Journeyman's Row
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So far, so good

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Well, it's been about a week and a half since my last blog post so I wanted to keep all of you up to date on my progress with the short story writing and other goings on. I was fortunate to time ending the blogging streak when I did, on the 15th, because for that entire week I was sick with a head cold and sore throat. The symptoms didn't abate until this past Monday the 20th, and set me back about a week with progress on my third short story, "... And Back Again". But as soon as I got past a tricky part of the story to write in the early going, I am now working on the fifth of seven chapters at full speed ahead.

Speaking of updates, on the 20th I took the NAMI sponsored QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program training in what I hope is the beginning of picking up trainings for mental health intervention and resume building. QPR, or Question Persuade Refer, can be best described when compared to CPR for medical emergencies when a person is unconscious for example from a heart attack. This prevention training is meant to be an important tool not just for mental health professionals, but particularly from capable people of the general public who can provide intervention more quickly when friends or family members need the help. I would like to thank Mr. Mark DeRubeis LPC, BSL, BCBA, a certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor, for taking time out of his busy schedule to provide this helpful training and NAMI PA Blair County as well.

My how time flies when I stop and think of there being just under two months until the NAMI sponsored "Find Your Voice" Recovery Conference. The energy and anticipation is already peaking, as local NAMI members are getting very excited for the event. I hope by April to be done with most or all of the short story writing I'd expected to accomplish, because I am far from being done with my regular content blogging. I feel after covering a wide range of mental health and inspirational topics that it was time to begin talking about specific experiences from my past, in greatest detail than before. In order to prepare for this second round of frequent blogging, I of course want to get as much story writing done as I can. Publishing a body of fictional work, and selling it to people whom I hope will find much inspiration from what I've written, has been an important goal of mine for a number of years.

Being able to achieve that endeavor after believing for so long that I was not a capable or good enough writer will undoubtedly be a major boost of confidence and inspiration for the future. Having realized that dream at the same time I began blogging for mental health awareness is not a difficult task. For one, I love the chance multi-task and challenging myself to do more; to push beyond barriers and keep raising the bar. I see these two goals as a challenge to pour everything of myself into this writing and community volunteering work, to give the cause of mental health awareness everything that I can. I haven't felt this much positive drive at any time in recent memory so I have to believe I have found my calling, after seventeen plus years. If there is a chance to craft a living out of this advocacy, then I don't intend to let go of this bull.

Thank you all again for your patience, respect, fellowship, and support. I hope what I've shared of my life and experiences with mental illness have so far inspired the same positive turn around in your lives as I have been. Just don't forget or lose hope, because this is only the beginning of a new tomorrow. By discussing yesterday and today, we all can discover a better tomorrow for each and every one of us. Expect the next update to be posted on March 12th. Thank you.

Categories: Inspirational, "Just Before the Dawn"©

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