New Year, New Approach

Xena, my warrior Princess snoozing during a pressure therapy session.

In my being I am a writer, a painter, a poet and a spinster. Ok maybe not a spinster, but that flowed better. I do enjoy knit and crochet and I call myself a yarn magician because I make string into things. I’ve had this blog for I’m not even sure how long now and I remember I have it then actually write something probably 20 times in a calendar year. I’m forgetful, it happens. This is me trying a new approach. Welcome to blog one, day one of 2022! I will aim to write and post one blog every day. My plan is to use facebook as a topic pool, over the years I’ve posted varies meme type things with my sentiments summarized–I’ll expand on my thoughts and include the meme things or create new imagery to add here because we all enjoy aesthetics.

For those who are new to me, my name is Salley and I’m an artist. I honorably served in the U.S. Army from 2003 until 2007 as an Aviation Operations Specialist and 2007 until 2010 as an Army Spouse. In 2015 I was divorced and filing for VA disability. Currently I have a laundry list of mental illness diagnosis I refer to as my mental illness alphabet soup. I began writing as a teenager with angsty poetry and my biggest goal for this new year is publication of at least -one- novel by July. I’ve written a few over the years in participation with NaNoWriMo. Approaching my 40s I feel it is well over-due that I check off at least one major life dream before this is all over: my words in print.

Often times I talk about psychology and I am constantly searching for healthy ways to cope. In many ways I am an open book, though some chapters are reserved copies only. I will talk sincerely with anyone who wants a sincere conversation. I believe that knowledge wants to be shared and I whole-heartedly welcome new information, coping tools are most ideal to learn when you exist as a sensitive being who feels all the feelings so deeply. I am grateful to be able to dedicate time and focus on healing and my intention here is to share things I’ve learned along the way or learn as I’m going. Existence is often exhausting and I’d like to be a voice in the virtual seas that says HEY! you’re worthy of living a full life, no matter what labels or challenges the world assigns you!!

I’m psychologically disabled, I have to work at emotional regulation and I struggle to feel comfortable most places after a lifetime of traumas. Some major, some minor — all of them impacting my being from then until today. I am monumentally fortunate that my exposure in combat was from the safety of a FOB — it wasn’t an enemy beyond the wire I needed to be wary about. In summary; I’m disabled, not dead. We’ll likely talk on it more throughout this year. Welcome to 2022!

If you identify with the neurodivergent community, would appreciate an adult space with a focus on support and betterment, I’d like to invite you to check out my discord server! Where shame, blame and devaluation are discouraged while compassion and personal growth are encouraged. The server is designated mature (18+) and minors are promptly removed. Multiple categories allow Members to decide what sort of content they’d like to see from the server using selections in the #about-you channel after joining. You’re invited!

Published by Salley

www.salleysmile.com

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