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WOOT! Sound The Bells

written by M.E. Evans January 30, 2017

So, after a turbulent three-month battle with depression and anxiety, the clouds have parted, and I’m feeling GREAT. The meditation, vitamins, therapy, and very low dose of Gabapentin have been feeling more or less back to myself. Which is annoying for Francesco because he’s like, “Oh My GOD! How do you have so much energy in the morning?” And I’m like, “Shh, Franny, I’m over here writing the mayor (again) about some shit that I think we need to change.

Also, I’d like to take this moment to thank my doctors. You guys, I have an incredible therapist and psychiatrist. And also, I’ll never be skeptical of meditation again. THAT SHIT WORKS. I use an app called Headspace for ten minutes in the morning before I get my lazy ass out of bed. Seriously, try it. It’s totally not just for hippies. Also, I’m reading a book right now that my therapist recommended called, The Body Keeps The Score. Really good, kind of intense, but incredibly interesting. Have any of you read it?

In other news, I’m on my way back to Italy to do some pretty epic things. I’m hoping to hook up with some of my old blogging pals (Girl In Florence, anyone?) and be AWESOME TOGETHER. In other, other news: Oliver crapped himself the other day and F and I got into a HUGE fight because I wasn’t holding him “the right way,” over the sink. I’m sorry, FRANCESCO, but what’s the RIGHT WAY TO HOLD  A SHIT STAINED POODLE? And how do you have so much experience in this area that you’re somehow an expert? Seriously, I want to know. WE ALL WANT TO KNOW.

Things you can look out for in the future from me:

  • The site is getting a pretty badass overhaul in a minute and I have a SURPRISE FOR ALL OF YOU THAT YOU WILL LOVE.
  • More cooking videos from me and F that actually look professional and do not appear to be filmed by crack heads.
  • A travel coffee table book of images I took in Italy along with tour information and anecdotes. I promise it will be funny and not at all stuffy.
  • More shit from Dwayne. ONE DAY! ONE. DAY.
  • MY MOTHER F#$&ING BOOK! I’m sorry, I get a ton of emails about this but it took me much longer to write it than I ever anticipated. It was hard, guys. Really hard.
  • Tons more blog posts and travel stuff! I’m filling up my editorial calendar and you’ll finally be seeing regular posts from me.
  • A new blog! Well, many of you already read my other blog but that’s getting an overhaul, too. It will be about my day-to-day life, travel, eco travel, and eco beauty. I think that some of you will be pretty into it. Now, I just need a new name. Ideas, anyone?

Also, I love you guys. Thanks for being patient. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see in the comments below and I’ll make sure to cover it!

Tanti Baci.





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Marina January 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

Yay, your post just made me smile a lot and this week I could do with some smiles. Go you honey, that is all great news, bloody fantastico xxx

orna2013 January 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing all your news. Be well. 🙂

Linda Bailey Zimmerman January 30, 2017 at 11:31 am

First off…👏👏🏼👏🏼👏🏾….so happy you got fabulous help with your depression!!

I don’t know how I got so far behind…# 1. Where are you living, I thought you lived in Italy?
# 2 What is the name if your other blog?

Lisa J January 30, 2017 at 11:37 am

Hi, I know this doesn’t have anything to do with Italy, but it’s the part of depression, anxiety and then the roller coaster goes to the top and then it’s hopefully happy. When I read your blog , I connected with that. I just want to say thanks for your bravery in writing it.

jannplacentia January 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

I love reading your blog! My retired husband and I (an interior designer) are planning a sabbatical in Florence as soon as we sell our Seattle home. Once we get to Florence, I’m looking forward to meeting other Americans – in fact, I tried to meet Georgette when we were there last March, but it didn’t work out.

I have a quick question tho: my 29 yr old son also deals with anxiety/depression. I wonder if you would ever share the vitamins you mentioned and what a very low dose of Gabapentin is? I’ve convinced him to meditate but I’ll pass on the app recommendation.

I look forward to your next post! And Grazie!!!

M.E. Evans January 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm

That sounds wonderful! You guys will have an incredible time! Very excited for you! Sure love, I would advise him to see a holistic psychiatrist because the stuff that I was low in might be different for him. They’ll run labs and go from there. Just have him google “holistic psychiatrist.” I’m currently on a B complex, a cortisol support complex, Vitamin E, D3, C, Omega 3, aaaaaand I think that’s it. I take the Gaba once in the morning and once at night 300 mg. My Dr. told me I can take it up to 5 times per day but with the therapy and the meditation I haven’t needed to do that. I have had no side effects and cannot even tell I’m on anything. And, I should note, I HATE PILLS. When she prescribed them it took me 2 weeks to get up the courage to take them. My psychiatrist also doesn’t like medication. She says that it should generally supplement the other things i’m doing but shouldn’t be seen as “the fix.” I think that for me finding a good therapist was key. Self talk, meditation, affirmations, and fighting really hard (which is work when you’re tired, and feel like you’re going insane). My heart goes out to your son. I hope he finds someone who can help him to feel better. I feel his struggle and I know how hard it is. Tanti Baci!

Giovanna July 31, 2017 at 9:17 am

I recently stumbled upon your blog, after searching about depression and expats abroad. While you have offered good advice to those who are struggling, I think it’s negligent and dangerous to post that your psychiatrist doesn’t recommend “pills” and “shouldn’t be seen as the fix.” For many people who suffer from debilitating depressions or serious illnesses, those “pills” — medication — have been a heaven sent. There are people who do not recover as quickly as you did and continue to struggle and need the added help of pharmaceuticals. Yes, kudos it’s courageous to speak up about your experience abroad and your recovery from depression but perhaps should come with a disclaimer. Buona fortuna!

