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Vivacious

Please say hello to first-time contributor Tip Crawford, a 56-year-old from Northern West Virginia who was recently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder and Generalized Anxiety. While her diagnoses are relatively new, Tip has been dealing with these challenges throughout her entire adult life, and they have been especially strong over the past 20 years. Tip is in therapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and takes an antidepressant. She also helps manage her mental illness by regularly exercises (weight lifting, cardio, toning and yoga), keeping a diary, taking pictures, reading, meditating, practicing deep breathing, listening to lectures, talking to a very few trusted people, and walking with her beloved dog, Samwise…. Though some days it is hard to do anything except walk with Samwise. Those times, she thinks of as ‘dark curtain days’.

About this photo: “This photograph, taken in my yard, is of a flower called Lunairia. Also known as Money Plant and Honesty. This picture is named for the times I feel vibrant and full of life, exuberant and happy! It is also named for the times that I remember feeling those things.”

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19 comments on “Vivacious

  1. Tish Farrell
    August 28, 2014

    This is a wonderful study of honesty, in all senses. Well done, Tip. I think it is brilliant that you do remember the exuberant moments when you are not feeling so great. And also that you are doing so many positive and enriching physical activities.
    More power to your brave intentions.

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      Thank you, Tish. Remembering those times and activities are like little tricks I pull out of my pockets. I didn’t feel so great yesterday. Today was much better.

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  2. rosaniabastos
    August 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Borboletanoespelho and commented:
    …E SE FOR ASSIM…

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      And if so…

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      • rosaniabastos
        August 31, 2014

        Yes, it’s true! I know this curtain that blurs the world and makes the sky seem ready for a storm. So, it is also …

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  3. Crooked Tracks
    August 28, 2014

    Wow, that flower is gorgeous, I love the color, thanks Tip 🙂

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      You’re welcome. 🙂 They are normally more true purple in color. I was thrilled to see this variation.

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  4. medicinalmeadows
    August 28, 2014

    Beautiful soft image

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      Thank you.

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  5. spencersamalvin
    August 28, 2014

    Great contribution to the rest of us “out here,” Tip, & it sounds like you’re routine is working! Please keep up the good work . .

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      Thank you. I didn’t take pictures for a long time. The interest just drifted away. Now I’m taking pictures again.

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  6. shennellrphotography
    August 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Shennell R. Photographer and commented:
    Beautiful

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    • Tip
      August 28, 2014

      Thank you kindly.

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  7. Alyaap2
    August 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on Alya Mawalika Khavianiston.

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  8. jlhipkiss
    August 30, 2014

    Tip, it’s lovely to see that your garden gives you such pleasure. Finding joy through nature is a life enhancing experience and something that is free for us all to enjoy. Beautiful flower. This one self-seeds freely in my own garden also.

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    • Tip
      September 1, 2014

      I so agree..nature offers so much for free. Wonderful that you have them too. I like silvery ‘coins’ too.

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  9. luro97
    August 31, 2014

    Welcome to Broken Light. Many thanks for your image and your words.

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  10. Tip
    September 1, 2014

    Thank you very much. You’re welcome.

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