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.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How a Story is Made

Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus
PROMPT:  "It's only words.   And words are all I have..."  
WORD COUNT -  Not to exceed 109  (including the prompt)
PICTURES - Any Additional 
Well here goes…

As I sit here and gather my letters together to try and form some sort of meaning, I totally realize that when the letters join neatly to one another they form words.  When the words join nicely, they can make some really pretty and meaningful sentences.  If I do it right those sentences can be gathered together and be combined to make paragraphs. Even more amazingly is how much more those letters came become and if lucky enough, a story can be told.  I do know however, in the end though, it’s only words.   And words are all I have to share with those that are willing to read.

Well that is it. Sorry I missed so much over the last couple of weeks.  I have been pretty busy with the new job and school starting.  I really enjoy doing these prompts from Jenny and will try to make time to do them, but I can’t promise anything at this time.  Hope all is ok with you all. TTFN


  1. Welcome back, Susan. I enjoyed this. when you think of the limitless possibilities for combinations of letters, words and sentences, it's a wonder we can make any sense to one another, no? :)

  2. Susan, you're such a wordsmith! Great take on the prompt, and welcome back!

  3. nice take on the prompt. you're right about words.

    have a great day.

  4. Welcome back! Very nice take on the prompt. Your words are so true!

  5. Yep! You've nailed it! That's what words are!
    Well done!
    Nice to meet you, by the way, Susan. I've been away from SC for some months.
    Best wishes,
    'SC week 123 It's only words...'

  6. Susan, this was wonderful.

    I hope the new job is working out well.