Welcome, to the second edition of Shattering Stigmas!! I kind of cannot believe that the first one ever happened, so to be doing this for a second time… well, it’s pretty exciting, frankly! So thank you for reading this, and being so enthusiastic the first time, enough so to give me the courage to do it again!
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do this introductory post. Because unlike last year, you guys kind of know the drill. And if you’re curious about what happened last year, you can find all the posts right here.
I decided that the route I’d take was a bit of an update- how things have been since last year’s event, what is new with me, and of course, what to expect in this round of #ShatteringStigmas!
Also, using Hamilton GIFs, because why not, right?
I try to keep the blog a happy, upbeat sort of place, so that you all have the warm fuzzies and want to come back again and play with me. Plus, it’s more fun that way. But life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, especially when dealing with mental health. I talked a lot in my intro post from last year about how things weren’t spectacular, and how I felt a little… wrong, given that my co-hosts were doing so well and had nuggets of insight to share and all that good stuff.
I will say that I was inspired by this event to try to find a good therapist. I will also say that I failed. And not for lack of trying. I had one who quit (not just on me, but on the profession in general) after a handful of sessions. Ironically, she went to work in a Barnes & Noble, so I guess I had more of an impact on her than she had on me 😉 The second was fine, but her office cancelled our appointments just about every time, so that wasn’t working. I haven’t given up though; I am still searching. I will search until I find someone. I will not give up.
Here’s something that no one tells you, but I am going to: Sometimes, admitting you need help, reaching out for help isn’t the hardest part. Sometimes, it is finding it. And that is when you cannot give up. You simply can’t. There is someone who will help out there, I have to believe that. And if you need help believing in that, we can talk about it together. I am saying this right now, loud and clear: If any of you ever, ever needs someone to talk to, I am here. I am not just saying that either- DM me on Twitter, send me an email, whatever. You never have to be alone, you never have to hold it in.
I hope, more than anything, that when 2017’s Shattering Stigmas rolls around, I’ll be able to give you the sunshine and rainbows that I so desperately want to give you- because I so desperately want to have that! But no matter, it will always be something I struggle with. There’s no quick fix, hell, there isn’t a fix at all. There’s hard work, and striving to ensure that the good days outnumber and outweigh the bad. There’s the ever present knowledge that each of you is fucking worth it. If you take nothing else from this, remember that. You deserve to be happy.
So, what to expect this time around? Glad you asked!
- Guest posts! Lots of guest posts from authors and bloggers, about a variety of things. Personal stories, book talk, recommendations, discussions… you name it, we have it!
- A giveaway, of course! So that you can experience some of the phenomenal books out there about mental health, too!
- We now have lots of blogs participating! So you can check out Novel Ink, The Fox’s Hideaway, Six Impossible Things,and Of Wonderland for tons of posts!
- I will be doing a big “Reviews in a Minute” about a bunch of books with mental health issues. The best part? They are all at least 3 stars, which means YAY for good representation!
- Who knows. Come on, some things never change… like me flying by the seat of my pants when it comes to this stuff 😉
Okay, this is a biggie, you guys! It’s an event-wide giveaway, but there will be FIVE (5) Winners! Four (4) International, one US only. Each of the tour hosts will be giving away a copy of ANY book featured in the event, so YAY! And I have a US prize to add in, because Penguin is awesome and sent me some books to review for the event (Finding Audrey, which will be featured later, is a paperback, and has a small pen mark on it because my pen slipped from the sticky flag- guys, I am NOT okay with this, and a brand new hardcover of All the Bright Places, which I reviewed here and now have an extra copy of, thanks, Penguin!!)
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And now, before I send you off, a few tiny housekeeping things! I love your comments, even more during this event. And I can promise you, I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And I cherish them, because you guys give me the courage to do this. But posting every single day, managing it all, I can’t promise that they’ll all be responded to in a timely fashion. I am going to try! But please bear with me here, I am one person who is pretty overwhelmed at the moment. I love you guys extra for being understanding and awesome!