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Diagnosed with depression 19 years ago, I lost the life I once knew, but in the process re-created a better me. I am alive and functional today because of my dog, my treatment team, my sobriety, and my willingness to re-create myself within the confines of this illness. I hate the illness, but I'm grateful for the person I've become and the opportunities I've seized because of it. I hope writing a depression blog will reduce stigma and improve the understanding and treatment of people with mental illness. All original content copyright to me: etta. Enjoy your visit!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Gifted a trip

I'm one lucky woman. I have some great friends. They own a running shoe store in Duluth, Minnesota, which is quite convenient for a shoe lover like me! But that's beside the point. My friend, Mary, contacted me last week and invited me to join them on a business trip to Austin, Texas. She thought I could use some sunshine. Fortunately my employer agreed. Sunshine here I come.

If you've been following the weather you might know Minnesota got hit by a massive blizzard this weekend. I live in southern Minnesota and only got freezing rain and sleet, but Mary had to dig out from under 20 inches of snow! We will be leaving it all behind tomorrow. I hear it's sunny and 70 in Austin.

I've been to Austin. I ran the marathon there several years ago. It's a very cool city. I'm looking forward to going back, feeling some warmth, soaking in some sunshine, and taking in all that Austin has to offer. We will be attending a huge shoe retailer show...more shoes, yeah! But we'll be playing, too. I'm really looking forward to getting away and spending time with two people I enjoy.

My mood is still fair to poor. In fact, even though I was preparing for something I'm looking forward to, it took maximum energy for me to pack for this trip. My resilience is low. So today, when I've been battling a migraine, my mood has dropped further. It hasn't helped that I've been unable to exercise for at least 6 days. That's a really long time for me. Motivation is gone. I'm hoping Austin sunshine will help me get back on track.

So I'm off. I'll let you know how things go. Thank you all for your continued comments and support over the last few weeks. This continues to be a very tough time, and I appreciate your kind words, wishes and prayers. Thanks.


Paul said...

Send a postcard!

Eva said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip.