Why I Write

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I write to show the world the invisible parts of me.

I write because people need to know what mental illness looks like. It looks like me. A young mom of two feisty preschoolers with a loving husband by her side.

I write because it’s too hard for him to talk about the four times his wife slept so little her brain was buzzing out of control and he had to sign the papers. Talk with police officers. Visit the psych ward. Hold down the fort while I got well.

I write because my kids are too young to understand what their mommy experienced before they were born, when they were little. And I want them to know all of it. I’m hopeful they’ll wrap their arms around me with pride and love when they read all I’ve written.

I write because I want to make a difference. I’m over the old-school philosophy of “some things are better left unsaid.”

Said who?

The truth is, when things go unsaid, that’s when tragedies happen.

I write because I’m almost 35 and no one ever knows how much time is left. I don’t want to regret not speaking out. I want my story heard.

I write because although I’ve found the courage to disclose my illness, so many others are still suffocated by their conditions. They may be feeling defeated by the mental illness they’re battling. And they’re not quite ready to talk or write.

But once they push past the anger, the fear, the disbelief and the shame that their illness dropped onto their shoulders, there will be plenty of time for a coming out party.

They’ll combine voices to put the power of unity behind the message, take a look around and communicate how good it feels to have this weight lifted off their shoulders. A weight that never should have grown there in the first place.

I write because I found my purpose. I write to help others find their brave.


My book is now a Snippet! To read my short e-book entitled Find Your Brave {a manifesto}, click HERE to download Snippet in the Apple store. It’s the fun, new interactive way to read quick, engaging e-books.


  1. I write for these reasons too. Anything less does me a disservice.

    I like this post. :)
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  2. A great reason to write! Though not dealing with what you are, I write to better understan life, my self, my experiences, and to share what makes me a better person.
    What you do is great, both for yourself and others.

    Wishing you all the best both with your writing and life!

  3. Yes. Yes. Yes. I write for all of these reason, and also it’s healing to just get it out of my head. I want people to not feel embarrassed about or nervous about people with mental illnesses. I want people to have that courage to go get help. Writing can only help. Keep being brave!
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  4. Thank you, Jennifer taking the steps that put your blog in motion!
    Yes, you were very brave and bold and strong and wise to proceed.
    Too many years and decades, yes centuries have passed in silence: it is time…..Thank you, on behalf of all of my patients who suffered in silence.

  5. I find myself nodding my head in agreement with your reasons for writing. It’s one step at a time for putting a different “face”, if you will, to bipolar and I applaud you for it!
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  6. great post. I love what you say about not knowing how much time we have left. I feel more compelled to write in my 30s than ever before.

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