Recovery Revival

Part….. 84? There’s been quite a few recovery revival Raquel moments lately, at least within this semester. I have officially come across another one. πŸ™‚

Today, I hung out with Naomi, as you guys know about. From that conversation ‘The Conversation’ article was written. From there, I eventually went to my psych class. We spoke together in our groups about ineffective and effective coping strategies (which I’ll eventually transition to saying rather than positive/negative coping strategies) as well as what post-traumatic growth is and resiliency and recovery and all that jazz. It was also interesting to learn about emotion focused vs problem focused styles of dealing with a situation and how that translates essentially into the DBT principle of Wise Mind (from emotional and rational mind). That was exciting, especially.

Beyond that I had about 6 different memories or thoughts or ideas spring to my mind about recovery from the various treatment facilities I’ve been to before. I also want to re-watch the Brene Brown TEDtalk about vulnerability and shame, as I mentioned it in class. Then there’s the 300 list of effective coping strategies I got from my third hospitalization.

Basically, I sense a revival of recovery within myself. It is hope and inspiration and emotion so far lost that it’s brilliant and amazing and wonderful to feel again. We spoke about how resiliency and grit are about getting through a trauma, or other type of situation, and how thriving thereafter is frankly, possible.

I’ll likely be writing articles about this in the future, alongside these bloggery posts themselves.

I do need to attend to some hunger levels. But I feel lighter and airier now.

There’s still much left to do, but I may be able to hang with Naomi this weekend, depending on some other factors. That would be exciting πŸ™‚


Also–did you know that PAPER HOUSES exist? They’re $10 at Michael’s arts & crafts store and I am totally going to get one because I want to build my #RecoveryHome πŸ™‚


It’s time now for me to let off some steam to Craig. And then go to an Active Minds meeting and probably do some work again after that. And some fanfiction….


I was reading one of those marvelously 40 chapter long fanfiction’s yesterday and it was extraordinary and lovely. I hope to gather more writing inspiration to work on some new ones that I am working on now πŸ™‚

Then there is reading for fun and maybe some artwork time I will take for myself tonight. And taking a shower. And I got to get $20 out of the ATM — hope I don’t forget again! And then tomorrow it’s more therapy. I should email some of my professor’s… it’s on my mind now whether I want to practice avoidance behaviors (ineffective coping) or approachable behaviors (effective coping).

I have to say, I absolutely love this. It’s like part of me has been shocked back into life. I even told the professor today that this class has such meaningful elements to it. As, I’ve genuinely learned and been reminded of multiple recovery based things today because of it.

And, it gives me hope.

Hope for today, for tomorrow, for the future.


The only battle is within my brain. Let’s hope I win.

❀ ❀ ❀

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