Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

Please leave me a comment below. I really want to know what you are thinking!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

You CAN Do It!


12 comments:

  1. I was just thinking as I watched this that at one time you wouldn't post your photo on here and now you're doing videos!

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    1. Ha ha ha totally crazy, huh, Kristina?! Never say never!

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    2. I was thinking the same thing! I remember when you gave us your real name for the first time too!

      I love this video and found it very inspiring especially since I'm unwilling to tell people about my OCD for fear of their judgment and all the stigma. I've told two dear friends and that's it and it was soooooooooo hard to do! You inspire me, Sunny!

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    3. Oh it IS hard, Elizabeth! But you know, I don't think (in my little 'ole opinion) that everyone has to go around advertising it like I do. It just works for me, in my situation. You've found what works for you and that's totally cool. And I sure hope you never feel bad about that. We all have to decide what we are comfortable with.

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  2. Good job, Sunny, with the video and with being open with others about your OCD. You are educating and reducing the stigma of mental illness, one person at a time--and it all adds up. Thanks for the encouragement!

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    1. Well, I sure wish it added up faster, Tina! But, I guess that's how it needs to be done.

      Thank you for YOUR encouragement. It always truly means the world to me. : )

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  3. I love hanging out with you in your living room, Sunny, and what a great message in your video! Your advice applies to everyone, not just those with OCD......if we keep working hard, we can achieve our goals. Thanks for a great video!

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    1. You're so welcome, Janet! I'm really glad that you found it helpful too. I'm often surprised at how we can change things over time. It seems like things will never happen, and then one day you realize it's happened. Funny how life works.

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  4. I suppose the only time we really experience failure is when we don't even try. Taking a risk has almost always been a positive experience for me, if nothing else I learn something and walk away glad I made the attempt. The scenario's of failure in my head are always worse than my real experiences.
    Love your video's Sunny, seeing you on video captures your enthusiasm. How appropriate it is to call you "Sunny".

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    1. Hey this is Krystal Lynn, right?! Sooooo great to hear from you. Aw, thank you for your sweet words!

      I have to tell you that I think you make several excellent points in your comment - especially, "The scenario's of failure in my head are always worse than my real experiences." YES, YES, YES. Oh how I have found that to be so true in my own life, and I never noticed that before. Thank you for that.

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  5. Hi Sunny,

    I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 23. I am now 41. For the longest time and still to this day, I have blamed myself for having this illness. I know deep down inside that I am not to blame, but it is so hard for me to accept that. It makes me feel weak as a person to have OCD, but I know I shouldn't feel like that at all. I have never had CBT or ERP therapy and really think I need to look into it. I have had some therapy, but not much. Only my family and close friends know I have it. It isn't easy for me to talk about. Anyways, this my first reply on your page. I want to let you know that I think you are a brave, strong and amazing person. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and watching your videos.

    God Bless YOU,
    From OCDhurts

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    1. Hi OCDhurts! Welcome! I'm so glad you "stopped by."

      I'm so sorry you are in so much pain. Believe me, I get how painful it can be to talk about. Ugh. You so desperately need the support of others, but the ability to reach out to them and discuss it is nearly impossible, and it's just this yucky circle. I'm glad to say that this circle can be broken. It's not easy, but it's definitely possible. One trusted person at a time.

      There are certainly times when I blame myself too, for having OCD. Sometimes, I've even convinced myself that I was just making it up to get attention! Crazy, huh? I have found that you can't change how you feel, BUT you can change what you believe, and that can change what you feel. I believe (actually, I KNOW) there is a ton of scientific evidence that shows that the brains of people with OCD look different under a PET scan than people with a "normal" brain. I know that scientists are discovering a genetic component to OCD. I also know that anxiety disorders in general tend to run in families. SO, it's hard to feel responsible for my illness knowing all those things. I hope that helps.

      Please don't give up hope. I did not get treatment until I was 41. It was very difficult, but so worth it! I got my life back! You can too. And now I have the tools to move forward for the rest of my life.

      I'm so glad you wrote. And thank you for your very kind comments. Please write again. You can also feel free to email me if you like. My address is top right just above my pic. There really is so much hope for you. God bless you too! Sunny

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