About the Blogger

First, thank you for coming by to see my blog. I really appreciate comments and likes. I also welcome any suggestions, and I enjoy exploring and following others blogs.

As the title of my blog indicates, I am a mother, wife, student, and worker living in Houston, Texas. I am also Catholic, and my faith means much to me. As you can see, one section of my blog is on faith. My heritage also means much to me. I was born in the United States, but my parents are from Colombia, South America. I was born in Queens, New York, but ran to Texas as fast as I could. No, I’m joking! My parents decided to move to Houston when I was only two. And I’ve stayed here ever since.

I am married to a wonderful man, who happens to have bipolar disorder. But I’ve learned that he is much more than the bipolar. Together, we are fortunate to have a sweet, gifted teenage son. I am a part-time student working on a masters in psychology. And I work full-time at the county center for persons with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. I’m writing this blog as a sort of psychotherapy. I’ve noticed that writing and photography make me feel better when I am not feeling so great. I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. Specifically, I have social anxiety. Writing this blog is a big leap for me considering I have this type of anxiety. Often when I have posted my work, I obsess and worry about what others in the blog community will think. However, I am slowly getting over that worrying and learning to be myself. This attitude comes in handy in helping me overcome my social anxiety in the world outside the internet. I often post a tip on how to deal with anxiety. And I’ve started a series called Psychology A-Z regarding how psychology relates to my life experience. While I am taking classes, I will be extra busy, so I won’t write as much. But keeping a schedule is important to me, so I will continue writing short posts. I am interested in everything to do with my family, psychology, photography, music, philosophy, movies, the internet, and learning more about my faith and being a better person. By expressing my thoughts and ideas maybe I can help both myself and readers.

Addendum: On May 14, 2016, I was awarded my master of arts in general psychology.  I thought about removing the “student” from my blog title, but decided on keeping it.  Though I may no longer be enrolled in a school, I consider myself a lifetime learner.  Therefore, I will always continue to be a student.

Important Note: What I express in the blog are my opinions, thoughts, and feelings. I am not a licensed or certified mental health professional.

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I wish I had more time to practice and play.

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I really like books.

My child brings me hope

My husband brings me humor


60 responses to “About the Blogger

  • dogear6

    We all go through the anxiety when we hit publish. Will someone get offended? Is this going to be the time no one likes it? Did I say something wrong / make a typo for everyone to see?

    It’s hard to be confident doing this, but it is possible to get more used to it until the confidence comes.

    Hang in there. At worst, it never gets easier and you decide this isn’t for you. So what? You have to try it before you know for sure.

    I went through that with Toastmasters. I did it nearly three years and never got over my nerves. I finally decided that it wasn’t ever going to happen either, although I did at least get a lot better at speaking and not being a total spazz in public.

    Nancy

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  • dogear6

    P.S. If you’re concerned about criticisms or problems, you might want to change your options to moderate comments. Mine are set to moderate a comment for the first time. If I don’t recognize someone, I won’t approve them until I check their website and make sure they are legitimate or that I could trust their comments to not be a problem.

    The other thing you can do is to moderate all comments. I think it’s a bit drastic unless you are having problems with someone that got approved by accident and now you have to screen everyone.

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    • Claudia

      Thanks for the comments and suggestions. They are very helpful and encouraging. I’ve visited your Daily Life blog. It’s a good resource for a beginning blogger like me. I’ve been looking for other daily or weekly post challenges. I’m not sure I have the time to keep up with any right now, but I will keep them in mind for the future. Again, thank you.

