About Me

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.

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