Transgender and mentally ill writer, editor, activist, and queer of many feelings.
I even keep a gratitude journal now and I meditate every day – it feels a little gross, to be honest.
[The illustration features a place mat with an array of breakfast foods and coffee. A pair of arms rests on the mat. One hand is holding a spoon; the other hand is clutching onto a pill bottle.] I remember the first "crazy pill" that I ever took. I was on vacation in Tennessee, sitting on [...]
Therapy didn't result in a singular epiphany that changed everything for me. There wasn't a light bulb moment when I realized that everything stemmed from some childhood event, or that my "issues" began when a bully threw my Popsicle into the sand box. When I began therapy at the age of 17, though, that's what [...]
I know, I know, it's Friday! Whoa, Sam, what is this about? Yes, I don't usually blog on Fridays, as you may know. But something came up, and I wanted to address it. After yesterday’s entry discussing my experiences as a transgender university student, I received a number of tweets, emails, and comments that called into [...]
Please note: This is a blog entry that talks about my personal experience, and what has worked best for me, one human being. I am not an objective authority, I am not a doctor. I am a person with bipolar disorder who is successfully managing it in the way that works best for me. What [...]
As a writer, I've encountered a lot of myths about what it means to have a mental illness and be an artist. They are gross and icky myths, ultimately because they hurt people rather than helping them. I want to tackle four of the most prevalent myths regarding mental illness and creativity, with the hopes [...]
After a summer of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety, I finally began classes yesterday. I suppose this means that if there were ever any doubt before, I am most definitely a graduate student now. And you know what? That feels weird. It feels weird for a lot of reasons – namely that I still possess the [...]
In the wake of Robin Williams' tragic death, I have had to distance myself from social media. The conversations being had about suicide are overwhelming at best and infuriating at worst. There are a whole lot of people who feel qualified to talk about suicide, and yet few of them really know what it's like [...]
Almost three years to the date, I am still pondering my last breakup. Except this time, it's a really calm, accepting sort of place I'm in compared to years prior. I've reached a point of gratitude now, where I can see all of the ways our separation was a catalyst for countless positive changes in [...]