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  • carolbsessums

    Love your blog, Claudia. Like you, I suffer from lifelong depression and anxiety – mostly social anxiety. I come from a very long line of depression on both sides of my family. Hoping and praying my daughter doesn’t have those genes. She’s twelve and very well-rounded and more confident and social than I ever was. I even dropped out of classes in college, because I could not force myself to do the 3 or 5 or 10 minute oral presentations. Pitiful! I want to go back to school online but every major requires public speaking, and I just won’t do it. I could talk in front of a class full of children for hours (5th grade or younger), but put me in front of adults watching me? No thank you. I know all that stems from my abusive childhood and I need to overcome, but that’s my greatest fear – public speaking, as far as my self goes. I’d rather write and share myself that way. Everyone has a voice, right? I’d just rather mine be typed and silent. And share photography, etc. Good for you on going after your masters in clinical psychology. I suppose my main dream was to be a mom and that dream came true – best kid in the world. My second dream is to be a photographer and writer. I am both, but to get paid for them would be even better. Actually, I’d pretty much just settle for any old job right now. 😉

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    • Claudia

      Carol,

      I can so much relate to what you mentioned regarding not taking a class because of the public speaking. When I was an undergraduate, I dropped several classes for that same reason. Now ten years later in graduate school, I’ve had to just find ways to manage
      my anxiety and depression. In order to get my graduate degree, I am required to take some classes that have assignments requiring oral presentation. I’ve gotten to the point where I am so motivated to
      get my masters degree that I just decided –so what if I get anxious, I just need to get through it and it will be alright.
      You are doing good working at your own pace. Be patient with yourself. Each flower blossoms in it’s own way. 🙂

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    • Claudia

      Thank you for coming by. And thank you for your comments.

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  • Gilly Gee

    We have things in common, I work full time and study part time for my degree. I’m also a counsellor and I find writing my blog very therapeutic!

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  • andy1076

    Hi Claudia, Thank you for following my blog 🙂

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  • Angeline M

    Hi Claudia, Thanks for the follow over on my blog. It seems like you have a full schedule with family, work, and school. I really applaud you for working on your masters degree!
    I love the WordPress community, and think we are all here to offer each other support.

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    • Claudia

      Angeline,
      Thanks for coming by. You’re right, the blog community is a blessing. It has been a joy having the opportunity to express myself and see other bloggers express themselves. An added joy has also come from the comments and feedback. Very supportive and therapeutic.
      Claudia

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  • liveloveyourlife

    Hi Claudia!
    It’s great being in your “neck of the woods!” You have a wonderful blog. I browsed a few of your posts in the psychology section (as I am intrigued with psychology myself), and I could not stop reading. I really admire you for learning more about your anxiety. I think a big problem nowadays is that many people are ignorant and choose to ignore their feelings. I think it’s great that you defied this “norm” and educated yourself more. I also suffer from anxiety, so I can definitely relate to some of the things you’ve been through. I really like your “Anxiety tips…” some great information there! I look forward to reading more, and thanks for giving me the chance to stumble across your blog.

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    • Claudia

      I am happy to hear you enjoyed going through the resources. You’re welcome back anytime. The blogging has been helpful practice in being myself. With the social anxiety, I am often tempted to avoid social situations and interacting with people. And if I do interact, it can often difficult to be myself in the outside world. Thank you for coming by. And thank you for the kind comment.

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  • Sunshine

    Hello Claudia,
    Just wanted to stop by and leave you the, Very Inspiring Blogger Award http://wp.me/p1RzUf-NB.
    I’m not sure how you feel about blog awards so my attitude is do what works for you. No obligations from me. It’s my way of saying I enjoy your blog spot. Many thanks and have a great day!

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  • Freedomborn

    Hi Claudia,thank you for joining up with us we appreciate you doing so and look forward to sharing with you. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to share from your heart.

    Many years ago through my life experiences I suffered deep depression and needed time in Hospital, I came close to suicide a few times but God rescued me. At times I’m sad when painful things happen like most people are, our emotions are a gift from God to encourage and warn us but I always have a deep inner Joy even if I have a tear in my eye. I have great faith in a God who Loves us and would never hurt us or cause us to suffer but only wants the best for all His Children and regardless of what happens to us because we Love Him, He will work it all out for good.

