Being Bipolar isn't EASY

and the Art of Slowing it Down

About ME

What to write about ME? There’s the manic me, the depressed me, the neurotic & psychotic me… the mom me, house-wife me.. the blogger me, the screen writer me… the designer me, the accountant me… the loving me, the jealous me, the competitive me, the healthy me… enough about the little me’s.

ME, I am an American mutt, having lived in nine (8) states – two (2) twice – and four (4) countries including my ‘ol alma mater. I have been very fortunate to have traveled to twenty-eight (28) foreign countries on four (4) different continents… I don’t speak any language fluently, often I am at a loss for the right word in, my native tongue, ENGLISH; but I can speak a few lines of this or that here and there. (The first time I traveled to France alone – all I could remember was “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?”… I couldn’t even remember how to say “Hello”; so I kept my mouth shut until I found a hostel. I share that with you because it’s funny.)

I am best at reading: body language, t-shirts, license plates, the back of things and a little sign. And (how could I forget) most often between the lines. It’s a little tough always having to translate ‘it’ alone but, on the brighter side, it builds confidence and makes one listen ever so closely.

I have worked for a myriad of struggling architects both BIG and small, a beauty salon and three start up companies – although I was never on pay role, so sadly I never got to cash in my stocks. I appreciate practical, efficient, ironic qualitative things or so I’d like to believe.

I’ve done a fair bit of volunteering/ mentoring since high school and including attempting to start a non profit for kids. Why? Because: I thought that I could assist in helping them see creatively and appreciate all forms of art and in turn I got to learn a lot!

My illness led me to keeping a diary, it’s not unlike what you’ll find here, and now I am learning to edit it. (I have been writing love letters since I was a child. My school essays were never anything to write home about, my mom helped me out a lot, so that I’d bring home the grade. I gather she knows how to write; she reads everything!)

Don’t forget to read my FAQs. Light and Love – Jessica Kaushik, a.k.a. Princess Marksalot

10 responses to “About ME

  1. Ganesh June 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Nice and inspiring blog! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. :)

  2. tonyroberts64 September 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I appreciate your sense of humor and perspective.
    Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written and even more as they respond.
    I write mainly on faith and mental illness (having bipolar myself), but am known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please contact me.
    I pray you are blessed in your life and in your writing.
    Gratefully,
    Tony Roberts

  3. Kitt O'Malley September 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I moved around quite a bit as a child (and as an adult), including living overseas for five years, but you have me beat by far in terms of states and countries. Military “brat”?

    • princess marksalot September 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Nah. Everybody, literally, everyone thinks that! I’ve just been blessed to have traveled a great deal. My dad was climbing the corporate ladder & now apparently my husband is doing the same. Xx

  4. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon September 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hello Princess,

    That is my 6 mo. old kittens name, Princess. Actually she is Prissy Princess because she has an air of snootiness to her! LOL. I’m in awe and a bit jealous about all the traveling you have done. Good for you! I haven’t since I was diagnosed with Agoraphobia with Panic. Travel has become stress & full of fear for me these days. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I appreciate you sharing your mental health diary with us.

    It’s about the only way I know to help shatter stigma around those who suffer mental illness and disorders of any kind. I to try not to let my mental/emotional disabilities limit my passion for writing, authoring, blogging, and advocating about it. And to help raise awareness, inform, and help educate the public with sharing my experience as well. I also live in recovery from gambling addiction & alcohol, and am a childhood sex abuse & trauma survivor. So I share about all them, and how they have touched my life. I hope you do think about writing a book from your diary/journals.

    I did, but it was more about my addictions then my mental illness challenges. The gambling addiction was what brought my Bipolar with manic depression to the surface enough to be diagnosed properly in 2002. Go figure! But I also have PTSD, AADD, and blah blah blag….

    Thanks for being out here advocating and sharing your story! XO
    Happiness & Blessings,
    Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author

    • princess marksalot September 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Love you for all that you bear Catherine Townsend-Lyon; writer, author, blogger, and advocate! Appreciate all that you have read herein. I fully intend to get to writing from my journals but it might surface first in my play. Say hello to Prissy for me. ;) Xxoo

  5. princess marksalot September 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Ha! Off off off broadway may be more like it… you might have to remind me that I promised you tickets. ;)

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