What’s In A Name?

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

My name is Fenny and I am a 40-ish Dutch young lady :).

What’s in a name,  really?  I am certainly a Rambler and if I am Crazy…well,  that is for you to find out!

Whatever I have,  my moods do swing quite a bit and it can be a wild ride at times. Currently I am trying to get my diagnosis changed from Bipolar I to Cyclothemia, not because it bothers me to have either one or the other,  but insurances do.  So,  getting that out-of-the-way and up to date means I can sort out certain insurances (they are very concerned about suicide and stuff,  funny people eh?).  How I love bureaucrazy! Sigh.

I speak Dutch (duh…), English (double duh…), Russian (surprise!) and sarcasm fluently.  Just so you are warned 🙂 !

Since I started this blog I have written a fair amount about Bipolar Disorder and how I view it.  In short:  I do not want to be defined by any type of illness, disorder or what have you.  I am who I am, lock, stock and barrel!  Others may see me as ‘disordered’,  which might be true at times,  but my quest is to function no matter what mood or episode I am in.  Tom Wootton calls it ‘getting bipolar IN order’,  how I love that man as he not only talks the talk but walks the walk! I highly recommend his website and books.

I have been eating letters since I first learned to read.  Wherever I go I always collect books around me.  This could be defined as a serious illness… Go to the page  ‘Bookworm’ (see top of this page) where I collect links to book reviews.  I love psychology,  counseling and am a sucker for detectives and thrillers of any type. I read for BookSneeze as well as Partners in Crime.  This is my disclaimer: They provide me with books to read in exchange for my unadulterated, opinionated and honest review.  How is that?

Since I started a part-time voluntary job at the beginning of this year I have been a very erratic post-er.  It’s because Real Life is getting in the way and I am proud of it!  It means I am able to have a life outside my home,  which hasn’t been possible for several years.  I am still in the juggling game and a lot of the time I can barely keep up with it. BUT. It shows how far I have come and that never gets old!

Image credit: Neasa

Don’t be shy,  I love to hear from you!  Either through the comment section underneath my posts,  the ‘Contact Me’ page at the top of this page or by e-mailing me at thecrazyrambler @ gmail.com.  I promise you will always get a response!

Enjoy hanging around 😉

Peace and blessings,


A hotchpotch of posts:

Emotional intelligence & Bipolar disorder

How to help people with a mental illness

Are you a victim or a survivor?

If you wanna know more about me…

My bio:  A personal history of my Bipolar Disorder – part 1

My bio:  A personal history of my Bipolar Disorder – part 2

Living with bipolar traits is my normal life – part 1

Living with bipolar traits is my normal life – part 2

12 responses to “What’s In A Name?

  1. Mathilde Companjen

    Hi Fenny!

    I hope that you remember me from our visit to you in the Ukrain..
    I guess that we are on the same page in many ways… Let’s start talking again about what really excites us to reach out to men and women at risk!
    Modern slavery has become such a big issue, but also the number of people who want to invest their lives for this cause has grown! Just curious where about you live these days…

    • fffenny

      Mathilde, natuurlijk herinner ik jullie bezoek!!! Het was so timely. Zo leuk dat je een berichtje achter laat. Heb vandaag met Barth gesproken, gets me all excited!!! Ik bel je nog!!!

      • Me hubiera encantado ver esta nota pero se ve que sólo en argentina se puede tener ese privilegio; imposible reproducir cualquier video de Te0elé&#823f;si pudieran hacer un resumen por lo menos para los que vivimos afuera…una lástima.

  2. I believe it’s possible to put the BP disorder in order. I would say I did it, with a lot of super healthy eating, and tons of reading. I love anything psychology as well, got piles of books in my house. I am from Russia, so I guess we can speak two of the same languages.

  3. Vot eto, da!!! Interesno! Khotelos bi po Russkiy govorit, bilo bi prekolno 🙂
    I love to speak Russian…
    Glad you are a fellow-believer that a diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of a journey to wellbeing. Whatever form that may be, as it will be differnt for each of us. So glad to hear you got it in order – that’s been a lot of hard work! Good for you, Tatianna!
    I like the way you have set up your site – very creative and different. You go girl!!

  4. Hi, Fenny!

    I’m about a month behind in catching up on my internet stuff (and blogging too!), and I’m so sorry that I’m just getting back to you now! I first want to thank you for your very kind words on my blog a few weeks ago. You made me feel so special – gave me that smile that starts deep down and stays for a while. I have been reading more around your site and have so many things I would like to talk to you about (especially because the history of my family and mental illness is a complicated and tempestuous one–one which can’t be described in a single comment), but I’m at work right now and duty calls. I will be around more, and I will definitely be back here, but before I go I want to say this: I love your blog and your heart – not just to share of yourself, but to share with and help others. I love your sense of humor (visible even in the hard times) and how you think about and research your posts, and I want to know you better. I can relate to so many of the things you write about (getting rid of the shoulds! especially with blogging! and mindfulness and oh, so many other things), and I want to know you better.

    Though I have to run now, I’m subscribing to your blog, so you’ll hear from me again soon!
    hugs to a new friend,

    • Sharone ~bless you! That is a real pick-me-up comment for me!
      Please, write, I’d love that! You can use the Çontact-me’ page at the top, so it’s more private and you can write as much as you like. I always respond. Looking forward to hearing more from you 🙂

    • Ik ben al weer een week bezig met heel veel persen, nu ik via jou de Versapers heb aafnsechagt. Ik ben deze week aan het mild detoxen en ga met je meedoen met je 60 dagen. Inspirerend! Maar ik maak er 30 dagen van, anders zakken al mijn broeken van de bips!Good luck, good for you!!

  5. jllopez1006

    Congrats, Fenny! I just nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award.:)

    Here is the link announcing it: http://livesimplylivethriftylivesavvy.com/2011/12/24/i-got-my-christmas-gift-the-versatile-blogger-award/ .

    Thanks for being inspiring, and make sure to pass the award along to your favorite blogs!

    • Thank you for this honor!!! I will pass it on 🙂

    • You already know thus coinbderasly in the case of this subject, produced me for my part consider it from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. Always handle it up!

    • So good to see you are back and blogging. This looks very cool, but I always thought of it as a caterpillar for some reason as opposed to a snail. It really is mind boggling how much work of how many cooks goes into a dinner service at a place like Alinea on a daily basis. The latest dish I made from the book was relatively simple, “Turbot (halibut really), Shellfish, water chestnuts…and no hyacinth”. Looking forward to more posts.

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