliness of an easily angered man. Fredrick vowed he’d never follow that particular set of … Continue reading #WAD: Exemplify

#WAD: Thursday

Once Capacious 🏢 His capacious apartment once felt like home: 3 bedrooms,  1.5 bath, 2600 square feet. The patio faced North, and the master bedroom displayed the sunset every evening, through the extra wide double glass windows. Fredrick remembered the summer of 3026, when he and his newly wedded bride relocated here. He had his future solid, dreams blooming, and held so much faith in the boundless opportunities God had shown him. A few months past a year later, all of this reality changed. Fredrick was in a meeting, and his phone would not stop buzzing. This post is my first entry in Roger Shipp’s The … Continue reading #WAD: Thursday

For the Love of Challenges

I was hoping to find this list:D Doesn’t it feel wonderful when you find something little that makes like easier by leaps and bounds? Through the Friday Fictioneers, I’ve been challenged to research and explore unfamiliar grounds. Before this year, I would have ran in the opposite direction at the sniff of a challenge! That changed when I began living with the attitude, “Go ahead and try… Worry about the failure WHEN and/IF you fail.” Anyway, I hope this is encouragement for you to participate with and engage within our blogging community.  via For the Love of Challenges Continue reading For the Love of Challenges

Constructive or Destructive Approach

I’m a fairly new blogger. I wish I had 36 hours in a day to write, read, comment, share, like and do all that blogging entails. I know proofreading is something I’ve struggled with since my early early writing days (high school!). I know errors may create distaste in readers. I know it’s unprofessional. I know I am working on this though. As a writer, I am first a reader. I read others ‘ work as much as possible… And I gain knowledge, helpful tips, and insight by doing so. As a reader, just as I do as a writer, and in my every day life, … Continue reading Constructive or Destructive Approach

When I knew🍁🌸💜

Love is…. that moment when you look at someone and completely question everything that you thought made sense. Love is… that moment when you question your life because this feeling of being complete has settled on you. Love is… that moment when you ache to please someone else, and their happiness becomes your focus. Love is… that moment when you undoubtedly trust your heart in someone else’s hands. Love is… that moment when you realize you can’t stay mad at that individual. Love is… that moment when you recognize this person is always on your mind. Love is… that moment when you are no longer the … Continue reading When I knew🍁🌸💜

Please Read

Good Afternoon/Day Lovelies: I wanted to clarify something: ALL of my “Friday Fictioneers” are about James ( first introduced) then a Continumium) and his mystery woman (Who Ive named Ezra). The idea of James and his family being masters of architecture with grandfather clocks came from a FF of which I didn’t participate. I simply didn’t have time that week. The Butler is someone who’s working the Winter Formal. Hope this helps~ MoonChild Nova Continue reading Please Read

#FF: Tick-Tock, Coffee’s Hot

Photo Prompt Credit: Priorhouse James recited his speech, as he made his way up the darkened stairwell. As a young lad, James attended this Annual Winter Formal with his Father and Grandfather. As a seventh generation tradesman, James fell right into succession as a Master of Architecture with Grandfather Clocks. Finally reaching the complimentary coffee bar, the butler  served himself a freshly brewed cup of Highlander Grogg. “I wonder if she would enjoy such a great blend of bean?”, he wondered. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her, the beauty at the coffee shop. Sigh. Tick-Tock Tick-Tock Check … Continue reading #FF: Tick-Tock, Coffee’s Hot

What?

Today truly feels like the twilight zone. Nothing feels good. Nothing feels normal. Nothing feels happy. My decision to begin birth control might have been a really big mistake. Without going into unnecessary details, it’s a decision I made for myself, not because this was needed per say. Right now, I feel as if I’ve lost control of my emotions. I wanna eat everything in sight. I feel super chilly…. As if it’s 45 degrees and the end of October outside. Despite my efforts to remain calm with my anxiety medication, I’m a crying mess. Happy Saturday y’all. Anyone wanna … Continue reading What?