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Started out on a journey last August… SSI…

I’m still embarrassed to talk about it to my friends.

I don’t like the questions “are you in school?” or “where do you work?”… Because the answers are the same “No” and “I don’t have a job” and what follows is inevitable “Why?”…

So I try to avoid the questions and dance around them carefully.

I was denied the first round in April and received a call on Friday saying I’d been denied again.

Now it’s time to face a magistrate.

Trying to keep optimistic as I was told “At least it only took 3 months for a decision to be made the second time as opposed to the 6-9 month window, now we can get going with the next step.”

I don’t think people realize just how hard it is to interact socially in a work setting… and not JUST in a work setting.

I was out with friends, good group, and had a panic attack full on in the bathroom a couple weeks ago, talk about embarrassing. One real good friend came and just stayed with me through it. Lending an ear if I wished to talk but just being present was so helpful. Even after about 30-45mins though, I was not okay to drive. As I started to shake and go into seizure mode. It’s so scary and frustrating. Though I do my best to hide it… by hiding myself.

Anyway… just trying to keep positive that someone will see the true hurt and turmoil I do deal with and realize that I just have not been able to keep a job and it is hurting my life/style/situation. It would be nice to think I had the money to cover bills accordingly instead of relying on my parents.

They have done so much for me and I wouldn’t be here where I am without them. I am so very grateful for the support system I do have.

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Jan 23 Wet

Hot muggy humid

Clouds are turning a dark gray

Plip Plop goes the rain

Leah Lisee

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Back In The Groove

I started a free group meditation in October after the death of our neighbor. It was a rough time for many people involved.

But I went to meditation, one of the family members suggested it to me. I was hesitant and  let’s say I came home and was NOT pleased.

The set-up is normally a reading or voice clip on which we discuss, today it was out of the book You Are Here by Thich Naht Hahn. After we discuss the topic for a bit and then go into silent meditation for 10-30 minutes. And after that we can discuss any feelings, bring up thoughts, etc. And have tea and socialize for a bit for the evening.

Now the first time I went the topic, the reading, was on death… let’s say going to meditation to get away from all that was happening next door and the death of a neighbor was not going as planned.

It was the idea of realizing “we are going to pass one day” and how to live life “in the now”. Which is a mighty fine thing… if you aren’t dealing with death at that current moment.

Though I decided to give it a second try, as I do try to do with many things/activities (give it a fair shot, at least 2 tries). And let’s say I’ve been going on and off to meditation since this past October.

I couldn’t be happier to have been steered toward this amazing meditation group, even if that wasn’t my original thought.

I have been away from the group for a good chunk of time and going back tonight felt amazing! It’s crazy when you do something that you haven’t done in awhile and think “why did I stop doing this?!”.

None the less, I am feeling much more at ease and relaxed and am very grateful for the day!

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This photo has gotten so much positive attention today! It truly is the little things as the amount of love it has gotten has made me so very happy!

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Took so many photos yesterday. Here are some of my favorites!

(to see them all please check out my photo page : )

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Sun high in the sky

Bright bursts of moving color

Insects flap their wings

Leah Lisee

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