Introduction

Hey there, I’m Erica.

I gave you a brief introduction to me in the About page, but if you’re interested, here’s more of my story.

As a child, I was very quiet and reserved. I always had my nose in a book, and as long as I was able to read, I was content. I grew up loving the shape of words — the way they look on paper, the sound of them rolling in my mouth, the limitless possibilities of images created simply by squiggling the right lines in the correct sequence. I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I still do.
These days, my writing is mostly creative short stories. I do have a small collection of poetry and the first draft of a full-length novel (the editing of which has taken a backseat to schoolwork). I love origin stories and mythos, and tend to write about what I’m feeling.

Part of the reason I was so quiet as a child was undiagnosed Major Depressive Disorder. As I got older, social anxiety (agoraphobia) and Seasonal Affective Disorder set in. I was diagnosed with C-PTSD when I was 21, though I’d been showing symptoms for most of my life. I was also informed I had dyscalculia, a learning disability, which explained why I struggled so hard with simple calculations. Much of my adult life has been dedicated to understanding and overcoming these struggles. Some days are better than others.

But, I am not my mental illnesses. I am an ambitious student, a loving dog owner, an enthusiastic hiker, an excitable traveler, and still a voracious reader. I came out as bisexual in 2015, and have a remarkably patient and caring partner. I’m learning how to be the best and most loving version of myself, and it’s a journey on which I can happily spend the rest of my life. I’m glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll follow along as you take on your own mental health journey.

Always,
Erica Jane

3 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. I’m so glad you’ve created this blog! You were my best friend in middle school and part of high school and whenever we talk it feels like no time has passed. Excited to follow your blog, support your dreams, and grow alongside.

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    1. I cried happy tears to read this! I think about you all the time, and I’m so grateful to have you in my life, even though we’re on very different paths. Thank you so much for following along and being supportive, it means the world to me!

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