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Six-word memoirs

“What would you tell the world if you only had six words?”

Six-word memoirs are just that, six words to share something significant whatever it may be. They are short, sweet and to the point.

Another gem that I stumbled upon in my Google reader, (I LOVE THAT THING!) six-word memoirs hosted by smithmag.net, is an ongoing project similar to efforts like PostSecret. They are similar in the way fans are the direct resource for its existence, but six-word memoirs give more of an instant gratification. Where one may send a secret and hope for it to be chosen and published, six-word memoirs pop up instantly. The memoirs are broken into categories varying from anything to Life to Moms and Food to War and it’s really easy to get caught up on exploring and reading the memoirs for hours.

Smith Magazine is a magazine that hosts a bunch of contests and forums for people to share their content on its website. Many of the story projects where participants can submit their work lead to publication through a competition to be the next published work by Smith Magazine.

Created in 2006, the six-word memoirs have been published into five books and has received over 200,000 memoirs. Larry Smith, creator of Smith Magazine, was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary six-word novel, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” He wanted a forum for people to share with each other using only six words.

Now TWLOHA has jumped on board with this project and together with smithmag they are creating a book called Six Words on Pain and Hope. There is still time to participate and try to get your six-word memoir into the book, just click on the TWLOHA tab and submit your story.

TWLOHA invited the University chapters to recreate this project on their respective campuses back in last Oct. (National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month) and I found a compilation video on the tumblr of the uchapters with some of the submissions that students shared. BEWARE! This video is great, simple and touching. It made me cry and even though it might not have such an effect on you, it’ll definitely tug at your heart strings at bit.

TWLOHA UChapters 6 Word Memoir Project from TWLOHA UChapters on Vimeo.

Sorry it’s so small! I played around with the height and width of the video and it just won’t center itself when I make it fit so if you have trouble viewing it, please click to view it on vimeo.

Overall, I thought that my readers might enjoy this site because it’s easily accessible and a quick way to vent on those bad days. No one can stop you from posting 30 of these if that’s what you feel you need to release what you may be going through. It’s also a great reminder that you are not alone. When you can look through and read some things that people from around the world have to say on certain topics, it’s a great way to evaluate your personal feelings and emotions. Some submissions are crappy, some are just simple and trivial but some are truly profound so it’s worth some inspection if you find a few extra minutes.

You have to register to post but you can register as you post your first memoir. The registration is also quick, not all the other information some sites ask for. Smithmag only asks for a valid email, a username, password and full name.

I loved it so much that I posted my own:

“beauty is everywhere, just believe it”

Lastly, a little birdie told me that IMAlive, the online crisis network I mentioned a few weeks ago will launch THIS WEEK! It’s only a test launch or “soft launch” to not overload the system and hopefully it will go according to plans and yield good results for a full scale launch. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the IMAlive blurb.)

Quote of the day- I couldn’t decide which I wanted to post so I’m actually giving you two.
“In the end, it doesn’t matter that everything’s in pieces. It’s how you carry them.” – Garret Freymann-Weyr
“We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.” – Mary McCarthy

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Build you up to break you down

So I thought I would change gears for this week’s blog post and do something a little more personal. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog for the last 2 months, then you have experienced a lot of my interests and things that I find helpful to those looking for comfort.  I’m sure though, you may be thinking, “Who is this person?” “ Why does she write this blog?”

Instead of spilling all of my guts and telling my whole life story at once, I’ll give you (my readers) little bits of me as time goes along.

Below I have listed my top (originally 10, but I added two) songs that comfort me when I get down and have my really black days.  The first five, are songs that will most likely break you down emotionally and the last five, will build you back up.  I won’t even explain them, I just hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Some of these are sad, some are just slower and more solemn but personally when I have bad days I enjoy listening to really intensely sad music while I cry and get all of my emotions out. Here are five of my many emotional escapes. (Some of the videos will not Embed on the blog, no matter how many different videos I post for them, it has something to do with their record label so clicking on the name will take you to them on youtube. :])

7. Avril Lavigne- Slipped Away

6. Idina Menzel and Lea Michele- I Dreamed a Dream (Glee)

5. Coldplay- Fix You

4. Robert Pattinson- Let me Sign

3. My Chemical Romance- Cancer


2. TLC – I Miss You

1. Adele- Chasing Pavements

To break up some of the length, I will post this in two pieces :]

I will post the last part first though so it will appear in order.

Self-injury.net: forum for empathy

Like I said previously, anything that I post on this blog, I hope to be a resource to those seeking help. While looking for sites and forums to add to my Google reader, I stumbled upon a discussion blog website called self-injury.net. The blog was started by a girl named Gabrielle who is a self mutilator herself.

“My name is Gabrielle and I am twenty-six years old. I hurt myself for nearly nine years. This website was made to let self-injurers know that they are not alone and to help their friends and family,” the site reads.

Anyone can join the site, but you can also post video, photos, literature, etc without joining the online
community. It’s just a place for those who seek some guidance and friendship can find it in those who have been there.

The saddest and most uplifting comment from the site was a reply to a post from a user NotQuiteNormal. The user was asking if anyone else has tried to commit suicide, as she has tried nine times since age 11. The reply, that resonated with me, was from an anonymous user.

“I’ve never tried, but it’s something that I think about,” the user wrote. “I know HOW I’d do it but I don’t think I ever could go through with it. The main thing that’s kept me from considering it too much is (and this is going to sound stupid) my 4-year-old kitty Trevor. He’s always there for me and I could never leave him. I’ve been told that when I leave for more than 3 days he get really depressed and spends all his time trying to find me. I just couldn’t do that to him. As long as he’s around life is worth living.”

The reply I guess really stuck with me because something so small as a cat, that can’t even speak and offer words of encouragement, can be the one thing that saves someone’s life. The one thing that keeps a person from going over the edge. That speaks a lot about the human condition and how all people ever want to feel is love. This also speaks to how much weight our words and actions hold with other people. You never know what others are going through and the difference a smile, hello or hug can make in someone’s day and life.

I am not, nor ever have been a cutter or have had issues with self injury however, 3 of my closest friends have been and it is painful for everyone involved. If someone has the guts to share their story with you, please be understanding.

To end my post, I thought I would share two youtube videos of some individual stories. The videos aren’t anything fancy, just photos and music but, these people were brave enough to open themselves up to the world and one even showed her face. I hope you enjoy and understand that without seeing and talking about the problem, it can never be fixed.

*WARNING-WARNING-WARNING* These videos may be trigger so PLEASE VIEW CAUTIOUSLY!

The last thing I want to do is cause any of my readers to relapse.