M.E. Evans July 31, 2017 at 10:09 am

He’ll love, I actually say in this post that I’m on a low dose of gabapentin, which IS medication. What I was getting at with my psychiatrist is that she believes believes in holistic healing, meaning, that JUST medication isn’t going to fix the problem long term. Many doctors hand out prescriptions but don’t recommend that people see a therapist, improve their diet, work out, meditate. My doctor isn’t anti meds (and neither am I) but she does believe that meds should be part of the treatment, not the entire treatment. Which I agree with.

M.E. Evans July 31, 2017 at 10:14 am

And in my Post Italy Gave Me PTSD I wrote, “Supplements. Again, I have a holistic psychiatrist so she’s super big on supplements and health before medication. But, if medication is necessary, don’t be scared. It can be life-saving.” So please, thoroughly read the posts before accusing me of being negligent and harmful.

M.E. Evans July 31, 2017 at 10:22 am

I also wrote in the comment above that I’m on gabapentin. A medication. But that it’s PART of the fix, but not the entire solution itself. And it shouldn’t be. Handing out Xanax to “fix,” anxiety is irresponsible. However, using it as part of treatment is necessary for a lot of people. Like me. I use gaba in conjunction with everything else I do. Without the therapy, etc, the moment I came off the gaba I’d be at square one again, which is what happens to most of us when we don’t have a doctor who isn’t thinking about healing in the long run.

Angela January 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Excited to see all that you have in the works!

Yvonne January 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

What a lovely, optimistic post!

Kes January 30, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Im so happy you’re feeling better and enjoying life with expectancy and joy!

Thanks for sharing what you went through. There are so many people who need encouragement and a sound voice to help them understand that they are not alone and that mental health is important to us all.

You’re awesome! I truly enjoy your writing, ranting, honesty and flair. Looking forward to what’s next for you :-).

Susan Lasssiter January 30, 2017 at 10:52 pm

Congratulations, i’my glad that it is all coming together for you!

Marie Therese January 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

So glad to read that you’re feeling better! I missed your posts, so I’m over the moon excited about all the cool things coming. ESPECIALLY your book!!

venus albert January 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

I really missed you and glad you are feeling better. Looking forward in reading your posts. PS you are the only one I follow. I guess it is because my mother moved to America when she was 15 from Italy..Bari . My Nona moved here as well and never spoke a lick of English, boy that was fun… umm no. But your posts remind me of growing up and my crazy American-Italian family and my Italy-Italian family (did that make sense)? Also I love your humor. I can relate to so much of what you go through Italians can be a bit dramatic . Ha! understatement! I usually go visit family every 2-3 years and going back there with my best friend at the end of September . We want to go on a wine tasting tour in the Chianti region (Yum Wine!) I don’t know if I should book a regular tour like from our hotel or research it, I always free style travel but want to try lots of wines. ( oh-boy) anything you can recommend would be appreciated. I can’t wait till your book comes out. you totally rock out girl!

Kate February 1, 2017 at 7:48 am

I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling so much better. I read through your entire other site too, I LOVED hearing all of your stories and look forward to more new writing. Enjoy your much deserved fun trip!!

Sabine February 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

I’m really happy for you that you feel better! And I’m also very interested in your tips. The meditation app sounds very interesting and I tried to look it up. But “headspace” was not a meditation app, but some mind-mapping app. Or did I get something wrong?
The book I checked out and it is really interesting!
Thanks! S.

bonniegm February 3, 2017 at 12:35 am

Benvenuta a tornare!!! You have been missed and hopefully can feel the love pouring in your direction. 🙂

Bill On The Fylde February 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I found this post so uplifting I went straight to Spotify and played The Blue Oyster Cult’s classic; Godzilla!

Kearney Lykins February 7, 2017 at 6:42 pm

You sound ready to burst and I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of what you burst! Also, trying hard not to mix metaphors.

Gerard February 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Good on you!

yogamom February 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I checked in today and so happy to hear that you are feeling better and have come thru what sounded like a really rough patch. I always enjoy your blog and appreciate your honest, humor and passion for life.

Gerard February 18, 2017 at 2:16 am

Thankfull you’re feeling better. I’m still getting to grips with Italy and your blog is one of the few that works for me. Don’t ever give up!

Trolley Dolly February 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

I just wanted to let you know that I adore your blog and find you an inspiration! I’m an Aussie flight attendant who is lucky enough to fly to Italy a few times every month. The more I visit, the more I fall in love with Italy. You have inspired me to go ahead and start taking Italian lessons and really follow my dream of moving there one day. Keep up the great work! SO glad to hear you are feeling better!

The Honourable Husband May 26, 2017 at 5:19 am

Misty, haven’t caught up with your blog for a long time, and have been absorbed in your news.

I’m especially curious about your experiences with Gabapentin—an extremely safe drug, I understand. Does it not help you sleep?

And are you and your sexy husband on the way back to Europe?

Stay awesome, and swear lots more.

The Honourable Husband

M.E. Evans May 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Ahoy friend! I’m so glad to see you’re still around! Yes, in Italy now. Gabapentin basically washes my anxiety away with no noticeable side effects. I don’t even notice when it starts to work. One min I’ll be anxious and the next I am not. But I don’t feel drugged our weird. And I just take it as needed. Some days or weeks I don’t need it at all. Sometimes I take it daily or twice daily. Swearing I can do! Among my favorite activities. I’ve been writing a ton of new posts but not publishing them yet. This week the site will go down for a little bit for a makeover. I’m going to make her sexy AF! Stay tuned! And I’ll try to stay awesome. And soberish. But mostly not. 😉


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