I am a nurse. I have a BS in psychology Addiction & Recovery and a BS in Crisis Counseling, LPN, QMHP-A, CSAC. I Work in behavioral health in OBOT & Case Management, with mental health & Substance Use disorder clients. I am a strong advocate for awareness for both! None of that prepared me for what lies ahead in my journey...
Art is my escape....
Live it, Sketch it, Paint it!
Journaling allows me to empty my mind....📖
Photography allows me to create! 📸
Welcome to the randomness that lives within!
I always find the humor in life… when I find… moments; where my life… circles back…. and glimpses of myself…. imitate… my art! I can always find imprints, reflections, pieces of myself….. in every piece…. Sometimes!
From the inside looking out… it seems golden, shiny, and new… If your dare look just a little deeper… You just might see, the broken pieces, blended together, the fragmented shattered and torn binding together to hold in place and frame the Ray’s of light shining in…. It’s always about…. Perspective, you see! Just how closely are you truly…. watching? As the world… passes by… #momentsintime #feedmysoul #truth #faith #love #emptyyourmind #thestruggleisreal #jenz #jenzphelps #findingmybliss #livingmybestlife #overlookingmyflaws #lettinggoofthepast #followingmymoralcompass #seekinglifeslessons #gratitude #mindfulness
I wrapped up my first day working from home today. It is definitely a new world of online counseling!
As I navigate my way into this new area of life I cannot help but reflect on my own current state of life. Just an odd transition I find myself in!
My life has never been a traditional one by any means! Not that I ever wanted such… I have always walked to a different drum in life and I knew this. I have always chosen the harder path and I have accepted this! My burden, my cross to bare….
I always told myself… know the consequences, be ready to accept the outcome. I figured, if I could accept the worse possibility imagined, than I could handle the risk! Sounds foolish… but there has always been something inside of me that has always wondered… *what if* and always scared to *settle * for anything less than, what my heart truly seeks in life!
There are pros and cons to this you see…. pros being that, you are always evolving and growing pushing yourself to be your best self! Cons being: you never truly allow yourself to be comfortable with something long enough to know if it is truly something that you identify with! (At times) you can get so caught up in evolving and changing that you truly forget the most important part of life…
L.I.V.I.N.G…. or L.I.VI.N! (In the voice of Mathew McConaughey! )
Actually being present in the world around you!
I have worked hard to be self aware to know myself and who I am as a woman, as a mother, as a person of the world, as a nurse, a co-worker, counselor, as a daughter, sister, friend! Ect…..
I have given this thought…. how each role and title changes your identity and impacts and shapes our character and defines us as human beings.
I know my moral compass and my values and integrity! They are strong and a deep rooted part of who I am…
I sit back and look at life and reflect on my personal struggles and journey in this world. I weigh out my failures and how they have become the stepping stones to my successes. And I seek out the lessons in my flaws and short comings and I srarch for the humility, grace and understanding from the world….
I dare not overlook others because I know just how quickly one can fall and I know just how long one struggles…
I find as I age the less I actually know about life… The more humbling I become.
I can see through false pretense as easily as I look through a window glass… Yet; I still hope for the good in someone’s soul!
I want to believe, they are better than what they show me… I want them to see the good inside themselves, I can see!!!
Life is ever changing…. ever evolving!
Sometimes…. however; I just want the world to stop! Long enough…. For that someone…. to truly see me!
Mixed emotions….. about learning today my surgery has been canceled…. due to CVOID-19! Sorta relieved… I was dreading going in for surgery at the predicted peak hit of CVOID-19 to our local hospital…. but also…. sorta… conflicted… part of me as calm as I am was also anxiously ready to get this mass out, from inside me…. my doctor has no control over this… anymore than I do… I just have to keep faith! Everything will work itself out… as it should, in the end!
Perhaps this is a Blessing in disguise…. Time will tell…. #cvoid-19 #godstiming #kidneycancer #kidneytumors #feedmysoul #truth #faith #love #emptyyourmind #hope #truthbetold #lettinggo #jenz #jenzphelps
One of the best quotes I have seen…. something I tell clients daily is this! You won’t move on until you are ready! You won’t stop using or drinking until you are ready. You will live in the pain and try to mask it for as long as Society keeps pushing you to ignore it…. or… you can live in the pain…. embrace it…. till you are done with it… be hurt… be mad… get angry! Just never get stuck there!
Sometimes…. we ALL get stuck!
Sometimes…. we ALL need someone to pull us back into the Light!
Thank God, for those people!
But… never STAY… Living in the pain…..
Never… get lost to the pain!
Feel it for as long as you need to….
Then…. Remember….. Release it! Never hold on to it too tightly! It wasn’t meant to stay and linger…. That is where Hope and Love belong!
I have noticed that throughout life. The things we are allowed to have seem to not appeal to us. They are no longer shiny and new?
As soon as something or someone denies us…. we now become determined to master this thing! Or we find ourselves compelled to win its affections. I have done it myself, I see my clients do it daily!!! I have seen my friends and family do it. No one is without falling into this trap!
