new podcast & reflections from childhood

So, one of my favorite bloggers and writers, The Bloggess,  is going on the road to promote her new book. She will actually be in Raleigh this weekend, so Samantha and 2 friends and I have plans to get signed copy of her book and hear her read from one of her books. Her new book, You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds is actually a coloring book. Well, it is more than a coloring book. Her drawings are amazingly beautiful with uplifting messages embedded in them.

Here is one.

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Before she went on the road, she posted podcasts that she listens to and asked her readers to give her some more to keep her entertained. Shockingly, we like a lot of the same podcasts. Even true crime, which I would not have pegged her to like. One that kept coming up from readers was The Hilarious World of Depression, a podcast about comedians who struggle with anxiety and depression.

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Curious, I listened to the episode featuring Paul F. Tompkins. I swear I could have been listening to me talking about my childhood. He grew up in a home where his parents slept in separate rooms, each likely struggling with undiagnosed and untreated depression, and conflict and anger were all around.   And how these experiences shaped who he is today. He chose comedy, I chose to help others, most recently girls. My mom did not have a positive support outlet, and so I feel driven to create and foster this outlet for girls. Break that cycle of self-doubt and worry.

Samantha is taking a box of Milkbone dog biscuits (AKA cookies) to the book signing. I think Jenny Lawson will love it. For those that have not read Furiously Happy, it is an inside joke. I am handing her a hand written note thanking her for helping me grab onto life again after my mom’s unexpected death.

Some final thoughts from The Bloggess, because I so agree with her and am grateful for her and her books and her zest for life….

“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

Furiously Happy is about “taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It’s the difference between “surviving life” and “living life”. It’s the difference between “taking a shower” and “teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair.” It’s the difference between being “sane” and being “furiously happy.”

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.


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