New job at work has me traveling more, plus life events mean that I'll be away a bit more over time. Trying to keep on top of PMs, but apologies if my responses are delayed!
My availability varies based on work meetings, but generally I can schedule one hour live chat appointments Monday-Thursday during the day (10am-6pm Eastern) and will try to respond to messages within 24-48 hours, with slower times on weekends as I do not typically log in here Friday-Sunday much.
Hi all, I'm glad you've found my profile here! I truly love to listen and help others, and am particularly versed in eating disorders, work stress, and sexual assault, though happy to discuss anything, including sexual issues / sexuality. If you feel like you could use some extra support or help working through a problem, please reach out!
You can start a chat with me if I'm online or to message me if I'm not and we can set up a time. I'm in the US in Central Time and somewhat flexible during the day Monday-Thursday. I'm hard to catch sometimes, so plan to set up an appointment with me. I'm also open to messaging back and forth not live, but more frequently, if that's preferable for you.
If you see me in the forums, you'll know I have a few favorite quotes around recovery and strength that I throw around all the time, so I'll share them here, too.
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
"Never forget you are worth more than the value you place on yourself."
"Every day might not be a good day but there is good in every day."
Much love to all,
Hi! I’m sorry that I’m rarely here lately. 😌
There have been a number of unusual events. I had several bouts of extended bronchitis and pneumonia, which knocked me to bits. I had my first asthma attack, which was no picnic.
And I experienced two unexpected but deep loves that have been the most extraordinary of my life. A special baby->toddler I was caring for, and a lovely man who reawakened a part of me that I had buried long ago.
Also, after being one of the earliest listeners at 7 Cups (joining in August 2013), with many warm and wonderful times, I had two very bad experiences in late 2017 and early 2018. I pondered why it occurred, how it came about, and the extent of my own responsibility. Very difficult. I became uncertain. And afraid, and the joy drained out of being here.
Plus, I turned 66 years old in 2018. It feels unreal to keyboard that. Yet, from January through mid-April 2019, I worked more than 60 hours per week at my three part-time jobs. (Yes, one of my weaknesses is being unable to say Nowhen people express a need for my help.)
Anyway, in April 2019, I quit two of my jobs. Time for Annie to reach out for her dreams.
I’m going to live in France for three months starting in September 2019. I have signed up for four cultural exchanges that provide room and meals in exchange for volunteer work like teaching. I’m so excited, I keep grinning all day.
Access to internet will be sketchy. If you write to me, it could be weeks before I can reply, I’m so sorry!
Love and peace to all. ☀️🙏🏼❤️
(* Sometimes we can't talk with a friend or family member because it's too confidential. But we need to talk with someone, just to share what's going on with a friendly person. I'm here to listen. *)