3-Day Quote Challenge, Day 3

I was challenged by my wonderful friend, Courtney, to do a 3-day quote challenge.

The Rules:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.


I’ve decided that today I’m only posting one quote. I wanted it to come from the ABCFamily show Switched at Birth but I didn’t have a specific quote in mind, so I could just choose whatever jumped out at me. That’s how I found this one:



I may put on a strong front, just like Bay does, but like she so plainly says that “doesn’t mean that I don’t break easily.”

Living with mental illness (bipolar disorder II and anxiety) can be exhausting and more difficult than I let on. I have a tendency to tell people that I’m fine until it gets to the point that literally unable to fake it anymore and just break down.

I know I put on a facade that I’m ok, but if you know me well enough, please, try to push through and get past it to make sure I’m really ok.


Today, I’ve decided that I’m not challenging anyone.

3-Day Quote Challenge, Day 2

I was challenged by my wonderful friend, Courtney, to do a 3-day quote challenge.

The Rules:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.


Yesterday I had three quotes, but today I’m only choosing to use two, one from Marilyn Monroe, and one from Whitney Thore (of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life).
marilyn monroe body positivity

whitney way thore body positivity

Back when Marilyn Monroe was alive, the idea of beauty was so different than it is today. She was a size 12 I believe, and that was thought of as the ideal body size. Somehow, over time, the ideal size became something small and almost unattainable for so many of us – basically the Victoria’s Secret Angels. It makes me so frustrated.

But now, we have people like Whitney Thore speaking up about body positivity – even though she isn’t what the majority of society is thought of as beautiful. Who cares what society says? If you love your body, then flaunt it, be proud of it, talk about it, take pictures.
Another thing Whitney has done, is come up with a body positivity campaign called No Body Shame (#NOBS).

Today I challenge:

  1. Allie
  2. Sarah
  3. Bipolar Fabulous

Just as a disclaimer:
Absolutely nothing is meant by who I’m nominating on each day.


3-Day Quote Challenge, Day 1


I was challenged by my wonderful friend, Courtney, to do a 3-day quote challenge.

The Rules:

  1. Post three consecutive days.
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

Today’s quotes all come from Demi Lovato. She’s such an amazing woman speaking up and out about bullying and mental health and her struggle with Bipolar Disorder. Everything that she’s gone through and come out stronger on the other side of, is a constant reminder that I can do it too.

demi lovato music

No matter what I’m going through, I can almost always find a Demi Lovato song in my music library that’ll start to pick me back up again.


demi lovato recovery



Demi is completely right with this. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly working on our recovery. It’s not something that we really consciously think about. Even on our bad days, when we’re in sweats, with our hair in messy buns, struggling to jus brush our teeth, we are still working on our recovery because we’re trying.


demi lovato warrior

Everything that I’ve been through, whether I like it or not, has made me stronger in some way or another. I truly am a warrior after what I’ve faced.

I challenge:

  1. Jessica (once she’s feeling up to it)
  2. Sarah 
  3. Marisa

Release Blitz: COLLATERAL by J.C. Hannigan


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SERIES: Collide (Book 3)

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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While the scars on Harlow’s body slowly fade, the ones etched into her soul take longer to heal. Harlow faces her biggest challenges yet, as she navigates the trauma of being attacked in her home, the struggle of trying to move on with her love life, and a dark secret that could destroy her most enduring friendship.

This new adult novel is the darkly satisfying third installment of the Collide series. Here, Harlow Jones is at her most raw, as she finally faces her demons, and Iain Bentley, head on.


J.C. Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She writes contemporary romance, through which she brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges.

WEBSITE: www.jchannigan.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/jcahannigan

TWITTER: @jcahannigan

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Sorry I’ve Been Kind of M.I.A.

The last time a full blog post that I wrote went up was almost a month ago.

The last time a blog post about my life went up, was almost two months ago.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m sorry that I’ve kind of gone on hiatus without any explanation.

School started back at the end of August as I’m pretty certain I mentioned in a previous post. It’s now early November, and we’re over halfway through the semester, so I really should have some sort of handle on it by now. But I feel like I don’t. I’m constantly staying up late working on trying to frantically finish everything that’s due the next day.

When I went to see my psychiatrist just a couple weeks after my classes started, I told him my anxiety was becoming more and more of an issue. Naturally, he gave me a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication – Xanax. I’ve been taking that for about two months now and it’s really helped.

When I went back a little over week ago, i told him that my depression was starting to get worse now that darling saving time has ended and it’s getting darker earlier. That led to him asking if it was just my mood that had declined, to if it was my ability to function too. My ability to function hasn’t been affected too much, so I told him it was just my mood that had been dropping. From what I took away from the conversation, there isn’t really another medication that we could add. I left with the direction to keep an eye on my mood and to up the dosage of my Seroquel.

I haven’t officially upped it yet, but I probably will in the not too distant future.

November is National Novel Writing Month – or as many writers like to call it NaNoWriMo.

Most years I see people talking about it all over social media, and secretly admire them for participating and writing a book. This year, I decided that I was going to join in.

However, I’m not writing a fiction book like most people are. Instead I’m writing a memoir about something I experienced about a year and a half ago.

Things have definitely been slow going for me. I haven’t even hit 5,000 words yet. I’m kicking myself for being so slow, but I also know that writing something like this isn’t about finishing it in 30 days.

The whole point of doing it, is to tell my story. I’m only using NaNoWriMo to get myself started and be able to see how far I’ve come with the project in the month of November.

I have my yearly eye exam in just over a week. But that’s a whole separate post because there’s so much more to cover than what I want to cram into this post.

NaNoWriMo Day 3 Pep Talk

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. As part of their motivation, they have pep talks from famous authors sent to all participants every so often. Today, the pep talk came from Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.

I may not be writing a fiction book, but this is something that I loved and thought applies to any writer:

The greatest thing about writing is that it’s just you and the page. The most horrifying thing about writing is that it’s just you and the page. Contemplation of that dichotomy is enough to stop most people dead in their tracks.

Success in writing—and by that, I mean getting the contents of your head out onto the page in a form that other people can relate to—is largely a matter of playing mind games with yourself. In order to get anywhere, you need to figure out how your own mind works—and believe me, people are not all wired up the same way.1

Casual observation (i.e., talking to other writers for thirty years or so) suggests that about half of us are linear thinkers. These people really profit from outlines and wall-charts and index cards filled out neatly in blue pen with each character’s shoe size and sexual history (footnoted if these are directly correlated). The rest of us couldn’t write that way if you paid us to.

Anyone educated in the art of composition in the Western Hemisphere at any time in the last hundred years was firmly taught that there is One Correct Way to write, and it involves strictly linear planning, thought, and execution. You Must Have a Topic Sentence. You Must Have a Topic Paragraph. YOU MUST HAVE AN OUTLINE. And so forth and so tediously on…

Got news for you: You don’t have to do it that way. Anything that gets words on the page is the Right Thing to Do.

Do you write in disconnected bits, where you can see things happening? I do.

Do you write in ten or fifteen minute chunks, when that’s all the time you have? I sure do. (I mean, it’s nice to have unlimited time, but nobody ever does. Nobody ever finds time, either—you make it, or you haven’t got any.)

Blap down a rough draft in a blazing roar of creation? No, I never do that—I fiddle and creep and go back and forth and back and forth; I don’t have rough drafts; I have finished scenes. They just aren’t connected to anything…

But no matter how you write, it’s always you and the page. And the page isn’t in a position to tell you anything you do is wrong. Therefore…anything you do must necessarily be the Right Way to Write. Go for it!

–Diana Gabaldon