Today, is 10 Terrific Years of Discussing Dissociation Day !!
Wow wow wow!
I can’t even believe it!
How is that possible, and where has all the time gone??!!
This is a big day for me. It feels amazing, exciting, wonderful, and all kinds of incredible. I’m just astounded that we’ve carried on this long and gone this far together! So let’s have fun today. I have been thinking about this, and I have some ideas to suggest. I’ll give you a hint though….. It’s going to be all about 10.!
“10 this, 10 that!” You’re gonna be tired of me saying 10!
For fun, and of course, for some helpful benefits as well, I’m going to give you 10 challenges. We’ll see which ones you can do — you don’t HAVE to do these challenges, of course, but maybe some of them will be fun. Oh, and of course, there is no time limit, so if you wanna do all 10 of them, go for it!
In the comments below — or in an email, if you want privacy — please tell me 10 words that you would use to describe Discussing Dissociation. 10 simple words (or phrases if you need to), but preferably 10 words.
This is a cool way to get your thoughts and feedback, and I’m always interested in your opinions, too.
IF you know your favorite article here, or up to your favorite 10 articles here, please let me know which articles YOU like the best. You can list them in the comments section below OR simply post a new comment on the article of your choosing, and let me know THAT’s the article you like.
I’ve been thinking about this for myself as well, and this is a difficult challenge! As you know, there are over 400 articles to choose from. How do you ever pick your top 10?
Say hello, or welcome, or post a reply comment to 10 different other readers this week.
A few months ago, I challenged myself to post to or email 100 different blog readers, and that’s been super good to do. I believe it is important to purposefully reach out to a variety of folks, especially to folks who are rather new to me. I have a chart of everyone I wrote to during my 100-post challenge for myself. If you’ve heard from me over the past few months, your name is probably on my chart!
So…. I pass that baton to you now, only how about you make sure to post to 10 different readers in this community. It might just make their day to hear from you!
And…. I have to say, I think it is SUPER COOL that we reached our 10,000 comments right before the 10th year party. How cool is THAT??!! I really love how much we communicate with each other as a community. It’s just fantastic to see, and I hope it keeps growing and growing and growing!
Do you have anyone in your system who is 10 years old? I would specific love to hear from the other 10-year olds out there! Please write a comment, or send an email, or send in a little note from the Contact page. ALL the 10-year olds around here are welcome to join in the fun and say hi!
We can make this a Happy 10-year old party for ALL the 10-year olds! Hi hi hi hi and hi to everyone and anyone who is 10 years old today too! How are you, and what stuff do you like? Please tell me how your day is going — I’d like to hear from you!
I hope that being 10 years old is as happy for you as it is for me and this blog! 🙂
And…. in honor of this Terrific 10 Time, I also want to challenge your entire DID system to do something specifically nice and kind for your 10-year olds this week. If you don’t have a 10-year old, pick another group of young ones who are approximately 10 years old.
What can you do with your 10-year old? First… make sure their basic needs are met. You know — I talk about this all the time. Make sure they have something tasty to eat, and something healthy to eat, and plenty of fresh water to drink, or maybe chocolate milk, or apple juice or a smoothie. Anything that is tasty for 10-year olds to enjoy, and yet healthy enough to have!
Also, make sure your 10-years old have clean, fresh, comfortable clothing on. So many little ones are still in their grungy dirty clothes, so … for our Terrific 10’s, let’s double check to make sure they have proper clothing on. AND… for that matter, you could let them have something extra fun to wear this week! Maybe they get some fun new silly socks, or maybe they get a new sweatshirt to stay warm, or maybe they can have a funny hat, or a new t-shirt. Just give your 10-year olds some extra consideration this week, and do a few extra good things for them.
And what fun, or recreational activities can your 10-year olds do this week? Can they watch their favorite TV show? Or maybe go to a new movie at the cinema theatre? Or ride their bike outside for awhile? Or go to the zoo? Or go play on skates or a skateboard? Maybe your 10-year olds like to read, and would like a new novel to read, or some new library books, or a new game to play?
Or maybe let your 10-year olds have some extra time in your therapy sessions this week. Maybe they have something to say too!
Or maybe they want to listen to the stories and the videos in the Saddest Little Bear Story Pack again. Don’t forget about that resource! Those videos can be fun and helpful for your kids, over and over and over again!
