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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hey Everyone!!!
Exciting news 1st South Sound Trichster meeting of 2013 will be Monday, Feburary 4th at 6:30 pm! Yeah for a yummy dinner and chats about Trich/Skin picking with fellow Trichsters!!!! e-mail us for address southsoundtrichsters@yahoo.com

Please remember whether you are returing or new to the group to take care of yourself before, during and after meetings:)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Year 1 Complete!

South Sound Trichsters (SST) was formed a year ago this month. My partner in crime Ohfeelya and I met through the TLC FB page and have met monthly ever since. WE have had fellow trichsters come and go and filter on average 5 e-mails a month inquiring about our little group. 

Forming SST has made me more aware and confident of my trich. It has really given me a chance to look at how I have in the past allowed trich to control my day to day routine. I can honestly say that meeting monthly to talk about trich has made all of my personal relationships stronger because I am not ashamed. I know that trich is something I can not always control and I DID NOT ask for it, nor do I "deserve" it.

I would like to thank all my supportive friends and family. A HUGE thank you to the lovely Ohfeelya for agreeing to take this fun filled support group on with me. It's been an interesting journey but I am glad I get to share it with you and our fellow trichsters!

Much Love!

Brow2Ful


It's been Awhile.

Slacking, yup that'd be me. 


If you have read the older posts you know I attempted to quit pulling again (keyword: AGAIN). If you have trich or any other implusive disorder than you likely no I failed. However, it hasn't set me back mentally. I know I am stonge and beautiful regardless the strage of "recovery" I am in.
 

The above section was written 8/14/12

NOW nearly a month later, I have kept my hands to myself about 90% of the time. Which is a vast improvement. Not only has my close friends and husband noticed the difference aka texture appearing on my face, my co-workers have also noticed.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TLC Conference Chicago =)

WOW, my head is still spinning! The conference was wonderful; met a lot of amazing trichsters, trich supporters and trich researchers. It will take days for me to processes through everything I learned and all the emotions I felt. Very very thankful that TLC offers this type of event; it's so great to know that I am not alone.

I'll attempt to post the next few days:)

Peer Support = Courage

I have an obsession with TED talks. One completely changed the way I live my life when I watched it a year or so ago. It is about the power of vulnerability in humanity and how connection with others is the foundation of living a full life.

If you've got 20 minutes to feel better about your own life here is a link to her talk. It has 4.7 million views because it is just THAT awesome.

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

It got me to thinking about how much being a part of the South Sound Trichster has given me strength and courage. Brown talks about how shame and fear create barriers between people. How we have an internal voice that says "I'm not good enough, I'm not strong enough, I'm not _______ enough" and how that closes us off. The power of showing who you are, letting people in to your internal world and the courage it takes to be that vulnerable is the birthplace of love and joy.

Even though most of the time we just BS about life in general during our meetings, I feel a sense of comraderie with my fellow trichsters because of a shared understanding of our struggles with this disorder. I can be vulnerable with them. I can share what once were extremely shameful thoughts, especially the self hatred that comes along with not being able to 'just stop.'

Now, I can talk to colleagues, friends and family about my struggle without crying or calling myself crazy. My self talk has become more positive and I recover from bad episodes more quickly.

I am still scared to go swimming because I don't want my eyeliner to wash off but I still do it because I love it and eff it if people look.

I hate working out really hard because I sweat my eyebrows off... but now I just say out loud "Holy crap, I worked so hard I sweat my eyebrows off" and people laugh WITH me.

I habitually check any and all mirrors and worry something will be out of place and when people think I'm vain for it  -  I don't care.

There are so many instances every day in which those of us that suffer from this disorder are confronted with our secret and feel forced to hide. I feel the drive to hide less and less and my shame and secrecy are lessening.

I showed my exboyfriend a recently discovered SURPRISE bald spot. Never ever in my entire life would I have ever thought I would be strong enough to be that vulnerable.

Shame hurts us all but mostly it hurts you and your experience in the world. If nothing else, come hang out with us for a night for a true relief of this shame instead of just distracting yourself from it, as I do most of the time by staying busy.

Wednesday's at Taco Guaymas in Tacoma at 6:30pm for an hour. Email us for the address!

In solidarity,

Ohfeelya



Sunday, April 29, 2012

Where did April Go?

Good Morning, afternoon and HAPPY Spring!

Sorry the blog has not been kept up on. Wow, I need to put a reminder on the calender or an alarm on my phone to get me to blog on a more regular bases. 

Well, exciting news within the peer group of SST we had a new member join that has been actively attending weekly meetings! Wooohoo a vision from over a year ago is coming to life right before my eyes. 

It seems for me (I can not speak for the other members) the more weekly interaction I have with others that also have trich the more comfortable in my skin I feel. I don't have to be a shame of this behavior. I need to recognize when I am doing it and deal with it head on. 

Over the last year I have told more friends, family and co-workers about trich than I think I have during my entire life (I have lived with trich for a startling 22 years WOW). With the support of my loved ones, friends, co-workers and my newest friends within SST I have successfully quit pulling my eye lashes for more than 8 months! They aren't super long but guess what they are mine!!!!:) 

This Wednesday night I'm headed to Chicago for TLC's annual conference. So excited to connect with other folks that get it and to hear the latest research!!! I'll try to remember to post when I get back....perhaps a reminder should be put in my phone right this very second. 

Until next time!
-Brow2Ful

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March....

So, we're in the 3rd month already how'd that happen so fast? I haven't kept my fingers down so much for them goals.... However, I did pull it together I am headed to TLC's conference in Chicago woot woot!!!

So, Life has been pretty good, got my hair did not just a cut but some fun color too. My neighbor has an in home salon, very private. I did chat with her about Trich she was super friendly and supportive. I'd totally send folks her way that are looking for a new hair do but have anxiety about the big box salons. Amy has a place in Issaquah and in Puyallup here is her website http://www.salonsbyamy.com

All in all life is busy with work and school and I haven't had much time to practice hands down...you'd think I am so busy I wouldn't have time to pull...oh well some days it is what it is and I shouldn't beat myself up.