• August 2018 was definitely a month to be celebrated! #chronicillness #mentalhealth #travel #thefrozenmind #roundup

    August Wrap Up – A Month to Celebrate

    August went by so fast! The weather will soon start to cool and football season is getting ready to start. Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year. It is that sweet spot between summer and Christmas with all of the homey smells and comfort food that makes me happiest. But before I can move toward fall, I have a few things to celebrate! August by the Numbers August was my best month yet for my blog! I stopped setting number goals two months ago because having that hanging over my head was causing me anxiety. Instead, I focused on strategies to drive traffic to my blog, reading and…

  • Enjoy this comfort food that is easy to make in the slow cooker! Beef Tips and Gravy will be great to cook while you are enjoying fall activities. #slowcooker #crockpot #recipes #comfortfood #thefrozenmind

    Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

    Cooler weather will be here soon, football season is finally here and it won’t be long and we will all be trying to get our Christmas shopping done. This slow cooker meal is perfect to have cooking while you are out enjoying all that the fall season has to offer. These beef tips will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the gravy is rich and savory. This dish will be great served over rice or mashed potatoes. HANDY TIP: Want to cook an entire meal while you are away? Put the Beef tips and Gravy in 1 large slow cooker, green beans in a smaller slow cooker and have the rice timed…

  • The Healing is in the Journey #healing #ChristIanLiving #faith #chronicillness #prayer #thefrozenmind

    The Healing is in the Journey

    But Why Isn’t God Just Healing Me? Many people have been praying for my healing for several years. It is easy to find doubt in those seemingly unanswered prayers. The Bible does state in Matthew 7:7 to, “ask and it shall be given unto you…” so it is difficult to understand why the many prayers appear to go unanswered. What is healing anyway? According to the dictionary, Healing is defined as,”the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.”. Even the definition says it is a process but we tend to think of healing as something that is instantaneous. Seeing this definition puts this into perspective for me and…

  • I am figuring out how to be more active while completing my first blog series and all while apparently chatting my husbands ears off! Sounds like a pretty productive month to me. #linkup #achronicvoice #chronicillness #blogseries

    Completing a Blog Series – Link Up Party with A Chronic Voice

    I have been reading posts from the monthly Link Up Parties at A Chronic Voice for a few months. After finishing a blog series, I was having trouble thinking of a good topic.  Since this link has a writing prompt, I have decided to give it a try. This month the writing prompts are: Figuring Completing Boring Cuddling Chatting i am supposed to pick at least 3 of these topics to write about to be eligible for the link up. I am not going to write about number 4 because I have not clue what I would write about. So here goes, my first effort at participating in a Link…

  • It was a win because the team won and because I made it through the entire game. It was a defeat because doing so pushed my body well beyond its limits. - #boundaries #health #chronicillness #hemiplegicmigraine #football

    When a Win Feels Like a Defeat

    Last Friday night, my step-grandson was playing in the first varsity football 🏈 game of the season. I really wanted to go because I had missed the entire season last year. I wanted to see him help his team get the win! Right from the start, I knew this was going to be an up hill battle because of the heat and humidity. My husband and I talked through every possible scenario and planned for each of them. We planned for the worst possibility which would be having a full blown Hemiplegic Migraine at the game. Planning this was made more difficult because we didn’t know how far the parking was…

  • Click the pin to read my story of depression, suicide and triumph. #suicide #depression #stigma #mentalhealth #mentalillness

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 4

    This is the last part of a four part series about my mental health story. You can get to the previous posts by clicking the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I lost 16 of what should have been my most productive years to mental illness. I really can’t tell you how many psychiatric hospitalizations that I had during this time because I lost count. My mind was so mired in the events of the past that there was no today or tomorrow to be seen. It was like my mind wanted to punish me for the things that other people had done to me. I was drowning…

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy Part 3 - #mentalhealth #mentalillness #depression

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 3

    When I woke up in ICU the next day, I knew this had been very different from before. This time there could be possible damage to my liver and kidneys but what we really different was me. I was scared this time. I knew that if something did not change that one day it would go from a passing thought to a permanent solution.  Something had to change and it had to change now. My mind could no longer be in charge.

  • Smarter Kitchen Desserts: Brownie Surprise Cake - #dessert #recipe #baking

    Brownie Surprise Cake

    I let my followers on Twitter decide what type of recipe to post and a Dessert won!  I knew right away that this Brownie Surprise Cake would be my choice. When I bake cakes, I love to doctor up a cake mix because the possibilities are endless. It is so easy to do and it changes the texture and taste of an ordinary cake mix. No one will ever have a clue that this delectable cake started with a box mix! Don’t let the look of the recipe keep you from making this dessert. It really is not a hard recipe. With its brownie soaked in chocolate sauce and light,…

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy Part 2 - #mentalhealth #mentalillness #selfharm

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

    <<Part 1 I woke up in a hospital, not the kind with private rooms and nice nurses that bring you medication. This one had a person watching every move I made. I was allowed a pillow but no blanket, shoes but no shoelaces and bathroom privileges but no privacy. My mind had officially created a battlefield in my life. Over the next few years this string of events would happen so many times that I don’t know the number of admissions I had. Each time I would get asked, “what happened right before you hurt yourself that made you want to die?”. My answer was always the same…”nothing”. No one…

  • How my Mind Became my Enemy - #depression #selfharm #mentalhealth #mentalillness

    How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

    To say that my twenties were turbulent would be putting it mildly but to put it bluntly, I was an emotional mess. My life was out of control and the prospects of it getting better seemed slim to none. There were several things that happened in my mind that created the chaos and ultimately, my mind became my enemy. I had always been that person who looked at the floor when she walked in front of a group. I don’t know, I just felt like they were all judging me. Was I walking funny or what if I fall and embarrass myself? In my mind, I was inferior to all…