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Before My #RealOCD Video

Okay, so it’s been a long time since I’ve actually, fully and officially, blogged, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so!

Today ends #OCDAwarenessWeek and I just found out yesterday that an old mental health channel that I watch on Youtube (Kat at Shalom Aleichem (who also incidentally has a WordPress blog that you can find on her channel too!)) made a video submission for it which inspired me to look further into it and decide to make my OWN video, too!

It’s going to be a 5 minute max (filming for 10 mins, 5 edited down) video and I’m going to film it soon after I write this post. 🙂 I figured having some more structure around what I want to say to continue to prepare for it and then how I’m feeling afterwards would help and give me some guidance before things get too out of control and I wind up ruminating in an unhealthy way.

So, I have my two little pages, the lights on in my room, ready to film soon, but I wanted to say a few extra things before I film as it won’t have my usual ramblings in it!

So first, I’m wearing my OCD awareness t-shirt as it’s ever so fitting for this video, my hair is wet since I just took a shower about 45 minutes ago, I am presentable and prepared to film, while also a little nervous, not gonna lie! I think I will film a couple other article videos right after mainly for 2017 articles (as I’m super behind in that and have been thinking of catching up for ages now!) And then maybe film a couple of art/Inktober submissions later tonight, too. 🙂

Because I’ve structured what I want to say already I think it should go okay, and then my plan is to edit it right after in Pinnacle and upload it tonight as well! I’m working on the thumbnail using Canva and have to figure out a little more if my submission will just show up under the hashtag or if I have to tinker with it more personally. Not sure.

I also have to fill out my planner more for today and then jump back into coursework with a confusing article I have the lucky chance in presenting on Tuesday, re-reading the article, writing my blog post about it and also working on doing some biology coursework.

So, yeah.

I think I’m more ready now… I also have to work on some ARTICLES this weekend, too. So many things, so many things indeed.

Well, I’m going to film in just another moment! Wish me luck and I will welcome you all again in the ‘After’ version of this blog post! Maybe I’ll have found a fitting title as well! Fingers crossed!!!

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Hi, my name is Raquel Lyons! I graduated in December 2018 with a BS in psychology from UMass Boston. I live with the cutest Chinese hamster ever named Galaxy with my Labrador retriever mix pupper Mocha (she is The Mokeys). My first little furry pal was named Nova, who was such a sweetheart. I love gazebos, color, ART, blogging, and most days--life! I am a mental health advocate, involved with NAMI-MA as an In Our Own Voice presenter. Upon graduating I plan on becoming more involved with NAMI's IOOV and peer-to-peer mentor recovery class, getting paid work for writing about mental health, find a neutral job (retail), work as a peer with lived experience (peer mentor) and eventually settle into a certified peer specialist role. I have dreams of starting a nonprofit organization under the name of this blog, writing several books (a memoir, a collection of my Mass Media articles and recovery oriented ones, a fiction novel, etc.), one day giving a TEDtalk and eventually returning for my master's in art therapy. Until then, here is my journey from one pole (recovery) to the next (wellness). I blog about mental health, my own experiences, #RecoveryHome, life updates, Recovery Restoration, book reviews, film reviews and more! Feel free to contact me any time. I'd love to hear from you!

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