Weekend wrap-up

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Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • Thanks so much to Jenni from Housewife Hustle for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition award!  I was also her featured blogger for this month
  • I’ve decided to leave one of my jobs after something that happened this week.  It’s the right decision, but not an easy one.  My weekly massages are actually a good opportunity to dispassionately mull over things like this.
  • Aside from that nothing particularly bad happened, but it still didn’t feel like a very good week.  The fear that’s lurked in the background for quite some time has been more present. Plus I’m moving quite slowly again.
  • I made it to yoga class this week for the first time in quite a while.
  • I had stories in the Medium publications P.S. I Love You and A Few Words.
  • I got a message yesterday via my blog’s contact from from a book publicist asking me to review a book that was totally slamming psychiatric medications.  Hmm, clearly he didn’t notice it splashed all over my blog that I wrote a book about psych meds…

I’m actually quite surprised by this, but I’m still looking for someone with borderline personality to write a short narrative about their experience for my upcoming book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis.  If you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m normally quite the plant killer, but here’s what I’ve got going on right now:



Top left: This plant was given to me by my realtor when I bought my home 14 years ago.  How it’s still alive baffles me.

Top right: This is parsley that was growing last year, and is getting ready to go to seed in one last growth spurting hurrah before it dies.

Bottom left: At my brother’s wedding last year they gave everyone cute little heart-shaped wildflower seed papers.  This pretty little thing just started unfolding its petals a few days ago

Bottom right: This is a vine from the ground floor courtyard that’s quite vigorously trying to take over my balcony.


How has your week been?


books by Ashley L,. Peterson: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Psych Meds Made Simple

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40 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up

  1. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com says:

    Is leaving the job the reason for feeling like something is lurking? Are you anxious because you left it?
    I’m going to reblog this post to see if anyone will answer to the Borderline Personality Disorder.
    I have plants all over my bedroom and they are taking it over. I have the room with most of the sunlight. 😉
    Try to relax this weekend, I hope you are able to feel better over the weekend. 💗

  2. Invisibly Me says:

    That’s one hardy flower, 14 years & still going strong! I’m sorry you had to call it a day on that job, it sucks when health issues have such huge knock-on effects. Chill out & relax when you can over this weekend  ♥

  3. Hannah Celeste says:

    I really admire that you made the difficult, but absolutely right for you decision to leave your job. Also, your writing is lovely and your attitude toward diets COMPLETELY resonates with me! Hope you have a restful weekend <3

  4. Paula Light says:

    This was a bad week. I got slammed with a huge rent increase, not that it’s unreasonable for this area though. There is a notable lack of affordable housing here for ppl with average salaries. Yet, at age 58 with my issues, I can’t imagine how I’d make significant more money. Or start over somewhere else. It’s depressing.

  5. eirlysgwenllian says:

    That must have been really stressful for you, leaving your work, I’m sorry it had to happen and I can understand you having a crappy week, as this is a big thing and a big decision, and I understand your feelings of insecurity about the future. I just hope at least the weekend’s going to be better and more pleasant. 🙂

  6. Meg says:

    My comment got lost earlier because it said I wasn’t logged in!! I’m so sorry to hear about your job!! I wish life weren’t so complicated and sad all the time!! 🙁

    I love the plants!! They’re gorgeous and seem very happy!! You must have a green thumb!!

  7. Mathew S | Blog of the Wolf Boy says:

    Congratulations on all of your writing successes. Even if you feel like you’re one step back in your medical career, you’re moving forward in other areas and that deserves celebration. 😉

    I want to check out these publications of yours

  8. Johnzelle says:

    Glad you’ve made a decision about the job and have come to a place of acceptance. People who are anti psych meds clearly have not lived with a mental illness… I love the hanging indoor plant. I have one plant that was on the brink of death that is now thriving and budding!

  9. Michelle says:

    I am having a tough time going to interviews and trying to leave my current job for something better. I know it is best for me buts its still hard.

    I am against taking meds for my anxiety because I don’t good on them. I know there are people with mental issues that need them to live normally. I wouldn’t support a book that is against psych meds either.

    • ashleyleia says:

      Yeah I think there’s a big difference between making a personal choice that meds aren’t a good fit and bashing them as part of some great evil conspiracy.

  10. my dream walden says:

    I know this isn’t going to help with your anxiety, but I really admire you for what you did. I wish more people in those so-called helping profession would recognize that the interests of their user/patient is priority.

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