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October 19, 2009


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Yay! Looking forward to reading the best and the worst of it.
(And I'm with you about the whole germy-thing. Two of my brothers and a nephew are down with h1n1.)


Sometimes even just recognizing the fact that something is wrong helps a lot. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you. I think getting out of the house and into a different environment will do wonders for you. Good luck!


Sounds like a great list of goals. I'm all for using medication for depression and the ilk when needed, but it sounds like attempting to do the things on your list is a good kick start to find out what you really need. You might want to try taking a fish oil supplement (or other Omega 3 supplement, if you prefer), which has been shown to help depression. I know I feel much differently when I take it vs. when I don't. Trader Joe's sells a Salmon Oil capsule that doesn't smell/taste like fish or leave you wish fishy burps later. TMI? You'll thank me later.


I am so glad to hear that you are planning to get your book to the publishers who requested it soon. I know it must be like handing over a child. I am anxious to hear how it works out. I hope you get multiple offers for your book.

Lipstick Jane

You go girl. "Write it Down, Make it Happen" is my mantra, now if I could only find a pen ... Great list. I totally understand the job thing. My family is in a great position where I don't have to work but do so b/c I missed the library so much and it wasn't the same going every day hanging out. In fact, I'm pretty sure they put me on their "don't let in, might be stalker list." Hang in there, try getting in walk or belly dancing or hula-hooping (or whatever you fancy) everyday. I hate to admit my dh is right but I always feel better after some physical exercise.

PS Buy a new lipstick too. ;)


Good for you!

Alias Mother

I try not to get down on medication, because some folks really need it, I know, but since you know what's worked for you in the past, I think trying other options first is great. Your list is perfect. I hope these work for you. If not, there's plenty of time to visit the doctor then.

Good luck!

(Oh, and I've done Nanowrimo twice. There are truly painful moments, but there's no better way to get yourself writing!)


I went back to work this summer after staying home for 5 years and I'm not sure why I waited that long. I feel sooo much better, and I can't say I ever felt bad. 30 hours a week to miss my kids while they're at school and we all enjoy each other a lot more. Good luck.


I can relate. I've stopped nursing my son (he weaned himself) the hormones surge has been terrible and I am not sure where my place is in life. I want a job, to be able to excersise, to sleep better, be a better house keeper, feel important. The list goes in and on. Blogging helps.

Mrs. Kennedy

God, you're awesome.


Good for you Amanda,

I bob in and out of mental downs and fogginess. I have taken control of my physical self this past year (www.seebettyrun.com) and I am now working on taking control of my house/family stuff.

My mental health is strongly affected by physical inactivity and general chaos.

My mantra this week is *Make a list and cross stuff off the list. Simple sense of achievement.

Keep on keepin' on

Valerie Willman

Hi Amanda, I met you at the WWC this past August. Congrats on the seven agents wanting your manuscript! I've got four waiting for my proposal (non-fiction).

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I was doing nano, too! Have fun! (I did it last year ... 51K+ words!)


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