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gillian marchenko

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Sign up for MEMOIR 101 & get a FREE 30 minute writing consult! My birthday present to you.

Sign up for MEMOIR 101 & get a FREE 30 minute writing consult! A present for you! A FREE 30 minute writing consult. Here’s how and why… Today is my birthday. I’m happily 42 years old. For real. My 30s were pretty terrible (another blog post, or a book, or another book. Wait, already have ’em. Also, yes, I know I’m a drag). But, I’m excited about my new endeavor. Recently, I launched an online writing course called MEMOIR 101, write a memoir worthy of…

How to help a depressed friend

help a depressed friend

    People often ask me how to help a depressed friend. That depends.   If you are not super close, help a depressed friend by: -Reaching out via text or with a card letting her know you are praying for and thinking of her. -Leaving a small gift or a meal (without the expectation that she will open the door). -Praying for them regularly.   If you are a bit closer, help a depressed friend by: -Doing all of the above. -Noticing when she is…

Depression is lonely, It helps to identify why

Depression is lonely. I know because I am lonely when I am in a major depressive episode. Saying that depression is lonely probably makes my husband sigh and people in my life cringe because they try to be there for me. They want to be my friends and I reject them. Can I be honest? It makes me sigh and cringe, too. Loneliness is part of my illness. It is a battle, friendship that is, one in which I’m often unable to tackle even though…

My writing course: Memoir 101, write a memoir worthy of publishing

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Memoir 101, write a memoir worthy of publishing     Guys, let me tell you about my new project! I am working on an online course called Memoir 101, write a memoir worthy of publishing. Do you have a story? Love to write? Want to write? Are you in the middle of a project? This course is for you!   My approach:   My goal is to help you write a publish worthy memoir. Why these specific words? Because they provide an all-encompassing thesis for Memoir…

Sometimes the praise is in the poop

Sometimes the praise is in the poop when it comes to depression. A few days ago, I posted a live video on Facebook about motherhood and depression… and then I fell into a pit of depression. Good times. Today I posted a much shorter video regarding all this, and how sometimes, the praise is in the poop… that is, little things can prove to us that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 3:6), even if the reminder of coming out of an…