About Annie

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This is my blog and I have become quite attached to it. I think that bloggers come alive and discover their true inner voice when they nurture and water their blog on a regular basis. It takes on a life of its own that you could not have foreseen when you wrote that very first post.

 Visit my web site for coaching gentlekindnesscoaching.com  Life coaching for healing from an abusive relationship, and avoiding future abusers. I specialize in clients with C-PTSD and trauma from being in an abusive relationship, and also from emotional abuse sustained during childhood. This is not therapy. It is guidance to find your way back to who you are, and how to achieve your goals.

I believe that mental illness can be caused often times by psychological trauma from emotional / mental abuse and other forms of abuse during childhood. This is not always the case, but very often the people I connect with that have mental illness also experienced some kind of psychological trauma or abuse during childhood or their teenage years.

This blog is a safe space for people to connect and not be judged. My followers are supportive of each other and this is a wonderful place to connect with other people who share and care. People wit depression and anxiety disorders need support and often do not find it with the people in their daily lives.

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I also have a domestic abuse blog that is for the support and validation of people who have been or are being abused.  See  Lovely Wounded Lady Blog HERE.

I also have a poetry blog which you can connect to called Annie’s Poetry blog. 

We all have the need and the human right to mental wellness and peace of mind. Without peace of the mind, there is not much to make life worth anything. If we are following a path to peace of mind, then we are on the path to happiness.

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166 thoughts on “About Annie”

  1. I really enjoyed your article about Andrew for Kindness blog. I worked for a nursing home as a secretary and we had a wonderful lady just like Andrew, but with a different disease. She too had specific aides she preferred-I wonder why? My husband is 64 and has progressing Alzheimer’s disease. He is in a memory care facility now. Though that is a horrible disease, I have always said it is better than ALS, because at least with AD, the sufferer does not know what they have lost.

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    1. Thank you. I would not say one is better than the other. It more depends on the particular person. Dementia is very different for different people. Both ALS and dementia cause suffering for the person and for the family. The way people feel about things, their beliefs, their support system and their personality all make it an individual thing, as far as the amount and type of suffering.

      I am sorry to hear about your husband having alxheimer’s. Do not let anyone minimize your pain by telling you that someone else’s situation is worse. You need to be able to express your feelings and thoughts without being minimized or compared to others. Dementia is a hard thing for the family members. I have talked to many of them.

      Blessings and feel free to say hello here anytime,
      Annie gentlekindnesscoaching.com

      I also do life coaching to support people that need to be heard, validated and given coping tools. If you ever want to do a free intake to talk you can contact me at that gentelkindnesscoaching.com site or at my email michelemimimish@gmail.com


  2. Hi, Annie,

    I hope you remember me. We met through youtube. I had a small request. I have recently released a book of poetry, which is available on amazon.com on all ebook formats and will be released in print form soon. I was wondering if there was any way that you could read the ebook version and perhaps write a review (on amazon.com, and, if it’s not too much to ask, on your blog). I understand if that’s asking a lot, and I understand if you can’t. Please let me know either way. Thanks for your time and consideration. I’ll leave the link here as my website, and I hope to hear from you soon either way. Thanks!


  3. Thank you so much for following my blog…you have a wonderful optimistic attitude towards life and I am sure that is infectious to most everyone who hears your words. I too had to search for many years while living in the institution as to what was God’s purpose for me because initially, I simply wanted to die. I wanted to be wherever my son was and I had no one reaching a hand to help me see that recovery was possible even for someone with a severe case of schizophrenia like I had. But eventually, I began to listen to that quiet voice of my heart telling me that I could have a meaning even from what appeared to be a terrible set of circumstances. Empathy is now a close friend of mine…as I hear others share their grief, I always have tears swell in my eyes as I recognize the feelings of others on their journey. Thanks again for being so supportive. Sincerely, LaVancia


    1. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your personal painful journey. I agree that compassion and empathy for ourselves, for others, and accepting it from others is the way to enlightenment, truth and peace of mind.
      It is easy to get caught up in feeling that no one would understand and that we do not deserve what other people have. It is a prison in itself that other people lock us into like invisible bars that hold us in place.

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      1. Annie, I have a poem that just came to mind…I will post it now, just for you and your family, to share my empathy and understanding. I wrote it back, wow, 15 years ago in the institution…many hugs, LaVancia


  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love what you are doing and look forward to reading more. Learning about what’s going on and being able to give a label to it is the first step to understanding and healing. I had a wonderful therapist several years back who helped me to understand that the household I grew up in was dysfunctional. I never realized just how dysfunctional the entire dynamic was until I worked with her. Just knowing that was a big help.

