Me A Year Later

Creepy picture of my mouth and nose
Creepy picture of my mouth and nose

Sorry for the extreme close-up.

Today when I opened up my WP account, I saw a little trophy up in the notifications corner telling me that it has been a year since I joined WP and I can’t believe how quickly that’s come and has almost gone.  Nearly 366 days and 9,700 followers later, I’m still going strong.  This is one of the few hobbies, if you will, that I’ve tried in my life and I haven’t given up 😀

This past year has been rewarding for me in more ways than one. I’ve met a ton of great people who not only are supportive, but share similar life experiences and struggles with me, letting me know that I’m actually not the only “oddball” out there 🙂

I still have that nagging question every day of “who am I really?”  I think this blog has helped me come a little closer to the answer. I’m finding out who I am as an individual who just happens to live with what others call a mental illness, which doesn’t always feel that way to me, but some days I can see where the term comes from.

In the past year I have done a lot in regards to this blog.  I have shared experiences, very personal ones, of the times I’ve struggled with having OCD and some of the times where having OCD is not such a bad thing.  I’ve gotten back into poetry and writing in general, which is something I haven’t worked on since high school.  I’ve set out on new hobby adventures, learning how to sew clothes, paint, and most recently crochet.  I used to love drawing as a child, but kind of lost interest, yet something about starting this blog has gotten me interested in art and writing again.  I’ve shared pieces of my life, such as my singing and some less than glamorous pictures of myself.  You’ve met my boyfriend, K, and my mom, and of course my beloved kitty, Chester, all of whom are my biggest supports, whether they know it or not.

Throughout this blog, you’ll find bits and pieces of my life splayed like a dissected frog in biology class, there for everyone to see and examine, but not quite put together enough to get the whole picture. I am still looking for that whole frog myself, but have come closer, I think, to knowing the real “me,” if that is even a thing.

This life, my life, is still in the works.  At 23, I don’t always feel like I have my whole life ahead of me.  I know that I have an old soul and find little fun in the things my peers might love to do.  I’ve been old since the day I was born, but am slowly learning how to be young and not quite as tense 🙂

With all this being said, I hope you’ll continue to follow me into this next year, see how I change and turn another year older.  For those of you I have yet to meet, I can’t wait to meet you 🙂

Thank you today and every day for reading and supporting me.

With the greatest thanks,




99 thoughts on “Me A Year Later

  1. Congratulations on your keeping this up for a year! It is amazing how writing becomes a type of therapy for the soul. I have always felt that way when I was younger and the past 10 years have been so busy that I stopped doing it. I felt my mental state decline drastically. Keep up the great work here, and keep searching for what makes you uniquely you! 🙂

    1. Thank you! It definitely has become sort of therapy for me. I think it has been working better in that regards than meeting with an actual therapist 🙂 I appreciate your kind words. thank you again

  2. Congratulations on a year. I’ve only been around (here anyway) for a little over a month. And it is doing wonders for me. I can only imagine where I’ll be in a year. I hope you find it in you to keep going for another year. I need more Chester videos 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing yourself. I think it takes a special person to be as open as yourself. I’m glad I found your blog. You have helped not only me but by the comments a lot of other people feel not so alone also. So I thank you.

  4. way to go girl !! happy wp anniversary 🙂 gaining 1000s of followers in a year is pretty impressive. I complete a year next month and I am just picking up steam, thanks to Nablopomo 😉

  5. Wow, that’s an amazing story, and you aren’t alone at all 🙂 I’m extremely impressed by 9,700 followers in a year, but you do have a high quality blog!

  6. Happy Anniversary! My year was in Sept. I haven’t even topped 100 followers. I’m not sure what that says…I’m not on FB? I’m just boring? I don’t spend enough time on here reading and commenting on other blogs? Do you know what the answer is to having alot of followers? I’d like to have more…any suggestions. You go, girl! My best friend has OCD and she rocks!

  7. WOW! I did a thank you post today myself, not quite a year, but for those who read all the time (like you!) but here I was proud of 200 followers and you have 9700? I am impressed! Keep that up and you will have more followers than I have miles on the bike!

    Love your blog lady, you do an excellent job! keep it up!

    1. I can’t believe how many followers I have, but I do appreciate every one of them, especially you Tony! Thanks for being there since the beginning, cheering me on 🙂 means more to me than you know.

  8. Happy WP Anniversary! Congrats on sticking with it. It’s a great blog. And I love getting the latest Chester updates 🙂

  9. Congrats honey you have done very well and shared so much for the next person out there who feels like they are just a little bit out of the norm, but then again who sets the bar for norm any way?

