Welcome to My Bumpy Ride.......

Before you all read on, I guess it is best to introduce myself to you and let you know a bit about myself. I am Susan, and first and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful young man. Though he is grown, he will always be that three year old little boy, that asked all those questions and expected answers to them all. Though I will tell you much about myself in this blog there is no one or nothing that is as important to me as him, even if I don't discuss him much, because he kina likes to remain private.

For years I was actively trying to find myself, but that was a big waste of time, since by doing so I was not living. All my life I have always known that I was "different", but was unable to know why that was. I first thought that perhaps it was because I was adopted, but that was not the case. Turns out, I am bipolar and pretty much have been all my life. This was explained to me about nine years ago when I had a major melt down. I tend to be more on the depressive side, but have on occasion been quite manic. My last episode was early thru mid 2008, with full blown depression. For five months, I bearly left my house, let alone my bed. Why am I telling you this? I just want it out in the open and let you understand that I discuss my illness from time to time.

Present day, I am currently a full time student, studying social work. At the end of 2011 I was approached by a mentor of mine, who mentioned a new program that was going to launch here in Rhode Island. This new program called the Peer Wellness Coaching, was something that I had always wished would become a reality and to add even more excitement was the fact that this mentor was inviting me to train for a position as one of the Peer Wellness Coaches.

So currently (spring 2012) I am part of the three phases of training and should be employed by the fall of 2012. What is even more excellent about this program is that they are aware of my education goals and are willing to work with me on maintaining those goals.

Also you might hear me mention NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), because I am actively involved with them. I am a facilitator and state trainer for the NAMI Connection groups (peer run support group) here in Rhode Island, and I also help teach high school and college students about mental illness through NAMI RI's Inside Mental Illness program.

So with all that being said...I hope you read on to my daily activities and thoughts and such.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday – Morning

Alphabe-Thursday through Jenny Matlock’s blog.  Today’s letter is M. So here goes…

M is for Mornings and how I love them.  There is something about the fresh and newness of the morning.  Some of my best photos have been taken in the morning and I wanted to share a few here with you.  Hope you all enjoy…

Taken at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI, early fall

Taken at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI, early fall 

East Side of Providence, RI on an early Spring Morning

Roger Wheeler Beach early spring

Pigeon feet in the sand at Roger Wheeler Beach in RI

I thought of Footprints in the Sand when I took this one morning at Roger Wheeler Beach in RI

Mid Spring morning at Roger William Park Zoo in RI

Nice morning shot of this lovely lady in Philly this past  Spring

I truely love dog walkers in the morning, they make for some great shots.  Taken in NH this past  Summer

Was able to also catch this man peddle himself on a skate board as the sun rose.

Grabbed this on an early morning ride in Maine this past summer

This one was an added bonus shot one morning at the Providence Peer in RI

I just love Frankfort, NY and was able to capture this on one of my early morning walks one Summer

Took an early morning ferry ride from Providence to Newport, RI and was able to get this shot.

While waiting for my first class last winter I watched in amazement as the sun was rising and had to grab my camera

These next two are what I got to watch one morning while waiting for the bus at around 6am

This is why I love the mornings.

Newport RI on an early morning summer day.  

I love being in Cambridge, MA and watching the morning rowers from the balcony of a hotel room as you drink your morning tea.


  1. Absolutely beautiful shots! I love mornings also, the air is light and sweet up here and it is starting to cool a little...

  2. Lovely morning photos. A favorite time for me, too! Thanks for visiting CollectInTexas Gal for AlphabeThursday.

  3. These were all wonderful examples of beautiful bright mornings, Susan! Nice to meet you thrugh Alphabe Thursday!

  4. great pics. I like mornings too except perhaps later mornings but I do like seeing things just starting like a shop just opening and not to forget breakfast.

    have a great day.

  5. Yes, very nice pictures, excellent framing and beautiful colors, I love the clouds. Greetings.

  6. Very nice photos--they make me want to go back to the water with the family.

  7. Oh, what gorgeous morning photos! Each one has something in it to make one stop and think. The pier - love the way it seems to go on and on and disappear! Beautiful M post!

  8. Beautiful shots! I can't even pick a favorite they are all so nice! Though the pigeon feet and footprints in sand ones are pretty special! :)

  9. Great shots! Morning and evening has the best light! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  10. There's something magical about the morning. these are great. Love the pigeon prints! :)

  11. Ah.


    At the beach.



    In Arizona.

    In the summer.

    In monsoon season.

    100 sticky humid degrees when you wake up.



    You totally win!

    Lucky you!

    Thanks for this magical little link to the letter 'M'.