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Can you lead a fulfilling life with bipolar WITHOUT medication?

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I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a little over five years ago. At the time, I was only two weeks postpartum with my daughter so medication was off the table. I was breastfeeding & had no intention to stop until we were both ready. At the time, I thought living with bipolar without medication would be a temporary thing. But, now I am wondering if there was something to it… My...

What If You Were Going to Be Dead in Just 2 Years?

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I’m not really dying. Or, at least, I have no real reason to believe it. But, since I was a teenager, I’ve had this irrational belief that I wouldn’t make it to my 41st birthday. I just turned 39 years old. You do the math! So, what would you do if you were going to be dead in just 2 years?? When I was 16 years old, I got a phone call from my step father while I was out at a...

Should I Tell People About My Bipolar (or other Mental Health Issue)?

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When you’ve been diagnosed with some kind of mental health issue, your first emotions are probably a mixture of fright, confusion, defeat, & even shame. You might think, Should I tell people about my bipolar disorder? How could I even fathom sharing such a thing? When I first got my bipolar disorder diagnosis, I certainly had a mix of all of those. But, I also had a sense of relief...

After My Grandma Died

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Lately, I have been feeling… Conflicted — & STUCK. I don’t know how else to describe it. Since my grandma died last month, I’ve felt like I’ve been hit by a truck. I knew it was coming, but it was still a shock when it finally arrived. I cried so many tears leading up to her death I was shocked I had so many left afterward. But I did. There were so many, I could hardly...

Why I Left LuLaRoe

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When I joined the ranks of other LuLaRoe retailers, I was so stinkin’ EXCITED! I had several tear-filled conversations with my husband about WHY the huge investment would be so worth it, how I could make it work without taking over our family — & WHY I just NEEDED to do it. But, now, to be explaining why I left LuLaRoe? Little did I know that just over a year after launching, I...

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Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.