500

Today I was very pleased to open my blog and see this on the upper right hand corner:

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 8.29.37 PM

WHA???

500 people other than me are following this blog?! That is utter madness! I know it’s not totally real because there’s some doubling up across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress itself (if you’re not following on any of those sites and you want to, now is the time! woohoo!), but STILL! SQUEE!!

I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!!!

Having this wonderful space to write my (mostly) uncensored thoughts has been a tremendous help for moving through this process of continuing therapy after Zooey’s abandonment. And, you know, life in general. My wife always reads my posts and the comments and she constantly says, “You have the best followers and commenters!” 

And I really do ❤

So thank you. Really. It means the world.

As an added fun bonus for all 500 (ish) of you, I’m going to do the Three Quote Challenge that the ever-lovely Zoe over at Trash Diaries tagged me for. My dear friend E did it, too, so I mean…peer pressure, right? 🙂

So here are three of my very favorite quotes:

“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”

– Brene Brown

“I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us.”

– Chris Cleave, Little Bee

“I don’t think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.”

– Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Alright. Happy Saturday, my lovely readers! Tomorrow is Father’s Day in probably a bunch of countries, so…extra love and good juju and compassion and hugs for all of us with shitty dads. Also – remind me to STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA TOMORROW! Oy.

xo

Warrior Child

Thanks to the lovely blogger E, or That Anxious Mom, I have been nominated for my very first blogging award! Yay!

When I started “Therapy Sucks” two months ago, I just needed a place to vent so that I didn’t explode all over the place. I was in the throes of some very serious grief and was absolutely devastated from losing Zooey. I truly had no idea that this blog – my words – would turn out to be something so many people would connect with. I have somehow drawn in the most wonderful people to this little internet cubby of mine and I have learned that I am very far from being alone in my experiences.

The award E nominated me for is called the “Warrior Child Award“. Here is how the award is described:

“Awarded by any member of the Mental Health Writers’ Guild it is awarded without reservation or expectation to any blogger who, in the opinion of that Guild Member, has demonstrated in their writing both the ability to be as strong, determined or brave as a warrior whilst at the same time also showing that they too are as vulnerable as a child.”

warriorchildaward1

When E nominated me for this award, she left this comment:

Hi Andi, I don’t know if you do the blogger award things, but I did want to nominate you for the Mental Health Writer’s Guild Warrior Child award….you are one strong and inspiring person, among the first who came to mind when I saw that part. 

Thank you so much, E. This truly means a lot to me. (To us).