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Shout Out to My Blog Readers & EMM Facebook Page Fans

Recently, I established EMM Enterprise, LLC, which is primarily about me encouraging and motivating individuals to write. Moreover, the EMM Enterprise, LLC Facebook page shows me as the writer, speaker, and book-writing coach, which I am, offline.

However, you all, including my Overcoming Schizophrenia blog readers will always, and forever hold a great part of my vibrant recovery spirit! You've seen me grow over the years in my recovery since 2008, and my journey to focus on my mental health related career as a writer and speaker, which is my livelihood- I thank you! Embracing My Mind, Inc. Facebook fans, and Overcoming Schizophrenia blog readers you've helped me grow in so many ways as an advocate, writer, and into the person I am today- Ashley! -who also lives in recovery with mental health challenges. I love y'all!

Lastly, I want you to glance at my EMM Enterprise LLC Facebook page, and "like" the site.  -Ashley
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I Am Happy Today Because...

I am 31 years old. I am a single-parent. I am a writer, an advocate and peer counselor for mental wellness. I also have schizoaffective disorder; schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (mania), and anxiety. And today, I am happy...

I have a beautiful son that I am thankful to have and to love on every second of my life! I am working on a book with two great friends on recovery, Angela B. Franklin and Charlene Flagg. Our book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness and Recovery REVEALED, is for release this year (2018).

Because of my condition I am more aware of mental illness. I am passionate for the cause to fight the ongoing beast of widespread stigma, and negativity on persons living with mental health conditions. I aim to encourage mental wellness for myself, peers, and EVERYBODY. Living with my diagnoses enables me to be conscious of my self care needs, demand to engage in self-love activities, and to strive for overall wellness with my many goals, and attempts to get…

Goals vs. Limited Time

Because the year [2017] is closing, I am going to start preparing to my mindset, spirituality, finances, and miscellaneous needs; and overall wellness, today. I have many goals, in fact, I always have a goal. I like to check off my goals like a grocery list. Most times I categorize goals by dividing them into short-term (1-6 months), or long-term (6 months-2 years), phases and deadline to meet.

For example, here are a few of my goals:
To master punctuality; to be at work, and events earlier, in order, to reduce anxieties and stress.To wake up earlier at least twice a week in order to gives thanks to God, journal, and to prepare my mindset for the day.I am going to look into getting more certifications as a peer counselor, and trainer.I will be more attentive to others, and will reduce offering feedback, because I need more information, and I enjoy lively conversations, everyday.  However, I have a longer list than that, but I could prioritize my lists by focusing on two goals each week…

Ashley Co-Authors New Book- Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness Revealed

Next month is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July), and the debut of my new book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness REVEALED. I co-author this book with two awesome women, and friends, Angela Franklin and Charlene Flagg. We will present our book on July 22, 2017 at the 2017 Mental Health Conference at House of Hope Church, hosted by their counseling center, Haven House, located on 4650 Float Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034.


First the book, Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mental Illness REVEALED,explores three individualized stories of living with a diagnosis. We share candid experiences with self-stigma, and barriers to living our lives well in recovery. Despite the pain, traumas, and setbacks in wellness and life; Angela, Charlene, and I accepted change, and help.

In our book, we reflect on our challenges and progress to better manage recovery; and to survive, thrive, and to live! Our faith played a significant role in grasping and maintaining hope for a better da…

Loving.. My Mother

This month (June) is the anniversary of my mother's life.



The picture of me and my mother was taken while I was in high school. In this picture, we were standing on the porch in front of her antique shop. There are countless lessons she instilled in me, however, entrepreneurship is one of the few at the top of that list. Another is how to be a great supporter and mother by making loving sacrifices for one's child. While I was not well, and at my worse, she stopped working to relocate, in order to care and support me. I love my mother, and that experience portrayed the woman, and mother I aim to be remembered by my own child.

I saw an American Greetings card and purchased it for myself. I think of my mother everyday, I want to acknowledge and celebrate her with another soothing image for me. I am honoring my mother's life and passing due to stage four breast cancer.

I am also honoring all amazing mothers and women who've impacted us in loving ways among a million other…

One Decade One Purpose

I have a lot to say, however, I am hesitant to blog about it, because I am working on a couple of books. I will publish a collective piece with peers, and also publish my follow up book to What's On My Mind? later this year (2017).

While I am excited to share my recovery journey I am frequently challenged by the ability to appropriately delegate my writings between the blog and book. My "Overcoming Schizophrenia" blog is still my healthy outlet and love... I appreciate all readers and strive to give my love to them forever through my self-expressive writings in order to relate, educate, and to further empower our growing recovery community and tight-knit recovery network; online and in-person.

In fact, there have been many times when I got on my laptop to develop a blog entry on life lessons of my recovery, but chose not to complete it in order to convert it into a chapter in my book.

Once, I valued my Bible more than anything...then it was my journal; like a safety net...H…

10 Ways That Shows Blogger LOVE

What is more important? The message, messenger, or number of readers, and comments?
I may not be the best blogger, but me and my blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, was recognized and requested by some of the best… Huffington Post, a powerhouse and community-oriented pharmaceutical company, and organizations outside of my state, and country; including countless radio, and public relations’ requests to be on their shows, etc.
When I started my personal blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia (2008), I was scared, anonymous, however very much honest, which was at times uncomfortable for me as the blogger author, and it was overwhelming for some readers.
However, my blog has been mentioned in numerous articles, received a lot of attention from fellow bloggers, and was awarded by many of my blogging friends. I say all this to encourage you to consider my experience, reasons for my M.I.A. (Missing In Action), and maturity, love, and growth with my livelihood and online reflections in my blog.
This is fo…