I like to use acronyms, and I have an article that explains a helpful process of using acronyms in therapeutic writing. So… let’s expand a little on Challenge 1 by creating Challenge 5. The word “Discussing” has 10 letters. So you know… that fits with my 10-theme of the day. The word “Dissociation” has 12 letters. So here’s the challenge:
Using the word Discussing as the main starting word, and do an Acronym based on the theme of “What topics would you like to discuss here on the blog, or in the DD Community Forum?”
If the word “Discussing” feels too short or limiting for you, use “Discussing Dissociation” as a combined phrase, and see what topics you can come up with that way.
The main goal of this exercise is to think about the topics that you need to talk about more, and maybe that will give me some ideas for new blog articles as well.
Discussing Dissociation uses the puzzle theme. I challenge you to put a puzzle together this week! For that matter, I challenge you to put 10 puzzles together this week! Of course, my first thoughts are about jigsaw puzzles, but there are lots of different kinds of puzzles available.
Let your little ones do a simple puzzle, and find harder puzzles for your older folks. There are lots of free puzzle games online as well. Just let your system have some fun, and I hope you think of Discussing Dissociation while you are playing. 🙂
Take 10 minutes every day this week to read various blog articles,
or 10 minutes to read any of the 10,000+ blog comments,
or 10 minutes to listen to the Discussing Dissociation videos.
If you spend 10 minutes here every day this week, you might see something new — something that you haven’t noticed before. Even if you feel like you have seen everything, ask someone deeper inside your system if they would like a 10 minute turn looking at the site. They may not have been around to see and read everything that you’ve seen and read.
And when you do see something new-to-you, please let the others in your system know about it! And it would be great if you let me know the new nooks and crannies you found while searching around. Sounds like a fun plan!
Can a blog get birthday presents? haha. That’s a funny concept, but that would just be cool. 😉
If Discussing Dissociation has been helpful for you and your system during the past 10 years, consider a one-time $10 “Support this Site” contribution as a way to literally, support this site!
Yes, yes, yes, I will continue to build and expand, and build and expand, and expand and build the resources we have here in this community, so yes! Your support is definitely appreciated. And any $10 gifts that arrive this month, I’ll definitely consider them to be Happy 10-Year Appreciation Presents from you.
OH — and so many many many thank you’s to those of you who have already contributed on the Support this Site option! I sincerely thank you for your participation in keeping this site alive and well!
And last, but not least ….. if Discussing Dissociation has been helpful for you and your system, I would certainly greatly appreciate it if you would share 10 links with your friends or your support team. Re-tweet 10 twitter posts, or share 10 Facebook posts, or forward 10 emails, or add 10 links to Discussing Dissociation out on other sites you visit, or share 10 video links, or share 10 Pinterest pins, or any combination of any of these ideas.
It means a lot to me for y’all to help share in spreading the word about how good we are doing here at Discussing Dissociation! Because you know … I think as a resource and as a community, we are doing AWESOME !!!
What a great team we are!
AFTER the Terrific 10 Year Day?? What’s Next?
Well…. what I can say is this has been an amazing start to another very busy 10 years to come! I’ve got more ideas than ever, and I have only begun to build the resources that I want to share with you.
Obviously, the Discussing Dissociation Community Forum is coming next !!
I reeeeeeeeallly wanted the Forum to be ready by today, but I just had a few too many things to juggle and those irritating internet interruptions, so unfortunately, I was unable to get it done by today. Gosh darn it! I am very disappointed with that, but I know that my team also wants to do a good job putting all the layers together correctly, and patience is important.
We are so so so so close.!! I will get the latest update from the computer gal soon, but I expect that I will be able to “test out” the forum by this weekend. And once I know that all is well, it will be available to you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
UPDATE: THE COMMUNITY FORUM IS READY!
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After the Community Friendship Forum gets off the ground, the Premium Educational Forum will get started shortly thereafter. AND an additional forum for spouses, partners, and allies of trauma survivors.
The next little bear story, featuring ElleBear (pronounced Elly Bear) is already peeking around the corner as well.
I know there is interest in a new DID Survivor Artwork Series, so that’s high on my list.
And I have several other surprises I’ll just keep to myself for now, but know that I am working on a bunch of projects!
This site will definitely continue to grow and grow and grow, and let’s all say three loud cheers for another 10 years!
hip hip hooray!
hip hip hooray!
hip hip hooray!
I wish you the VERY best today — and THANK YOU for being here. Thank you for YEARS of being here. You truly mean the world to me. It wouldn’t matter how much I wrote or created if you weren’t coming here to be part of it, so you know… this site is having it’s 10th-year Happy Day because of you! Sooo much appreciation for you. 🙂
And as always, I wish you and all your insiders the very best in your healing journey.
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