Mark’s Journey – 2016 Year End Update

As the year draws to a close I created a quick vlog entry to talk about how things are going. It’s been a tough year, but I’m looking forward to the new year and I’m trying to reflect on some of the positive outcomes that took place in 2016.

I hope you all have a happy and wonderful new year!

Pep Talk For Democrats and Hillary Clinton Voters

Here’s a pep talk for my fellow Democrats and Hillary Clinton voters.  I know Tuesday’s election was brutal.  I’ve felt depressed, angry, despair, anxious, and helpless just in the last few days.  I have tried to find any silver linings that I could and I wanted to share them with my fellow Democrats, Hillary voters, and anyone scared about Trump being our next president.  While things could be better, when we take a step back and look at the big picture, we are not as defeated as we may seem.  In fact, we’ve done quite a bit of winning…even winning more votes than the Republican candidate.

Mark’s Journey – Back Home (Again)

I’m officially back home.  It’s been a while since I’ve last posted an update so here’s a vlog post to provide some context around my decision to come home and what I’ve been up to since I’ve been back.  I’m hoping to start posting more frequently now that I’m back home and have more access.  If you’re just tuning in, here is the link to my “Mark’s Journey” playlist on YouTube which chronicles my journey with Mental Health issues and the logistical struggles that come with trying to find proper care.

Two weeks in my new facility (a healing community)

Today marks my 14th day at a new facility, located on a 90+ acre farm in the mountains.  It’s a facility that is open for those struggling with mental health issues and refers to itself as a “healing community”.  As a resident I have access to my phone and occasional WiFi, but without a standard keyboard my messages are all being typed on my phone’s small onscreen keyboard.  With that said, I will be be doing more short video posts during my time here than text heavy posts.  Below are the two vlogs I’ve made so far while I’ve been here.  Thanks again to everyone for their support and warm wishes as I continue my journey!

What do you use for video editing?

I made a quick vlog post to ask your thoughts on Video Editing software.  I’ve had a channel on YouTube for a little while now and I’m curious if it’s time to invest in better software…or if I’m in a good place with what I have.  I use iMovie for pretty much everything, but my goal is to start taking better quality video (using a video camera rather than my phone, desktop, etc.).  That also brings me to my second question, should I consider upgrading to an external microphone?  Wanted to get your thoughts and see what opinions and/or experiences you might have.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thanks!

Mark’s Journey: Trapped – Six days in a bad Mental Health facility

Been out of pocket for a couple weeks, unfortunately experiencing the dark side of a mental health facility.  I discuss the events and unbelievable activity that took place in my six days at the facility in a vlog post.  Everyone, stay strong, and know that getting treatment is still the best way to go…just be careful and make sure you find the right provider and/or facility!  Take care everyone!