    I was raised by a bipolar mother who had a tendency to verbally attack me when she was manic. And I was also molested by a family member. My son is extremely sensitive, and because of his sensitivity, learning disabilities, anxiety and other things, has had a challenging time in life (but things are finally turning around for him). In helping him deal with his challenges, I ended up having a spiritual awakening (I wasn’t looking for it; it found me), and traveling down that path has fast forwarded my own personal healing. Can’t wait to read more of your blog.


    1. So nice to have you visit my blog. I am sorry to hear about your past of abuse. You are on a path of healing and you will find new strength as you go through the ups and downs. Sometimes it will feel like you are going backwards. but you are always going forward, as you realize your path and create the things you want in your life.
      I understand about having a child that requires special attention and care. I have had 2 of them. It can be very challenging and sometimes discouraging.

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  5. Hi Annie, I’m so glad I came across your blog. As one who’s lived with chronic depression all my life (sometime I marvel that I’m even still here), it’s been be a massive struggle at times but at the same time when the clouds have cleared I can see the beauty in life. I think what you’re doing here is so vital and I’m anxious to read your posts. Have a great weekend! ~Steph

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to say hello and to share. I am glad to have you here. Feel free to connect with us in the comments anytime.
      It is good that we have the blogging venue to be able to connect with others who understand depression and other mental health issues.
      Talking to therapists only goes so far, because it is a one-way connection.
      Glad you stopped by. Keep visiting💕💕💙Annie

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  6. Hi, Annie! Thanks so much for the like. Just stopping by to check out your blog — and may I say, it’s totally awesome! Great goals with great content. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  7. I am working through child abuse and abandonment issues, so everything for me is about that these days. What you say about people getting mental illness because of abuse, may well be true in my case too as I have bipolar 1 and was severely physically abused for at least 10 years when I was a child. Also, your brain is obviously rewired when you experience the stress of abuse and you can get PTSD, so that is also a contributing factor. I am healing myself, it is possible and i am on a journey to do it! Hugs for you, gentle Annie.

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  8. Followed your blog. I love the loving kind warm inspiring feel to it. I suffer from an anxiety disorder (anxiety attacks), and also write poetry. I self-published a poetry e-book. Check my blog out sometime.


  9. I’m interested in learning about the concept of getting coached because things aren’t moving very fast for me. I have C-PTSD and I figure my late mother had at least 3 personality disorders, she destroyed all my relationships and did her best to do the same to my education and career too. I have hypervigilance insomnia and I have to take a strong antipsychotic every night just to get to sleep at all. I already won some funds from Social Security for disability but it doesn’t go very far. I’ve already been on CBT for almost a decade and so just a few months ago I switched to a different therapist to get EMDR but I still haven’t seen relief yet. I’m now on retirement and I’m able to get this therapist through Medicare (someone else in her office is on a panel) but I doubt that I could simultaneously get coaching through Medicare too. I’ve read about a lot of different approaches, I’d probably try going to Pete Walker or someone like him but right now that’s economically unfeasible. I’d like to at least hear how your approach compares to his if you happen to know. Thank you in advance for any advice you may be able to give me.


    1. Hi Jeff,
      I sympathize with your situation. The amount of damage that toxic people can do in our lives, and to our mental health, is unfathomable to most people. The benefit of a life coach who has had personal experience with this kind of abuse, is that you can talk about things and be understood. Even therapists that know about narcissistic abuse do not really understand it, unless they have been a victim themselves.

      Because it is well into the month of April, I can offer sessions at a discounted price. I usually charge 75 dollars a month for monthly coaching, which includes one phone call per week, which is usually between 1 to 2 hours long. And it includes emailing support during the week between the calls.

      If you want to do one session during April. I can offer you a 1 1/2 hour session for 10 dollars. This way you can see what coaching with me is like, and not spend too much money. I have some times open this weekend, and some evening times open on Monday and Tuesday.

      You can let me know your time zone, and any time difference between you and New Jersey. That way I can let you know what I have open, based on your time zone. You can email me at michelemimimish@gmail.com and just remind me that I talked to you on WordPress.

      It is nice to hear from you. Thank you for contacting me and sharing your story with me. I will check my email once more tonight before I go to bed. Then I will check it again tomorrow from work.

      I hope you can sleep tonight. Insomnia is often a problem with PTSD. Then the sleep deprivation makes the PTSD worse. It is a difficult cycle to get out of.
      Annie ❤


  10. Annie, your Boundaries for Relationships list is excellent! I noticed # 7 is missing the word “not.” You have a great site! I will enjoy reading your posts!


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