  10. Not so long that i am around on WP but enjoying the read of what is your war.
    Your not the Oddball you think you are and I am pretty sure that if you get enough of this hobby a lot of people will come hunt you, and get you back on here.
    Keep smiling and stay you.;)

  11. Thanks for sharing, Megan. I don’t know much about OCD other than the stereotypes, but one thing I do know is that the reality behind stereotypes is much more fascinating. Thanks for help illuminate the shadows.

  12. Congratulations on your progress this year! I’m nearly 27 & I’ve only just found something I want to do after 3 years of art school & just as long being unemployed (yay for the Irish recession), so don’t fret that you’re running out of time or anything!

    I had to move home about a year ago due to a fairly major depressive episode, & I know depression is a different beast to OCD, but I’m also looking back over the year & seeing how I’ve become stronger. I’m moving out in just over a week & am ready to start a business to create my own employment so there’s light at the end of the tunnel now, thanks to the progress I’ve made.

    I wish you continued success with managing your symptoms & hope your OCD gets a little easier to bear each year! Oh, & hi to Chester 😉

    1. I think having depression, that you can certainly relate to the struggles of the mind. I’m really happy that you are finding something that you want to do. Thank you so much for sharing and for your kind words. I wish you the best as well. Chester says hi!

  13. I’ll be following even if I have to catch up on three weeks in one sitting! Your blog is amazing and you’re a clearly amazing person xo

      1. You’re welcome, I am, thank you.what about you? By the way, do you know Michelle aka michd74 and her cat Aulie which is in deep love of Skello (a Halloween skeleton)? 🙂

  14. Congratulations on keeping up the blogging – and a big thank you from my side! Reading your blog is indeed like getting to know you bit by bit – obviously not all there is to you, but you’ve shared so much, which is incredibly couragous. I love they way you combine all kind of stories from your life, funny, serious, personal ones – it’s so real, and you are definitely an example for me in that respect. Your blog inspirs me when it comes to my own blog, but more than that shows me thtat there is an awesome person out there who is something like a friend to me although we’ve never actually met. So thank you again, and keep up the blogging 🙂

    1. Thank you dear 🙂 You are so kind to say all those things. I share because of people like you who are kind enough to listen and appreciate. Also, I love to write, so that is a plus 🙂 I think you and I are about the same age actually. I have more friends that I’ve never met than those I have and I can say, sometimes the people we can connect most with are half way around the world 🙂

      1. Same for me – blogging is a great combination because it not only enables to me to share thoughts I find worth sharing and thereby find friends I would never meet otherwise, but it also helps me to keep up my writing activity. I used to write longer stories when I was younger and had more time, and now blogging is a way to write short texts using the time I have. I love to write as well, but sometimes I don’t feel like it, and then the blog is a good motivator 🙂 I am glad that we have been getting to know each other a bit through our blogs! 😀

  15. Hear, hear! *whistle* It is odd, living with a “mental illness.” It may be one of many correct terms, and I’ve joked more than once about being “crazy” or “loopy” or, less often, “insane.” It’s the same as living with a more physical ailment, such as diabetes, to some extent, although it may not be as readily apparent to most people. I know I’ve almost never hidden my illness. I hid it from co-workers after I had returned to work, but I didn’t feel comfortable telling most of them. It is a very personal thing, to have a mental illness. Perhaps because there’s no readily apparent physical treatment or “cure.” Most people understand adding or removing something from your diet, or exercising more, or physical therapy for a broken bone, but mental illness is not extremely understood. And media sensationalism doesn’t help.

    I’m very glad I met you, for many reasons, the first of which we share the same “crazy,” even if we came by it by completely different journeys. It is, as you said, so beyond helpful to know that you aren’t the only one in the world dealing with this. Especially in the beginning, but in general, mental illness has the ability to make your world seem very small and lonely. Seeing another person’s hand waving in the air frantically saying “Me too! Me too! is so comforting, regardless of physical location. It is the support in commonality that’s important.

    1. You put this so beautifully. This is exactly how I feel toward all those I’ve met who are open, on here at least, about their struggles with mental illness. It’s just as debilitating at time as any physical ailment, that’s certainly true. Being able to connect with others is a gift that I’m positive our ancestors could never have had. I’m thankful for modern technology in that way, making our lives a little simpler and more comfortable. I’m glad to have found you too and appreciate your ever-encouraging and supportive words.

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