I had a thought that maybe I shouldn’t judge anyone else.

I know sometimes I feel like I wish I was capable of silencing my inner critic. My illness is very difficult. I remember my childhood and how adults in my life often criticized me when I was a little girl going to school. I know all of the choices I made since I turned eighteen are my own to make. I am happier with my life now but for a long time I was really stressed out and I was so exhausted from not being able to sleep well at night since the onset of my illness. I am getting rest at night. I can sleep five hours and still function the next day but I realize I need seven to eight hours to be my best the next day. I like to get up at 7 am or 8 am.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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