Monthly Archives: January 2014

Adapting

Thats the key word this week! I started the new job, it’s very challenging and the cultural shock is quite intense. I’m trying to adapt as quickly as possible and not get fired because I’ve insulted a manager (because that’s what I felt like doing). I work for a manufacturing company and the way they treat the factory workers is upholding. I think the fact that they’re a multinational makes me even more enraged. It’s everything I hate about capitalism! My job is to insure the employees’ wellbeing but I feel like it’s a bogus role. I don’t have my contact yet so I can still change my mind, but it would be yet again proof that I’m unstable. I have real ethical concerns and I don’t know if i’ll be able to change what I don’t like. Ohh well… let me know what u think. I’m tired i’ll try to post tomorrow. kisses

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

My mom made pizza today for dinner

Shift the Focus (TED talk about weight)

Lazy. Stupid. Worthless. From news media and magazines to professional conferences and government reports, these are the words often used to describe overweight and obese individuals. The endorsements of such stereotypes often lead to extreme weight loss practices which can induce feelings of guilt and shame. Despite the robust research demonstrating the negative impacts of weight-based discrimination, the stigma of obesity has yet to be addressed as a legitimate concern. Shift the Focus questions the science informing us about weight. It questions how and when weight discrimination became acceptable? Shift the Focus is about reclaiming our right to health and well being regardless of our size. Shift the Focus is about putting an end to weight-based discrimination.

Another Tedx about Stigma, let’s spread the awareness

As an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Tasha Broomhall has been providing mental health and wellbeing training programs throughout Australia for more than 11 years. With a wealth of experience in psychology, disability, employment, psycho-social rehabilitation and aged care services, Tasha has guest lectured at both Murdoch and Curtin Universities and at national industry conferences.

Tasha has a keen interest in reducing the stigma about mental illness and increasing mental health literacy in our communities and workplaces. She has developed programs to assist people to take responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing and to act proactively in supporting the mental health of those around them.

How perception changes an illness: Neha Kinariwalla

Patients are profoundly affected by societies perception of their illnesses. So much so, that their own wellbeing can be at stake. Neha Kinariwalla is here to explain why this perception matters, and more importantly what we can do to change it. In this thought-provoking talk, Kinariwalla speaks of her journey through understanding stigma and what she is doing to reduce it. Equipped with destigmatizing theories of education and empathy, she presents The Humanology Project, a website devoted to destigmatizing illnesses [www.humanologyproject.org].

Neha Kinariwalla is an undergraduate student studying Sociology and International Studies at Stony Brook University. She is currently researching the psychosocial effects of epilepsy on marriages at Oxford University and Stony Brook Medical Center.

Great project!

Letting go

A quote about faith

Blessings!

I got the job i’m starting on Monday  and I have another interview for another job tomorrow! So I’m flying back to Port au Prince tomorrow morning. I can’t believe it :). I told you today was gonna be great!! 

I was hopeless when I started that blog, I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now the universe seems to be working with me… I was fighting it but when I finally let go, everything started falling in place. What I have learned from it is not to worry about things that I can’t control. My anxiety level is extremely high right now because I have to take care of plane tickets, and reschedule the interview but I  know I’m gonna be just fine. 

I’m doing breathing exercises while blogging, It’s helping. I turned off my phone for a moment so I can relax a little bit. Sometimes its necessary to take a mini break and regroup. I would like to thank you all for the support you gave me in my toughest hours. I don’t think I would be in the place I’m right now if it weren’t for you. Reading everyone’s blogs, reading your comments made me feel like I belonged somewhere, like I mattered. I had a reason to wake up in the morning, because people were expecting to read me. It also allowed me to make a lot of research and share it. I’ve learned a lot from all the documentaries and YouTube videos I watched, finally I didn’t feel crazy doing it because you actually appreciated me putting them up. 🙂 So thank you again! 

My gift to you is hope. I can promise you that life will get better. Sometimes a blessing is disguised as a curse. Look at me being all philosophical! But I’m telling the truth…I’ve been on the edge of suicide, I have felt pain that I wouldn’t wish on my worse enemy…Hope kept me alive…It’s the last thread to hold on to, I can call more faith because sometimes you don’t have anything concrete to keep you going. Faith is blind, it’s trusting without guarantee, it’s scary but it cam save your life.

That’s all for today! Kisses!

 

I Feel So Guilty All The Time! How Do I Overcome It?

1. I feel SO GUILTY saying anything negative about my family to my therapist. I feel disloyal and then spend the rest of the session trying to defend them or justify their actions. I know to get better I need to deal with past abuse but the guilt is stopping me from opening up. How do I get past it?

2. I feel ‘unjustified’ guilt a lot. (what I ate, ‘bothering’ my therapist, wasting my parents money on therapy, if I don’t exercise one day, failing at something I tried hard on…etc) What are some ways to deal with guilt that is not on any thing bad that you did and unjustified?

3. Hey Kati, I’ve never asked a question here before, I’m a new comer! You talk about getting rid of bad energy and bad things/people so that you are happy. What if that is a thing that is kind of permanent in your life – in my instance it is my dad. He says my depression isn’t real and says a lot of hurtful things about it and me. I can’t just leave and he’s really hard to talk to. How do I approach it?

4. So I’m terrible at finding “balance.” I’m not currently engaging in eating disorder behaviors as I’ve been in “recovery”, but I’ve found that I seem to have bounced from being a STRICT eater/restrictor/exercises to the opposite extreme of eating pretty crappy food and a lot of it and not exercising at all. How can I find and maintain a healthy balance between these two unhealthy extremes?

Ways to be Happy!

I don’t think it’s as simple as they put it, but they have some good advises.