Baking Our Blues Away has strong meaning for me. Even though some days I can’t even decide on a recipe, I pull all the strength I have and I head to the kitchen to bake. Why? Because this movement is bigger than I am, it’s a community of like minded friends who understand the importance of reaching out.
Whether I bake for my family or I give to someone I know needs a pick-me-up, its the sense of purpose I’ve gained from BOBA that encourages me to keep going.
I’ve lived with mental illness since childhood, however I went undiagnosed for most of that time. That left many years of struggle and frustration, not understanding what was so wrong in my world. My family was often left in tatters due to my excessive mood swings and deep depressions. Diagnosis of Bipolar ll and anxiety bought understanding and medication, but doctors can only do so much. BOBA has offered support and encouragement, a human touch I can access as I need it. I don’t only bake on BOBA Day, I now use the idea of baking to give as a reason to pull through my low days.
Thank you to all of you who make Baking Our Blues Away such a wonderful community.