graphic design · mental health

Mental Health Advocacy in My Life

I’ve been writing for HealthyPlace since July, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m co-author of the Recovering From Mental Illness blog. This week I posted a video about employment and mental illness as well as an article on how antipsychotic medication has affected my life. Please check them out. For October I am working on articles about volunteering and anxiety. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Mental health advocacy has been an important part of my life since starting my recovery ten years ago. Here’s a poster I created when I was a student at Owens Community College.

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Parenting

Karly Update 9-19-17

Karly has been getting up in the middle of the night. We were fortunate enough to have Karly sleeping through the night at eight weeks old, but now she has been getting colds and also has teething pain. It looks like she has four teeth coming in all at once on the top.

Karly is constantly repeating what she hears. Sometimes it’s cute, like when she repeats “thank you”, but sometimes it’s not. I yelled at our cat for scratching the couch the other day, and now Karly keeps yelling at the cat. I guess we need to watch what we say.

She loves building with her Lego blocks and sometimes builds towers five or six blocks high. We’ve noticed that sometimes she cleans up after herself by putting her toys in baskets. She does this in our office, too. She dumps out all the pens and pencils and then puts them back in their cup.

Karly still loves being outside. She stands at the door and says, “outside”. She still loves fruits and veggies, and has been eating bananas all the time. She asks for them by saying, “nana”.

This weekend my family is going to Kelleys Island. It will be Karly’s first overnight trip, and we’re all really excited. Pictures coming soon!

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Small Business

Five Reasons Why I Love Writing

I started this blog earlier this year to promote my design business, but I quickly learned I also like to write. I posted once a week in the beginning. I enjoyed blogging so much that I started posting twice weekly despite being busy with my day job and design work. It even led to a blogging job at healthyplace.com. I’m new and still learning, but I would like to share five reasons why I love writing.

 

  1. I’m shy and not very talkative. I find it is easier to write than to speak. Writing is a really great outlet for me, and it feels good to have found another way to express myself.

 

  1. Writing is similar to design. They are art forms with problem solving elements, and I really enjoy this about them both.

 

  1. You write all the time for all different reasons, so I feel I’m getting lots of practice everyday. I even strive to write the best service notes I can at my day job.

 

  1. Being a strong writing can open doors, such as composing a professional and concise cover letter when applying for a job. You can make a great first impression.

 

  1. There are lots of opportunities with writing, and I want to explore them. I’m keeping my mind and eyes open.

 

I’m not sure where my interest in writing will lead, but I’m really enjoying blogging for my design business and healthyplace.com. Who knows what the future might bring.

mental health · Small Business

New at HealthyPlace

I love my blogging job at healthyplace.com and I’m happy to say they’ve hired a new blogger to contribute to the Recovering from Mental Illness blog. Check out her introduction here.

Check out my latest article, “Setting Goals and Pursuing Dreams with a Mental Illness”. My next article will come out September 20th, and there will be a new video coming soon as well.

SCORE · Small Business · Toledo, OH

Helpful Business Resources for Entrepreneurs in Northwest Ohio

I have started my own design business, and over the last year I have learned of some local resources for entrepreneurs. Here are some organizations and websites that have helped me in my journey.

SCORE

northwestohio.score.org

SCORE offers free one-on-one mentoring. I have been meeting with a mentor from SCORE for a year now, and he has been incredibly helpful in teaching me about basic business operations and marketing. He has also referred me to other resources.

SBA.gov

The website of the US Small Business Administration is extremely helpful. I have completed many of their online trainings.

Women’s Business Center of Ohio

wbcohio.org

I just recently attended a writing class with the Women’s Business Center, and I was really impressed. Although their offices are in Cleveland and Columbus, they do hold events in Toledo. They are having a resource fair at the main library on September 20th from 2-7pm.

Toledo Lucas County Library

The library has been an amazing resource for me. At the suggestion of my SCORE mentor, I met with their business technology specialist to learn about the research databases accessible through the library’s website. These databases contain a lot of information, but I have used it primarily to learn about potential customers and competitors. The library also has a great selection of business books.

Assets

assetstoledo.com

Assets offers a 13-week 50-hour training course for new entrepreneurs that meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I have not taken this training myself, but I have heard from a friend that it’s very good.

Fitsmallbusiness.com

I have just learned of this website. It offers lots of articles, guides, and courses. I plan on spending more time there later.

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center

toledochamber.com

This website offers a ton of local information and even some video trainings. The SBDC also offers free one-on-one counseling.

Toledoregion.com

Check out the Entrepreneurial and Business Network section of this website. They have a list of lots of local resources for businesses.

Google Primer

This is a free app that provides quick little business trainings. I think it’s fun to go through if you have a couple free minutes.

I hope you find this list helpful. Do you know of any other Northwest Ohio resources? Please mention them in the comments.

 

Small Business

My Introduction to the Women’s Business Center

I recently attended a training with the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio, and I was inspired. The other women were ambitious and innovative, and I loved hearing about their businesses. The training was about writing and the importance of storytelling in promoting your business or cause. I was nervous to drive to the Cleveland area by myself, but I’m so glad I did. I think getting involved in the WBC with be very beneficial to the future of Rahm Designs, LLC.

art · mental health

Drawings Influenced by Mental Illness

I would have never pursued art if it weren’t for my mental illness. There have been times in my recovery when it has been easier to show than to tell, and I have numerous drawings and paintings depicting my symptoms. I’d like to share a few with you.

 

all eyes on me

This drawing, “All Eyes On Me”, is about my visual hallucinations, or the “ghosts”. I often feel like I’m being watched before I see ghosts.

 

 

Don't-Let-Me-Sleep

This one is called “Don’t Let Me Sleep”. It’s about the fear I sometimes feel when I go to bed, wondering if the ghosts are around.

 

 

future motherhood

This is called “Future Motherhood”. I have always wanted children, and for years I wondered how pregnancy and motherhood would affect my mental illness. Now that I have a daughter, I know it’s nothing I can’t handle.

 

 

limitations

This drawing, “Limitations” is about the times I have felt my mental illness has gotten in the way of the things I want in life.

 

 

brainstorm

This one is “Brain Storm” and depicts the feeling of racing thoughts.

 

It has been a while since I have created any drawings like these. I love how my mental illness has caused creativity, however, nowadays just about anything in life can influence my drawings.