    Christian Love and Blessings from both of us – Anne

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    • Claudia

      Anne,
      Thank you for coming by and following my blog. “He will work it all out for good.” That is so true. That one simple idea has kept me going even in the low times. I am glad you found God even in your lowest times. And thank you and your husband for being part of the blog universe. I wish I had more time to interact more with all the bloggers that follow my blog. Anyway, thank you again for visiting. I hope you come back often.
      Claudia 🙂

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  • Freedomborn

    We want to thank you Claudia for accepting our Unity with the King of Kings Friendship Award, as part of God’s wonderful family we hope to share more with you and enjoy your heart focus.

    Christian Love Ron and Anne

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    • Claudia

      Anne and Ron,
      Thank you. You are both very kind. I’ll place the badge on my sidebar soon. After having a tough day at work, I thank you for bringing me some extra joy today.
      Claudia

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  • Freedomborn

    Wow Claudia we must have been writing at the same time how is that for Unity, we will visit again soon.

    Christian Love – Anne and Ron

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  • Freedomborn

    Hi Claudia I have the Kreativ Blogger Award for you it does have rules but no pressure, like all Awards it does not say how soon you have to action them so just relax and when you want to Post it.

    Please follow the link below, thank you for your encouragment and support on the Blog not just ours but others too.

    Kreativ Blogger Award – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/kreativ-blogger-award/

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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  • Barefoot Baroness

    Hello Claudia, It’s so lovely to meet you, and I will enjoy getting to know you further through more time spent reading your blog. Thank you for visiting and opting to follow my blog as well, I’m so glad you found it.

    We have a few things in common already: being a mom, psychology, anxiety, and books.Not to mention WordPress and the second guessing we tend to do after postings. I completely relate. And thist is just before we have really begun to know one another.

    Thanks again for stopping my blog~

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  • arkenaten

    Thanks for popping over to The Ark’s spot. All I can hope is you have a laugh or two.
    Don’t worry about not being a mental health professionalactioner; most bloggers are a bit mental, so you probably fit right in.

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  • Freedomborn

    I notice Claudia you have now decided to reject Awards and that is your choice of course but is this including the ones you accepted from us, if so it would be kind to tell us personally that you have changed your mind.

    We believe when Awards are used to uplift and encourage others they are a blessing but I do try to take the pressure out of them and also offer those Awards that have no rules just as a gift or blessing.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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    • Claudia

      Anne, I really appreciated the award. And believe me, you did not cause me to decide on declining awards. It’s simply a choice I made to avoid the awards that required rules and more time. I found myself spending too much time blogging or reading blogs. And I often felt guilty about leaving bloggers out when I had to pass awards on. I prefer to give kind comments and likes and receive the same.

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    • Claudia

      Anne,
      I apologize for my oversight and not letting you know personally that I would prefer to decline your award. I am very grateful that you thought of me. And your kind words are enough encouragement. Even in the outside world I prefer small family get togethers to large parties where I have attention focused on me. I guess awards are like parties to me.

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      • Freedomborn

        Hi Claudia, we accept your apology and we respect your feelings in this regard. It’s when there is no apology and rudness is shown that it is very wrong and reflects on the Integrity of those who do this.

        We are all unique as long as we hold onto God’s Truth and live it out in our lives, then we are not in error. There are other ways to encourage others when Blogging, not just with Awards but I like them and so do many others, I do try to make them genuine, without pressure and give from my heart I also respect those who created them and who chose me to receive them. When I give an Award it is because I want to let the person know they are special not just to me but God.

        Thank you again – Christian Love – Anne

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  • jakesprinter

    Great page you have here my friend , I update my about page too
    We all know this Like box option is very late in appearance more power to your blog 🙂

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  • tobyo

    Hi Claudia, thanks for following my blog! I was perusing yours last night as you likely can tell. I’ll come back again soon to peruse even more.

