Thursday, January 2, 2014

About Pink Hi-Top Adventures

The Far Side®, by Gary Larson

For those of you new to this blog, I thought I'd give you a little background. Pink Hi-Top Adventures is my first blog ever! I started it a year ago as a chronicle of my ongoing recovery from depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. 

Eight years ago, I entered treatment for alcohol addiction. At the time, I thought it would resolve whatever it was inside that was stopping me from moving forward in life; however, it only drained the pool and uncovered the disease within.

Though I had been anxious and depressed but functioning for years, I finally imploded a year ago. I spent about three weeks in bed - unable to work, unable to shower, unable to function. My thoughts were turning darker too. I fantasized about death and hurting myself; and for the first time ever, it felt comforting and logical.

When I shared this with my {wonderful!} husband, he reached out to my therapist; and I was admitted to a partial hospitalization treatment program {PHP}. There I was diagnosed with major depression, dysthymia {long-term, low-grade depression}, and generalized anxiety disorder. Fortunately, I was treated by wonderful doctors and therapists; and, though I've experienced periodic set-backs along the way, I've been doing better overall since.

This blog is a chronicle of my continuous recovery and progress toward achieving my goals - one of which is graduating from college with a psychology degree. {I've been in college - on and off - since September 1984; and graduating would be quite an achievement indeed!} I also hope to inspire and inform with personal stories, resources, and a little humor!

The blog title is inspired by my favorite pair of Converse Chuck Taylor’s that I wore when I last felt my happiest and freest. 

And finally, Pink Hi-Top Adventures is a place for you too. Please feel free to comment and discuss - either in the comments section of this blog, or on the blog's Facebook page!

Thanks for reading!


Here is an overview of some of my favorite posts from the past six months:


Thoughts from my addiction (2/27/13)
Alcoholic or problem drinker? (3/14/13)
How do you help an addict (6/19/13)
Take me out to the ballgame! (8/12/13)


Obstacles (5/22/13)
Social Anxiety (5/29/13)


Notes from the Vortex (2/11/13)
Life (3/7/13)
Lifeline (3/8/13)
Grey veil...again?! (3/16/13)
Overcoming...inertia! (3/19/13)
Can't sleep (4/23/13)
Do the next right thing - part II (4/25/13)
The daily struggle (6/6/13)
Taking down the wall (6/7/13)
Contained emotions (6/13/13)


"Nervous breakdown" (3/6/13)
Depression is not a character defect (3/27/13)


Never underestimate your own power! (2/26/13)
Acceptance (3/1/13)
Recovery step #2: sleep, damn it! (3/5/13)
Rebirth (3/30/13)
Wellness part I: physical (4/26/13)
Change is possible part II (6/27/13)
Seven steps to mental health (8/2/13)
Take me out to the ballgame! (8/12/13)
Climbing back up (8/18/13)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Overcoming Paralysis

Ack!! I'm feeling paralyzed when it comes to blogging! I've been shying away from writing anything lately because I'm afraid I have nothing to say and that whatever I do say is lame anyway.

I know this kind of thinking is a relic of the depression, though. I have spent too much time in my life allowing perfectionism and lack of confidence to hold me back from doing the things I really want to do, and I can't allow this to stop me any more...thus, this post.

I am truly looking forward to the new year - to the fresh start, the clean slate that is the new year - the chance to rise above ourselves and to grow into the marvelous people we were born to become. That is what I like about New Year's Day and new year's resolutions in general.

Two of my goals for 2014 are to blog more regularly and to act in spite of fear, and I intend to chronicle the latter in this blog.

Also, if you have any suggestions for posts that you'd like to see, I'd love to hear about them! Feel free to post a message here or on the Facebook page (, or drop me an email at

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season thus far! I promise to write again soon!