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This weekend I had three pieces in a local art show and my still-life won 3rd place! 

This is my newest and the first in my series based on Exposure and Response Prevention, which I’m using in my therapy for OCD. I’ve been setting up still-life pieces using objects that cause distress and trigger intrusive, obsessive thoughts in hopes of exposing myself to them in a creative atmosphere. The goal of ERP is to expose and control your response, which is typically mental or physical rituals. Giving myself a goal, like creating a piece of art, has helped ease myself into this. I am constantly exposing myself to really distressing objects and responding in a positive way. 

It feels really good to capitalize on my mental illness and produce something productive. I’m really looking forward to finishing up the rest of these and propelling forward off of this accomplishment. 

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Memo to the White House staff:

Effective immediately:
•All latex gloves in the White House will be replaced with size XXL, just in case the president ever needs a pair of latex gloves
•Anything the president touches; including phones, tables, chairs, forks, knives, or pens, will need to be dipped in pure gold before use
•White House employees will be required to wear uniforms embroidered with the presidents logo
•All references to wigs, toupees, hairpieces, or baldness will be banned indefinitely
•The word “great” should be used as often as possible. It helps boost the presidents confidence

Songs That Make You Feel Good About Yourself

American Idiot-Green Day

Do It Now Remember It Later-Sleeping with Sirens

Don’t Wanna Be Like You-Blood On The Dance Floor

Fallen Angels-Black Veil Brides

Gold-Sleeping With Sirens

Kick Me-Sleeping With Sirens

Kids In The Dark-All Time Low

King For A Day-Pierce The Veil

Knives And Pens-Black Veil Brides

Little Me-Little Mix

Missing You-All Time Low

Never Be-5 Seconds Of Summer

Never Giving up-Of Mice And Men

Parasites-Sleeping With Sirens

People Like Us-Kelly Clarkson

Perfect Weapon-Black Veil Brides

Raise Your Fist-Social Repose

Rebel Love Song-Black Veil Brides

Resurrect The Sun-Black Veil Brides

Runaways-All Time Low

Satellite-All Time Low

Roger Rabbit-Sleeping With sirens

She’s Kinda Hot-5 Seconds Of Summer

Sing-My Chemical Romance

Social Casualty-5 Seconds Of Summer

Something’s Gotta Give-All Time Low

The Strays-Sleeping With Sirens

Teenagers-My Chemical Romance

Therapy-All Time Low

Tomorrow Never Dies-5 Seconds Of Summer

Try-Colbie Caillat


We Don’t Belong-Black Veil Brides

Weightless-All Time Low

We Like It Loud-Sleeping With Sirens

Welcome To The Black Parade-My Chemical Romance

You Only Live Once-Suicide Silence

2 Chord-Sleeping With Sirens

The Signs as Emo Songs

Aries: This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arm’s Race // Fall Out Boy

Taurus: Your Guardian Angel // The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Gemini: The Kill // 30 Seconds to Mars

Cancer: Terrible Things // Mayday Parade

Leo: Bring Me to Life // Evanescence

Virgo: Knives and Pens // Black Veil Brides

Libra: 21 Guns // Green Day

Scorpio: I’m Not Okay (I Promise) // My Chemical Romance

Sagittarius: Welcome to the Black Parade // My Chemical Romance

Capricorn: I Write Sins Not Tragedies // Panic! at the Disco

Aquarius: I Hate Everything About You // Three Days Grace

Pisces: Scars // Papa Roach