About the neurotic/eccentric potato writing this thing

So if you’re here I guess you’re curious as to the insane anxiety-ridden woman-child doing all the writing here, that would be me *waves enthusiastically*

My name is Joy and I’m doing my damnedest to figure out this world/life as I muck my way through the smoke that my anxiety likes to blow over me. I work as an elementary school instructor specializing in art, but my ultimate goal is to become an independent artist/creator. My favorite hobbies include photography, painting, hiking, drawing, sketching, gardening, howling at the moon, reading (favorite books are the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Dragonsong by Anne McCaffery, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, Saga by Brian K Vaughn, Wonder Woman by Brian Azzerello, and How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh) , and collecting movies (favorites include all Marvel films, Godzilla (1998), Kiki’s Delivery Service, A Good Year, Jurassic Park/World, Sword in the Stone, Scream, Sherlock Holmes, Father Goose, Operation Petticoat, The Martian, Sabrina, and hundreds more [I adore movies, I spend more of my time in movie theaters than I care to admit….]

I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember; I was urged by my therapist and friends to find a place where I could use writing and art to clear the anxious smoke and explore the roots of my fears. I made this blog originally as a place where I could shout and scream into the void of the internet, with no expectations of anyone reading my blog. Needless to say, the void has been wonderfully responsive and supportive.

All I’m here to do is tell my story, about how I deal with the wicked witch that is my anxiety and the constant climb out of dark depressions. If you’re along for the ride, please review the safety instructions located in the pocked of the seat in front of you and buckle up your seatbelt (Or not, I don’t own this airline. I’m assuming you’re also an adult who can make their own decisions, so proceed if that’s your choice)