This blog is intended for fellow parents, individuals managing mental illnesses, and writers who are willing to approach problem solving in creative ways. These people are willing to run with what works and leave the rest behind. They’re not afraid to understand that what works today might not work tomorrow. They are willing to trust their intuition and the powers that be to find what’s right for them.

Life is chaos. Learn to balance it and you can ride the tide. You don’t need to perpetually feel like you’re treading water or drowning. Sure, sometimes you’ll fall back into the churning water. There is no such thing as a perfect human being, so let go of this myth that doesn’t serve you. You already have everything you need to get back up if you are willing to trust yourself.

Here in this blog you will find posts on how to use tarot for therapeutic purposes and brainstorming, topics on the creative writing process, self care, and my life story as a parent of special needs children while managing my own disorders. By reading these posts, not only will you find that you’re not alone in this world, but you will be able to find various methods that you can choose to incorporate into your life to balance your own chaos. For more detailed information about my posting schedule and blog series, please visit this blog page.

During high school I wrote as a freelance writer for the local newspaper. I now write  under the pen name, Warren Tode. I float around the internet with either of my two gamer handles, ToadieOdie or SabakiYang.

I’ve been reading tarot since 1994 and was mentored by Saturn Celeste in 2018 at Tarot, Tea, and Me. Through mentoring, I have learned to use tarot for intuitive brainstorming, meditation, and problem solving.

I have three sons. My middle son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months old back in 2004 while I was going to college as a single mother. After giving birth to my third son, I had been treated for post-partum depression twice and post-partum psychosis once. I’m now diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic PTSD, and Unspecified Personality Disorder with Schizoid Traits. My oldest son is currently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Unspecified while my youngest is diagnosed with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, ADHD Hyperactive Type, Conduct Disorder (which is currently being disputed as possibly Autism Level 1 instead), Reading Delay Disorder Unspecified, and is under observation for possible Bipolar Disorder.

I know what it’s like to live with and manage mental illness as a parent. I know what it’s like to be a parent of a child with disabilities. I know what it’s like to do both at the same time. I also know that this can be done. I won’t lie to you. There will be crazy, insane, and chaotic days that will drive you under the bed. But there will also be amazing, wonderful, and joyful days that will bring music to your heart too. I want to share with you what I’m going through and what I’m doing in the hopes that it will be helpful to you in your journey.

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Page last updated September 13, 2018.
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