About Me

Oh, Jeeze. These things. Do I go first person? Third person? TMI? Vague? These are the questions.

Well, first off, I’m in the same boat as many of you reading this site. I’ve spent untold amounts of time struggling with Anxiety and Depression.

I work currently as a Licenced Massage Therapist in an office where I see all kinds of clients, from sports injuries to chronic conditions like Fibro and Arthritis, or clients dealing with chronic or acute stressors. I have also received training in yoga and other meditative exercises, but am currently focusing on my own practice and not actively teaching.

Massage and Yoga required me to attend a certified program, but in other areas, I am primarily self-taught, though I would not turn down the opportunity to pursue more higher education if circumstance allowed. (Circumstance does not allow.)

You’ll rarely, if never, hear a peep out of me regarding my opinions and views on the more inflammatory subjects like politics and religion, primarily due to that not being the subject of this blog, so just don’t ask. 😀 If they do come up, as they are important, and certain related subjects can affect one’s mental health, you’ll get as close as one can get to straight facts.

I have always been a bit of a nerd. I love the Physical Sciences, as well as Humanities, but my favorite thing to read up on is Fantasy. You may notice a strong trend of Tolkien being one of my (current) favorite authors. If I’m not reading, I’m either playing video games that have puzzle elements to them like Zelda, Final Fantasy, or Dark Souls, watching some manner of lecture or documentary series on YouTube while painting with watercolors, spending time with close friends or family, and enjoying the mountains near my home. I’m lucky enough to live right in a gorgeous and underrated section of the Rocky Mountains, in the basin of a long-gone lake, and surrounded by National Parks and Forests. I love to cook and bake, and this year I’ve set my goal to learn how to bake all manner of things like pastries and breads!

I don’t watch much TV, so please don’t ask if I’ve seen Stranger Things. Just don’t.

Books I’ve read:

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

The Tao te Ching

The Dhammapada

Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom

The Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle

Existentialism is a Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre

Man and His Symbols- C.G. Jung

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Yoga Mala- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

The Mythic Journey- Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman- Burke

Your Inner Fish- Neil Shubin

The Art of Happiness- Howard C. Cutler and the Dalai Lama

Collected Works of Blaise Pascal

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

Not Done Reads:

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos- Jordan B. Peterson

The Problem of Pain- C.S. Lewis

The Collected works of Freidrich Nietzche

The Hero With A Thousand Faces- Joseph Campbell

Complete Works of Plato

Introduction to Psychology from Openstax.org (Check them out and support them!)

Want to Reads: (But Don’t Own Yet)

Man’s Search For Meaning- Viktor Frankl

Become What You Are- Alan Watts

The Daily Stoic- Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Modern Man in Search of A Soul- C. G. Jung

The Portable Jung- C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell

The Archetypes and The Collective Unconcious, Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self- C. G. Jung, Gerhard Adler

The Book of Symbols, Taschen

The Heroine’s Journey, Maureen Murdock

An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison

The Noonday Demon: And Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon

The Psychobiotic Revolution, Scott C. Anderson

Before You Know It: The Unconcious Reasons We Do What We Do, John Bargh, PHD

Stoicism and The Art of Happiness- Don Robertson

Manufacturing Depression- Gary Greenberg

Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s handbook- Michael W. Eysenck, Mark T. Keane

Schema Therapy: A Practicioner’s Guide/ Reinventing Your Life- Jeffery E. Young

Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief- Jordan B. Peterson