Since 2011, The Fancy Delight was just a space for personal musings, travel logs, and shameful party photos. At some point, it became an avenue for sharing cheesy stories about my ex (needless to say, they’ve all been deleted. #sorrynotsorry).
Today, it has a spruced up look and a whole new purpose: to delight the soul with meaningful stories.
The beauty in life lies in transformation; a bud blooms into a rose. A flower transcends into a garden. Sunrises eventually turn to breathtaking sunsets, and it’s never one and the same.
Navigating through the ups and downs of my early twenties is one thing. Being diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder at 23 years old is another. Allow me to re-introduce myself, as we most likely haven’t had a proper introduction. I am Nannie Flores, 25, a pseudo-mom to a 14-year-old boy. Both my parents recently passed away from advanced stages of cancer: my dad in December 2013, my mom in March 2016. I have an older sister who is a doctor, and she has four more years of training to become a neurologist. I am the sole breadwinner of my little family, and I have a day job to get by.
In essence, I am a writer, but I realize that some things never change: when I started this blog six years ago, I’ve been very hesitant to call myself one. Things are pretty much the same now, but maybe I just developed more grit. I’ve been writing freelance since early this year, and it’s been nothing short of therapeutic. I’m not gonna lie — writing is no joke. But I find a sense of fulfillment in meeting deadlines and seeing my works published and read by family and friends. It’s also my way of managing and making sense of my seemingly senseless manic and depressive episodes. When I write, I feel in control.
The Fancy Delight is meant to stop the stigma on mental health, especially in the Philippines where there is a lack of education on mental illnesses, suicide, substance abuse, and addiction.
Join me in my journey to wellness, through good days and bad days. I’ll be touching on different topics from psych medications, choosing doctors, stress management, and even weight gain from depression, among many others. Of course, there will be the occasional posts on travel, books, and food — three of my favorite things.
So sit back, relax, and have your slice of The Fancy Delight.