So why is that? Why are our brains wired this way? Why do we chase after the very things that reject us? That tear down our self worth? That do not validate the very essence of who we are?
We are born worthy! We are innately loved and worthy of recieving love in return…. each and everyone of us. Not one person truly stands out greater than another…. we are all truly on equal footing once you remove the flesh!
What compels us to seek out what rejected us?
Isn’t that THE Question?!! To most of lifes problems?
I have a theory….
That most of us….
Do not know what happiness truly looks like!
We have no real idea how to BE happy with ourselves, much less accepting of someone else’s acceptance of us.
So we run scared when we meet the very thing we so desperately crave! We never thought it truly existed. We are often in shock if we find it. Sometimes we do not even recognize it if we do.
We see it and we do not know what to do with it! So we turn and we run!
We hope it will fade or go away or work itself out. We put up walls and barriers to protect ourselves. We suddenly feel vulnerable….
This is a new, odd sensation for many!
We don’t trust it. So we run! We run from it because it must not be real. It. was too easy. We have been taught in life, things must be hard!
We go through our entire lives trying to make sense of the unknown…. trying to force connections. When we meet the real thing…
We freeze! We react poorly and we simply fail to believe in ourselves enough to believe we deserve such a gift in life!
So we settle… so often we settle for less then Everything we deserve!
This week has been a struggle to be honest…. physically! Mentally…. There is a shift in the air around me..and I can sense it, down to my very core!
My energy levels have been off! I don’t like this feeling…. of being tired and drained…. my mind… has a thousand things, going on at once…. This week… my body can’t seem to keep up!
It’s an odd sensation… feeling your body turn against you. Knowing there is a mass growing inside you… Trying to re-focus on life and other more vital things..
Life surely has such an odd timing….
Sometimes, I have to sit back and laugh.. I think.. I must have lived some crazy life in the past. To have warranted me this one. This particular journey. SURELY I am suppose to be learning some important life lessons that I must be forgetting!
We do not get the fairytales!
But then again… who wants that? How dull and mundane would that world be? I prefer life’s woes and Joy’s. Its hills and valleys… I want the storms and rains… along with the blue skies and sunny days…. I thrive on the diversity and mixture of emotions!
I want it all!
That has always been my problem….
I never want to give up….. anything!
So scared of being trapped… Trapped by my choices! That I always keep my options open…..
Sometimes the easiest way to see the change… is to strip away all the chaos. Sit alone in the dark, and listen to your inner voice! See the world with fresh eyes and perspective. Sometime, the easiest way to see the world… is in Black and White!
I can sit comfortably alone with my truths, my paths, my journeys and myself…. I know who I am and where I have been in this world. I know myself… I am evolving, ever learning and ever changing…. But I am always honest about where I am in life and what path and journey I am on!
I can own my TRUTHS…. Even when I do not like them…. For they simply are facts…. Stepping stones for me to build upon!
As the rain pours down tonight… Can you…? Reach within yourself…. And truly own…. The path you are on?
#randomphotoshelpbreakuptheday #streetphotography #photography #phototherapy #healing #progress For the first time in over 4 years I drove past his house on the way to work… I didn’t think of him! Worry about him! Wonder about him! There is such freedom in that! A peace from within my soul that never was there before…
Thanks to you! You will never truly, know… how much I value that. #respect #feedmysoul #truth #faith #friendship #momentsintime #healingjourney #unwindtherestlessmind #emptyyourmind #findingmyjoy #embraceyourself #thankyou
New Moon is reeking havoc on me! Bring back my balance! When will my life ever return to some state of balance?
I so do not understand… My heart was in a billion pieces. Those pieces burned like acid eating through my soul. The only thing, that seem to ease that pain… was you! The fact we were both in a similar place! That we could identify with; in that state of mind… among other things.
I was no longer alone…. I saw your pain… and I knew it! It was mirrored back at me…
That pain, didn’t seem to matter, as life progressed. That pain, could not hold a candle to the comfort you gave me. The friendship, I found in you…. The conversations, and interests we shared…
I started to forget about… HIM….
I started to forget, and my pain… each time you were around.
For the first time… in my life….
I no longer… saw: a life that could only be lived with… HIM!
I started, looking forward, to talking to you!
I wanted to learn more about… You!
That was not…. something, I had planned!
Back…. to dead silenece…….
I know…. that was, my doing…. BUT
I can admit….. I have grown dependent on our newfound friendship…..!
Yet… my mind, is still racing ….
My heart… is off kilter!
And there is a pause between us, that never existed before! And I hate that!!
And… there is NOTHING.. I can do!
Libra scales…. where is the balance in my life? What happened to my share of harmony, peace, love, and happiness? And sleep…. I am trying… I am trying to heal! Trying to let it go! Put it out of my mind…. But well, that is just not a easy thing to do! You left an impression.