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  • Freedomborn

    Hi Claudia, I just want to thank you for the Blessing that your Blogging friendship has been to me and I look forward to sharing with you more in the future, thank you for your flowers of Love.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/friendship-flower-blessings/

    Christian Love Anne.

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  • pbmdigital

    Dear Claudia,
    Thank you for following whereishumanitygoing.wordpress.com
    You will be in my prayers today.
    Sr. Cheryl, Novice
    Daughters of St. Paul

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  • lensandpensbysally

    Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Hope that you will join our iPhoneography Monday Challenge.

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  • thebestdressup

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

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  • Wilder Man On Rolling Creek

    Hey – I’m glad I stumbled on to this blog! your blog name came up when I was writing my most recent post (today) about Shawshank Redemption (“Hope is a dangerous thing”) … I cannot seem to find the post (bummer) … I wanted to read it. Your categories resonate, and I look forward to following your blog. Peace, T

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    • Claudia

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad to read you like it. The Shawshank post was a haiku I did about the movie. I think it was titled Red & Andy first and then I changed the title to Movie Haiku. 🙂

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  • wildermanonrollingcreek

    Ok, thanks! I will look for “Movie Haiku”.

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  • Sid Dunnebacke

    A pleasure to find you your blog, Claudia. Catholic, mental illness… I’ll for sure stay tuned to read what you have to say!

    Wait, wait, though – another Claudia from Colombia? This might get confusing… but I think I’ll be figure it out. 🙂

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  • The Rider

    Thanks for sharing this- I have a few of those anxiety/ depression streaks myself…

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  • intrepidmuses

    What an awsome blog from a fellow Catholic!

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  • Su Leslie

    Thanks for following zimmerbitch and introducing me to your blog. I hope you’ll find the online community as friendly and supportive as I have. Indeed I’ve taken to refering to you all as whanau (Maori for family, but in a much more open and inclusive way than it’s meant in English). Cheers, Su

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  • bylaurenhayley

    Hi there,

    I’ve loved reading your blog. I’m also apart of the Mental Health Writers Guild and was just wondering if you’d be intererested in joining a new project I’m starting to raise awareness of mental health and raise some money for charity.

    Please see the page below for more details and comment on it if you’d like to be apart of it.

    https://bylaurenhayley.wordpress.com/the-mental-health-art-auction/

    Thanks,
    Lauren

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  • simonsimple66

    I thought i’d write here, if it’s ok, just to say I liked some of your pictures on here but have not looked and read enough yet. I have a camera too, but i only ever really take shots from inside where we live, or just out of my windows usually. The last time i went out for a day on a recreational level was just a few days after last Christmas ..long story, but i kinda forced myself out that day for someone who visited us. I have not used the camera in many months, even inside here though.

    Those Cicada insects, if i remember rightly, make a cricket-like sounds at certain times. I used to like hearing them, (if i am correct in thinking it was them i heard) when yrs back we went on holiday to the country i was born in and i think they generally used to hang around in trees and make a sound.

    That song, The Scientist, By Coldplay, i liked too, even thought it is quite sad. Wishing i could turn back time, but remain there, only at certain points, deleting the bad moments and leaving only the good.

    I read some of your other thoughts on that blog and they were sad at times too. I could not hit the like button on some of them because they reminded me of painful moments people go through, so i thought i would just acknowledge them here, instead and let you know i read some of them. I felt somewhat shy seeing my name and my profile show when i did click like too.

    That’s the thing about seeing other people thoughts and images. You can go through a lot of things that never effect you, many nice, but then you’re all of a sudden, you’re hit with something they write, not purposely of course, but certain subject matters that burn, causing much regret…. and then guilt manifests itself once again.

    On the brighter side for once, instead of all my gloom here’s my last thought..haha… If you can play a musical instrument, like that piano, that’s cool. I wish i had some talent of some kind.

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