THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Mental health is on my mind today, perhaps because writer Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love)
recently got very honest in a post about her battle with depression and anxiety. Or because I was reading about Houston-reared Lizzo, a body positive, self-loving rapper who is lighting up the stage with her musical musings. We all have challenges – some more than others – so if you are needing support, I wanted to make sure you knew about some upcoming events. NAMI Greater Houston (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is hosting several summer “NAMI Family & Friends Seminars,” a 4-hour session that informs and supports family members, partners, friends, and significant others who have loved ones with a mental health condition. And the Jung Center is presenting their annual weekend conference with the topic “Love and the Boundaries of the Imagination” starting this Friday, August 2 and running through Sunday, August 4. They will use lecture, small- and large-group work, and creative activities to explore how love is fundamental to everything we do and all that we imagine ourselves to be. It is, after all, LOVE that heals everything.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is all about love – self-love, healing love, love for others, and a love for honesty. It’s the video of the Houston edition of the “This is My Brave” show that I participated in this past April. I’ve linked it so it will start at my performance so please rewind it if you’d like to see the whole show. It was a moving and thought-provoking experience and I am very proud to have been asked to be a part of this amazing movement. This is My Brave is a nonprofit whose goal is to bring stories of mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and into the spotlight through pop-up storytelling events such as the one in Houston.
Summer is winding down…but August is still on the calendar, my friends! If you’re looking for summer day camps for these last days before school starts – doncha worry! You can search my HUGE database of over 200 camps at www.DayCampsHouston.com and peruse my final CAMP BLAST for the summer, which will be posted on the GISH PICKS page this Friday, August 2. There are camps for every child and every interest, including arts, sports, cooking, international cultures, academics, fitness, science, and much more. Check it out – you’ll LOVE all the info I have for you!