Tomorrow morning I will be rising earlier than usual to join others in the NAMI Walk.  Not much will get me out of bed before 10:00am on a Saturday (or any day :)) but joining with others to show solidarity and fight stigma is well worth it.

Photo courtesy of NAMI

I will be walking with the Region IV Stigma Stompers and would love to have you join us.  Even if you can’t join us you may consider making an online donation.  Below you will find all of the information you may need or you can visit the NAMI Walk website directly

NAMI Boise

NAMIWalks, Changing Minds … One Step at a Time, celebrates hope! NAMIWalks’ momentum is unstoppable! NAMIWalks brings together 750 participants walking shoulder to shoulder in support of children and adults living with mental illnesses and their families.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Cross of Idaho will be providing free depression screenings, and the Saint Alphonsus mobile mammography unit and Lion’s Mobile Screening Unit will both be at our walksite offering free screenings beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 noon. Please bring your used glasses, glass cases, and hearing aids for donation to the Lion’s Sight & Screening Foundation.

On October 1st, take your first step along with 749 others to raise the public’s awareness of mental illness and break down the stigma surrounding it.

Happenings at Albertsons/SUPERVALU headquarters–With a festival atmosphere, the walk site at 250 East Parkcenter Boulevard will feature Mac Daddy’s Mobile Music and free food and water. Create signs and get your face painted in the kid’s tent. The Speedy Foundation will kick-off the walk!

The proceeds of NAMIWalks will be used to: 1) provide free education classes to families in the Treasure Valley; 2) facilitate support groups for people with mental illness and their families; 3) conduct an anti-stigma campaign; 4) advocate for improved education, employment, housing, and community services; and 5) promote resiliency and recovery for children and adults living with mental illnesses.

Walk with us on October 1, 2011, and Change Minds … One Step at a Time.

Please Mail Matching Gifts and Offline Donations To:NAMI-Boise
4696 W. Overland Rd., Ste. 274
Boise, ID 83705
Location: Start at 250 Parkcenter Blvd.
Boise, ID
Date: October 1, 2011
Distance: 1, 3, 5 K
Check-in: 9:00 am
Start Time: 10:00 am

For more information about this event, please contact:

Carla Young, NAMI-Boise Walk Manager
Phone: (208) 376-4304
FAX: (208) 376-9029

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Truly Living

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. ~Euripides

Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. ~Isidore of Seville

The past is made of memories, the future a fantasy, experiencing the present moment is truly living. ~anonymous

Hanging out with Channel 6 News

Follow the link above to learn more about aerial yoga and watch an interview with me, Angela Bryson, at Ophidia Studio.  I am excited to share all the great benefits of aerial yoga.  If you are interested in taking a class we offer three classes a week at Ophidia.

Monday 8:00-9:00pm taught by Angela R. Bryson

Thursday 7:00-8:00pm taught by Angela R. Bryson

Saturday 9:00-10:00am taught by Katie Ponozzo

Department of Health & Welfare sponsors Wellness Fair

A multi-pronged approach to wellness will keep us resilient and better equipped to handle challenges and stresses. If one coping skill or treatment fails us we will have others pick-up the slack.  This is what this wellness fair is all about.  What can we do as individuals to become resilient, strong and independent.  With wellness the whole world opens up to us.

Come Celebrate the First National Wellness Week — September 19-25, 2011
Wellness Fair
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
1720 Westgate Drive, Building A Room 131
Boise, Idaho

The moment is now…

Take a deep breath, smile, be yourself.

“Tuck that little piece of enlightenment in your sleeve and keep it close. When you add it to everything else you have learned, it will help you shine. Like a diamond in the making, the more heat and pressure you face, the more brilliant you will grow.”

~Excerpt from Living Wabi Sabi by Taro Gold

Published in: on September 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Angela Davis my Namesake

I just returned home from a visit with my family.   It is heartbreaking to now live so far from them.  When I say ‘far from them’ I am not only referring to geographical distance, but also lifestyle.  It is challenging to connect to those we love when they live so differently from ourselves.  I find it is of utmost importance to celebrate whatever has brought them happiness and joy.

Visiting with my family and spending time in my old hometown also made me think about my roots and beginnings.  Those of you that know me now might be surprised to hear that I was not a very happy child.  My mental health was always a challenge.  Bi-polar made it particularly difficult to ever have a strong sense of identity.

Luckily, with age, experience and proper treatment of my bi-polar I have come to discover my authentic self.  I finally feel able to be a strong woman with the ability to defend what I believe in.  These are the same characteristics I am so proud of in my parents.  Every year I discover more about them that I am not only proud of, but also intrigued by.  I think it says a lot that my mother named me after Angela Davis. “Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author.” Many of you probably will recognize her for her amazing hair!  I know I will never have the hair, but I will do my best to have her passion and determination.

Published in: on September 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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iPhone Addiction?

Yogi gone wild....

I spent years as a technophobe.  I was practically a Luddite, ready to smash machines and only use what I could make by hand!  I am currently writing this post on the first and only computer I have ever purchased.  Well, with that said…I have to admit that I have totally given up the fight.  Some might even say I have ‘drank the kool-aid‘ without looking back. (by the way how did Kraft ever come up with that strange name for a drink mix?)  I would like to hear your opinions.  How do you determine when too much ‘connectivity’ is too much?  When do you find that smartphones, computers, televisions, etc. have become an unhealthy buffer between you and the world in your immediate presence?

Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dose of Ridiculous

I spent too much of my life being way too serious. It is now my firm belief that the most important steps toward happiness are to never take yourself too seriously, be able to laugh at yourself, and never let age determine appropriate behavior. Life is meant to be lived!


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Freedom Cow

According to NPR, “Yvonne, a cow that has lived in the wild since eluding a trip to the slaughterhouse in May, has foiled all attempts to capture her. Now officials say that she’s not to be disturbed.”  Yvonne’s story makes me want to give vegetarianism another try.


Yvonne The Runaway Cow Gains Freedom

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What is bigger the foot or the dog?  It might seem silly to ask, but sometimes the answer is not always so obvious.  Just as the mirror says “objects my be closer than they appear”, there are a lot of illusions in life.  While practicing yoga we take the time to observe the details that we may otherwise block out. In deepening our awareness we can dispel personal illusions and gain a clearer image of our authentic self.  Some may say this is a narcissistic practice and ask how getting to know yourself better can help anyone, but yourself.  I would ask them to notice what the largest factors are that effect how they interact with the world?

When an individual feels sick they are less likely to be patient and tolerant.  If an individual does not understand their own needs how will they understand the needs of others?  The list could go on and on, my point being that your personal experience in the present moment has the greatest effect on how you interact with the world around you.  If you can increase the quality of your experience you are also more likely to influence those around you in a positive way.

So, with that said, do what you can to understand yourself and drop the illusions that wall you in.  The view will clear and you will find yourself doing good even without trying….now that is grand!