this is a list of books, blogs, videos, etc. that i’ve found useful and/or enlightening, that you may find so as well. i’ve divided them into categories, with some notes, and will add more as we go!
*disclaimer: i am not a medical professional of any sort! any advice or resources or readings i point you to are to be understood with that in mind.
emilylofgren.com: emily lofgren is a really good friend of mine who is doing incredible, important work in writing about her life with lyme disease. she is honest and open and genuinely has a heart for every person reading what she’s writing. she writes about her life in the context of her faith as a christian woman, which i tell you as a heads up because she and i are very different kinds of christians so it’s probably gonna be a shock going from my blog to hers, haha. one of my favorite posts from her is “so your friend has a chronic illness?” and i’d recommend that as a place to start, especially for those of us who don’t have a chronic illness — it’s a good introduction to understanding and it gives you some solid tips on being a good friend.
accidental saints: finding god in all the wrong people: one of the realest looks at what christian religion could and should be if we were just a little less…tidy. or if we quit making ourselves and other people pretend to be tidy; if we just walked around obviously holding our guts in our hands since that’s what we’re doing anyway. this is the book that’s gonna get my ass back in church, i’m dead serious. i don’t agree with all of the author’s theology but the vast majority i love and her writing style is wonderful. normally memoirs are not at all my thing (i always think the authors sound so damn arrogant, which i know is. ironic. coming from a blogger), but nadia bolz-weber is incredibly sincere. a life-changing read.
interfaithconnect: a tumblr blog that’s about unity among differing religions! they have moderators representing christianity, hinduism, islam, paganism, judaism, and sikhism! i honestly almost cry every time i see a post from them because what they’re doing is so beautiful and i’m learning so much.
millennial gospel (tumblr | wordpress): i’ll let them speak for themselves because i can’t do it better, though i do want to note that this is one of my favorite blogs and projects of all time, particularly as far as faith related blogs and projects go. millennial gospel is a joyous, electric, true-to-source rebellion against the church-dictated images of the bible that saturate the 21st century. this is a safe place for people of all religions, faiths, spiritualities, and creeds.
the voices in my head – eleanor longden: again, i’m gonna borrow the description that came with this ted talk, but i do want to note that i’m quite in love with the idea of reframing being neurodivergent or being mentally ill as having an asset rather than an issue. to all appearances, eleanor longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. that was until the voices in her head started talking. initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
5 self-care strategies that aren’t fucking mani-pedis: potentially the most helpful self-care post i’ve ever read. i implement most of these strategies myself, but definitely need to do so with more intentionality.
lgbtqreads (tumblr | wordpress): a curated list of lgbtqiap+ books. they get so specific and recs are listed by genre and age group and include denotations about what kind of representation you’ll find in each. romances are even listed by trope/archetype. there are fiction, non-fiction and poetry recs. the tumblr answers readers’ specific requests with personal, detailed (but non-spoilery) recommendations and the wordpress has the complete — ever increasing — lists. this blog is a Gift of the highest order, truly.
‘special snowflake’ my ass: why identity labels matter: an article you can whip out whenever somebody tells you you don’t need your label(s) or shouldn’t use it/them. go forth and kick ass, my label-using darlings!