Corey Jones Blog

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February 25, 2019
Upcoming Events

Friday, March 1  Saturday, March 2 Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10 The mental health first aid workshop is free for members of Kirkwood United Church of Christ and $20 for non-members.

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February 2, 2019
Both Broken and Whole

"Life is funny like that, when the dust settles at the end of the day - and we’ve said all we can, we’ll realize every part of us, even the loving ones, were a little broken.”  I like that you're broken Broken like me Maybe that makes me a fool I like that you're lonely […]

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January 12, 2019
Gratitude for 2018 - Excitement for 2019

A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. ~ The Message Bible 2018 was my year for healing and for accomplishing my goals - I completed my book challenge by reading thirty books in a year! My Favorites: Graphic Novels/Comics: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? […]

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December 9, 2018
Hashtags as Agents of Social Change

I post on Instagram almost every day to promote this blog, so of course, I experiment with hashtags.  Common hashtags I  use: #alifeworthliving #focusonthepositive #focusonthegood #bethechange #mindfulness #gratitude #gratefuleveryday #artheals #mentalhealth #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery A lot of my posts are about recovery from mental illnesss/mental health challenges, and since I am privileged (*rolls eyes*) with so […]

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November 3, 2018
Jesus Didn't Have My Level of Anxiety

I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. (403, The Message Bible) I am too hard on myself.  My anxiety causes me to second guess myself and assume I am doing worse than I often actually […]

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September 27, 2018
"Recovery" Does Not Equal "Appropriate"

"You look good today, Corey.  Appropriate!"  The peer at the computer laughed and then added, "People tell me to be appropriate all the time-do people ever tell that to you?"I laughed, and said, "yes. When did recovery become synonymous with appropriate?" Yes, indeed-how?  I've been asking myself this question for several months now.  It started a […]

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August 26, 2018
The Life Changing Art of Dialogue

"My goal is not to change anyone's mind or belief system.  My goal is to introduce you to different worldviews, so that we can support each other better.  As you know, being a certified peer specialist isn't about being right or wrong, but about connecting, learning, and supporting each other. This is what I love […]

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July 20, 2018
Hospital Prevention Poems

A lot of what I do both for myself and for my peers is hospital prevention.  I would not feel such a pressing need to prevent hospitalizations if they were more ethical, therapeutic experiences AND if they were not so expensive.  Even with insurance, expect to pay a few thousand dollars.  "What is it that […]

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June 19, 2018
The Hard Truths of Anxiety

"There is nothing perfect, " August said from the doorway. "There is only life."  (The Secret Life of Bees) I hate anxiety. I mean, I really, really, really hate anxiety. I know I often talk about the gifts of my disorders but it doesn't mean that I enjoy them in the moment. I have been […]

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June 6, 2018
Push Through or Surrender?

May Jesus himself and God our Parent, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.  (439, The Message Bible) “When life gets hard, just push through,” the speaker tells the room of people in recovery. “Michael […]

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