For example, here are a few of my goals:
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- 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.
Unfortunately, this year has been an ongoing struggle. I loss much including my car, friend, and almost my ability to manage my depression among other conditions. In fact, I quit my job on my own, of almost two years, because I was in therapy, or my doctor's office weekly. My anxiety was severe to the extent that I left work early often such as twice a week. And I did try to overcome my anxiety by walking around my workplace, listening to music, journal, talking to a coworker, and keeping my mental health appointments.
|Charlene Flagg, CEO Matters of the Heart|
Finally, I will try to stay focused on the good things, such as completing two books...
- Out of the Darkness: Faces of Mel Illness and Recovery, Revealed, co-authored by Ashley Smith, CPS, Angela B. Franklin, and Charlene Flag.... (Coming soon!)
- What's On My Mind? Vol.II (Coming soon!)
In 2007, Ashley learned that she had schizophrenia at the age of 20 through a significant legal incident and arrest. Anonymously, Ashley began writing her story on her blog, “Overcoming Schizophrenia,” starting in 2008. Ashley publicly disclosed her life-changing experience with mental illness on her blog. When the online mental health community learned of her self-disclosed story they quickly embraced her. One of the many individuals who embraced Ashley was Christina Bruni. Bruni, a fellow peer who is a journalist, librarian, blogger, and author of Left of the Dial, wrote the foreword to Ashley’s book, What’s On My Mind?
In 2012, Ashley became a Georgia Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). A CPS is a peer counselor that is certified by the state of Georgia’s DBHDD and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Inc. CPS Project, which developed the new mental health position, the CPS.
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