My Monday Coffee

I wanted to start a series of Monday posts which I talk about my previous week in this mental illness life and look towards the week ahead. It’s an excellent way to refocus my week as I have struggled the last couple of weeks to get going on Mondays.

Last week was a mixed bag. Some good days, a couple of bad days, and one really decent day.

I continue to work on my new sleep/wake schedule of waking up at 5 am and being asleep by ten pm. It’s helped me in some ways as I can be more productive earlier in my day. I decided to make the change because I always wake up at five, but I would stay in bed until eight or nine. It seemed to me wasted time.

The downside? I am sleeping about the same, and I am awake and up more hours during the day. Still, the upside is spending more time at my favorite coffee shop doing my school thing and of course writing.

I had one-day last week where I just was able to survive. It happens in this life. At the week’s end, I had completed everything I needed to do, and I am starting another fast-paced week. I have a lot to do as always, and I want to front-load the next two days so that I can take a break in the middle of the week.

I am excited that opening day of Dodgers 2018 campaign starts this Thursday. It’s against the hated Giants but too bad about the Giants losing their ace. Baseball is how I get going in the Spring and Summer months into the fall. Most Dodger games are at 7:10 Pacific time, and that means I have to get all my work done before that time. It also helps me to relax, as I love the game of baseball.

I have some exciting topics I want to talk about including my continued workings on CBT. Right now I am working with my therapist on the panic attack side of my issue so that I figure out the triggers of my social anxiety that leads to panic attacks. I have already started a post this week that discusses my CBT training.

I am also going to the DMV to renew my license tomorrow afternoon. It’s the first time I had to go in since I got my license. All I have to do is take the eye exam and take a new picture. Easy as a pie. I worry a bit because DMV is always busy and it will be a test of my social anxiety. I will have plenty of Ativan to help get through it, but I am still worried about it. The plus side is I made an appointment so it should be a relatively quick process.

Lastly, I am moving forward with the editing and proofreading of my memoir. I really wish I could pay someone to do this, but alas all my cash is tied up in getting my memoir self-published. Finding time to edit has been an issue and I exploring other options that people recommended to me.

I have maybe an hour or two I can dedicate to my project each day. I want to expand and figure a way to conquer this by adding more hours. The downside is I picked up another significant manuscript transcribing and proofreading job, and it’s looking like a big project. I need the money. Self-publishing isn’t cheap.

Well, that’s my Monday coffee. Wish everyone a productive week. Always keep fighting.


Upgrading The Bipolar Writer Blog to Business

I am looking to expand The Bipolar Writer blog to new territories that include having the blog sell books for other artists (if I can make everything work). I am also looking to sell my own book here on my blog. I hate asking for donations but I have to do what I can.


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14 Replies to “My Monday Coffee”

  1. Hey James,

    Sorry I haven’t been around for so long. Unfortunately, I’ve been quite sick.
    I’m not sure whether it still exists but there is a quite good free editing service that used to be online about five or so years ago. Basically, it was people practising to become editors who would provide their services for free or very cheap. I very briefly did some work for them while I was studying. Might be worth tracking down?

    Sending you warm thoughts, and hope that this week is much better than next!

    1. Hey I am glad that you reached out. I am sorry to hear that you are sick…. that sucks. I hope everything is getting better. I will check out and see what is available. I am so worried about others reading my work. It’s part of my own deal.

      1. I can definitely understand that. It takes a while to be ready for an edit. I think being as careful about that as possible is important, otherwise, it’s easy to end up discouraged about the whole project. Do have a look when you’re ready though!

        My new chronic condition is similar to when I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety in some ways. I’m pretty much having to learn how to do everything again, as it causes almost permanent physical pain. The good news is heaps of people seem to learn to function with it really well after a few years. The bad news is it’s going to take a few years 🙁 It will get better though. Thanks for the support!!!

  2. Reflecting the last week and planning the new week at the same time seems a good idea to me. It brings closure and the feeling of a fresh start at the same time. Maybe I’ll try this, too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi! Major thumbs up for getting a week under your belt with the new schedule, I feel consistency is the hardest part. I’m actually working on coming up with a new morning routine to help get me a more positive start to my day. It’s a work in progress and I’ll probably put together a post on it soon to offer people some suggestions. The CBT training sounds exciting, I’ll def be checking that post out. I’m meeting with a new therapist next Monday so hopefully that goes well, I’m already anxious and it’s still days away hahaha. Hope the rest of your week goes well!

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