Hi, pleased to meet you. My name is Erin Gilbert Longaker. I am in the dreaded 40th year of life, married for 17 years, with two teenage kids that rock. I have been working on this book concept for years and I am finally putting things together. There is an old Italian saying, “For a web begun, God sends thread.” I feel this happening with the progression of the book 52 Ways/365 Reasons. It seems as though the Universe is conspiring on my behalf.
I have a really good life and I am grateful for my family, religion, and other aspects of my support system every day.
I live life with “Ferocious Optimism” because to give in and stay in bed just isn’t OK with me. I have chronic migraines, and Bipolar I, Rapid Cycling, Mixed-Moods. I ‘napped’ away years of my life that I can never get back
Without passing judgment on anyone else, I have made my decision to face my moods and pain head-on. This includes adhering to good mental hygiene. I am in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) every week with a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker,) try my hardest to stay med compliant (that isn’t always so easy,) and attempt to keep a normal sleep regimen. Managing stress is a big problem as I am always involved in high-profile positions on deadline-mandated projects.
This book is so important to me because it touches on aspects of my life philosophy that help me stay out of bed. I have learned a great deal through my interactions with people, and an incredibly diverse range of experiences. The more I learn, the less assured I am that I know everything.
I believe the 52/365s to be relevant in some aspect of everyone’s experiences. I have come to understand that though I have the enhanced emotional radar and broad range of emotions generally inherent in a person with bipolar disorder, I do not have the corner on the market.
I believe this compilation and celebration of life is an idea whose time has come. We are all in this together.
And that is what makes me, me.