Remember this! When you discover that your worth comes from within you! That you are the master of your own fate! That love comes from a seed planted innately within you from the start…. That all you ever had to do, was nurture that love within yourself! Then! You will let go of the pain, hurt, anger and self loathing that creates all the need to self destruct and self sabotage and self harm… you will thrive! You will rise up and meet life at the door every day! You will succeed at whatever goal you set before you. Because guess what! There is nothing in this world that can stop you! BUT you!!! Everything to succeed in life! Lies within YOU! It always has! You just forgot to look! Rise up! Open the box! Inside you.. And unlock what has always Been there! #jenz #jenzphelps #feedmysoul #beautifullybroken #rebuilt #truth #faith #love #emptyyourmind #hope #truthbetold
So I guess, my hiatus is over from writing…… I have been keeping things bottled up inside for too long. Not really true. I am if anything honest! I had my confidant, my best friend… I was able to write and unload to him… that stopped working, when life has a way of changing seasons….
I have. however, greatly enjoyed getting to know a friend better and all our new conversations! And I have never seen such the mirroring soul in someone before… I may have meet my universal kindred spirit in that friendship. I think it is Gods way of helping me not lose my mind! The universe’s way of keeping balance within these Libra scales!
I however, am still off kilter…. last Friday learning of my diagnosis being highly probable of renal carcinoma in my right, kidney; learning that the small mass that was found accidentally in November that; I thought would be monitored for a year. Had in fact, in 4 mouths doubled in size and now needs to come out surgically.
I was in a bit of shell shock last Friday…. I had some time to adjust. I realize, in the grand scheme of things, it could be worse! That I am lucky we have found it so early, and that they can remove it with just talk of a partial Nephrectomy. I do realize my blessings!!
Its still a lot to digest!
But… I had, done just that….
I did not expect, to start having pain!!! I have been having a warm, warming or burning sensation over my right kidney area. Prior to me knowing I had a mass. No pain just a warming sensation. It is the same kidney, I had stones in last year and had the stint in briefly.
Last night I started having pain with the warming and burning sensation near my right kidney area. It progressed throughout the night and into the morning.
It caught me off gaurd! I felt a sense of alarm and even panic to be honest… Fear… let’s be honest…. kidney stone pain… HURTS! That alone is traumatic and creates some PTSD of it’s own! As in hyper reactive or anticipated response to what the pain will be….
Then the REALITY of it all….. that I have a renal mass!! That I really might have cancer! Starts crashing down…. As I try and work through the pain and discomfort… it is getting no better! I start struggling with.not wanting to tell anyone about it! Not wanting to make a big deal over it… not wanting to seem weak or needy or vulnerable.
People say ask for help! But do they really mean it? Let’s be honest…. we all have busy lives! Most of us are doing good to manage our own lives daily and survive. Who wants to be a burden? Most people truly can’t see past their own problems. I am a nurse! A caregiver, a certified substance abuse counselor , a mental health professional…. guess what!? Most all of those titles dont initially think to inquire about someone’s well being outside of our own crisis… Because guess what?! We are human…!
If the man I loved for 4 years well let’s not bring that into this….. people just aren’t comfortable…. with the uncomfortable conversations!
You have to just know this and understand it….. realize that it is not a personal thing! That people in general love you, they do the very best they can and allow them the grace to do so!
We all have our battles to fight. Today… mine was pain! I called the Urologist… she was not sure why I was having the burning and warming sensation that has been a mystery to them…. Western medicine at least. I however…. did a bit of reading today….
I read up on kideny cancer and masses. I read up on partial Nephrectomy and treatments and pre surgery and post surgery and I also read up on the kidney. I learned a lot of fascinating things!
Turns out…. in Eastern medicine it is not uncommon to feel or experience a burning or warming sensation or pain over the kidney area when you are ill or have disease in that area. Because Eastern medicine the Kidney is a vital part of chi and flow or energy so when blocked you have a pooling or build up of that energy.
I also started feeling overwhelmed today… Everything has happened so quickly, so fast! My surgery is set for April 22nd 2020; and that was me pushing it back to then. Originally they were looking at possible March 27th! I needed more time….. I chose not to get a second opinion, because the mass doubled in size so fast in 4 months time. But after reading today… I do have some questions!
I have confidence in my doctor. But after reading about the surgeries types. I do have questions…. like how many of these have you done? How many have been performed using the robot? From I what have read, your doctor needs to be really well trained and have done a lot of surgeries on the robot to safely consider them for a partial Nephrectomy. If they have to do a full Nephrectomy, instead that a cardiothqlogist should be consulted as they have to stop your heart and place you temporarily on a bypass machine.
My Urologist mentioned the possibility of a full Nephrectomy but never the details of the latter…
This started out in my mind as a little simple surgery…. it is… but its NOT!
I am just having discomfort today and just tired! Thank God… I have a supportive boss! And work environment… She really encouraged me to stay home today. I needed that! Because I was going to push myself to work through the pain and go in.
I can’t help but keep thinking…. with everything in life I have overcome! There must be a purpose for this too! There has to be a reason!
I keep hearing in my head…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity.