Author Archives: Elyse Brouhard

You Can Never Read Too Many Books

Sometimes when I am half-doing-something and half-not-doing-something (like watching a movie, or when I’m in a meeting, or if I’m waiting for someone who is late), I hang out on Goodreads and sign-up for their free book giveaways. Goodreads is a great site for book-nerds, you can track the books you read, see what your […]

The Places I’ve Been

Dang, it’s been a long time since I’ve made an appearance here! I’ve had what I am calling “mental health adventures” these last few months. Which makes struggling sound almost doable, right? I decided I should make myself a Mental Health Bucket List (fyi it totally works retroactively): -Self-medicate with alcohol, get sober. (Check) -Try […]

Good Monsters

If I was stranded on an island and could only have one music album with me, it would be either Good Monsters by Jars of Clay or Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits. It’s a tough choice.  Today, though, I am caught up again in the poetry of the Good Monsters album. It has been over ten […]

Fun News And Some Recommended Reading

Some time ago, a friend suggested I check out The Mighty -a community produced blog site that publishes stories about “disability, disease and mental illness.” It has a wide range of articles written by those personally dealing with tough issues. It can be a great resource if you yourself are facing anything from chronic illness to […]

What I Have To Offer

I recognize that the words I tend to write are not encouraging in the traditional way of being encouraging. I have no solace to offer the world, no words of comfort. I have no consolation, relief, or any real, tangible succor. What I have to offer is the truth of my own experience. The truth […]

Liebster Award

It’s taken me a month, but I am finally writing a post in response to my nomination for the Liebster Award. Thanks to Lavender and Levity for the nomination! The Liebster Award is an ongoing blogger award for new bloggers and bloggers with a small following (like me!). It’s a bit like a chain-letter award, […]

The Gift of Desperation

In AA we have this phrase we use, sometimes we refer to “the gift of desperation.” Meaning, that point of being so desperate that we were finally willing to do whatever it took to make changes, to try something new, to get better. It is the gift of desperation that brings us into the rooms […]