And finally a bloom

And finally a bloom. I just check my flowers I have been following since early Spring when they were babes on the 1st of July and no blooms. Still thriving. I decided to have a visit today to see if they were in bloom just yet impatient as I am for the blossoms. To my surprise there were a few blooms. I was so super excited. It had finally made it to summer blooms. It is a large area covered with really tall foliage and will all be in full bloom very soon now and in bright beautiful red glory. Its thriving since Spring reminded me of myself and how I thrive daily. Living one day at a time. Moment by moment thriving to make the next day even sweeter than the day before. Making each new day more vibrant than the last. As I have been studying the manuals and taking the training classes to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist I never dreamed I would have this kind of opportunity or even that this type of opportunity existed until recently. 997 Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001. This known fact certainly could have saved my life an awful lot of pain, grief and agony over the last 10 years. 

I found out that the motto of The GA Peer Institute is “Each One Reach One” and with the facts of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist being :> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.> Must be well grounded in recoveryThese facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.There have been 997 Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.

As this flower has thrived I have thrived right along side. Month to month never certain as to how I am going to meet all the expectations of my bills, rent and groceries. Living alone over the last ten years supporting myself entirely and also  trying to have somewhat of a life. By being involved in many community events I have built a blogging relationship at The Covington News and my three year anniversary is approaching and it has been and served most therapeutic for me. Attending community events, photographing and blogging of these community activities and getting to know many people in the community. Thriving to live another day. Having some type of normalcy to a life-style. According to my doctor’s and therapists I still have to live even though I struggle daily with grief and depression. This state has made right a wrong but I do not think the pain and anguish will ever subside.

I am working on some worksheets currently that include:

Self Monitoring for Relapse Prevention

Behavioral Strategies for Managing and Preventing Depression

Cognitive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Depression

Cognitive Strategies for Preventing Mania

Behavioral Strategies for Preventing Mania

Coping with Psychosocial Stressors and Self – Management

These worksheets were given to me by one of my therapists of The ACT Team of which I am a graduate of in Rockdale County.

I want to get the book Thrive by Arrianna Huffington and apply it to my life. Not only thriving but living.

I wait patiently as God works in my life. I pray for purpose, meaning and his Will to be done.

I feel that The Alcovy Judicial Circuit Mental Courts could and would greatly benefit from adopting classes and training on whole health management and self – help care techniques. Providing clients and patients with worksheets and training to help them in the real world. One example would be by offering The Respect Institute that I am a graduate of offered by Mr. Joel Slack and The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. It teaches you how to appropriately tell your story and to be a strong advocate for oneself. When incarcerated sometimes the only thing you may have to hold onto is a worksheet, a pamphlet, a brochure, a bible. It may be the only thing to keep you going and keep your head above water. Offering comfort and companionship to be found in a piece of paper. I know this to be factual. I hope that in the very near future to once again address the mental health courts with some of my concerns and beliefs.
So as this flower is thriving so am I. Thriving for a better tomorrow.




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