I honestly believe that anyone who ends up in my space is meant to be here, no matter what ends up happening once you step inside. I’m pleased to meet you.
My name is Esmé; I am a writer. I work to make the world a less lonely, and more passionate, place. My business and life ethos are built around the line, Tell your story. Be your dream.
…as it applies to my belief in Radical Sincerity, and my mission to spread the ideas behind it.
…as it applies to the Chronicles, where I tell my stories, and with permission, the stories of others, about mental health and illness, compassion & care, and the writing life. When people ask me why I write, I tell them the story of the woman who wrote to me to say that she was contemplating suicide one night, spent the dark hours reading the Chronicles instead, and then decided that she was going to live. Some may call it a schizoaffective disorder blog, or a blog about coping with schizoaffective disorder, but I believe that it’s so much more than that — storytelling about surviving and thriving with serious, and chronic illnesses is both a balm and a call to action for everyone to live their best life, no matter the circumstance.
…as it applies to my brand story building & copywriting services, which are directed at purpose-driven entrepreneurs — visionaries who, as I do, dream of changing the world, and need to tell that story in a a way that gets folks knocking at their door.
…and finally, as it applies to my Rawness of Remembering: Restorative Journaling Through Difficult Times course — a six-week journey in which I bring you through the act of moving from coping to thriving.
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I was born in a small Michigan town to two Taiwanese immigrants before being shuttled off to California. My father drove ahead of my mother and me. In his broke-down car he forgot about the tea eggs that my mother prepared for him. She’d put them beneath his seat in a bag and they went bad, smelled foul. While we waited to meet him there, my mother and I lived in a rented room and shared Whoppers every day. So now neither of us eat Whoppers.
Later I went to schools that some would call prestigious, but even though I met my husband at Yale, and have some fond memories of sneaking into lecture halls in the middle of the night to watch 1960s French films, those college years were also when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had immediately moved cross-country without a treatment plan, and had no idea how to take care of myself as a person with said disorder. Eventually I was hospitalized, to some degree or another, repeatedly up until 2012, although I did manage to succeed in getting both a BA and an MFA. And so I write about mental illness and health here, and consider myself to be a mental health advocate.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia; my diagnosis of bipolar disorder was also changed to that of schizoaffective disorder. (I tend to explain it as a marriage of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.) I’m a member of a speakers’ bureau for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and will soon be traveling around the city, talking about my experiences and hopefully raising awareness about an issue that’s truly rife with stigma. In the meantime, I’m also working to start a national movement regarding the way colleges and universities treat their students with mental illness.
First the mid-90′s zine community was very important to me, and then the young, female Internet community, which brought me to begin making personal websites in 1998 after being online (Prodigy, anyone?) since the early 90s. This young, female Internet community then turned into the LiveJournal community.
I write for a living. I read voraciously. My background is in literary fiction, which has given me a particular sort of snobbery — but also ensures that any copy I write for you will be both business-oriented and aesthetically driven. I was also a copyeditor for a time, so I know whether or not adjectival phrases should be hyphenated. You’re welcome.
The photographs on this site, unless stated otherwise, are taken by me with either a Polaroid SX-70, Canon 5D Mark II, or my iPhone 5. My iPhone photographs are edited with the app VSCOCam.
I live in San Francisco with my husband, Chris, whom I began dating in 2001 and married in 2009. We live with our dear pup, Daphne, who joined our home in 2012.
I used to be known under a different name. This name was legally changed on September 29th, 2011.
Please also note that the header for this site was illustrated by the talented Natasha Thompson. The gorgeous webdesign, as well as the mailing list’s downloadable PDF, were created by Jo Klima of The Darling Tree.
I’d love to hear from you: email@example.com
Follow me on Twitter: @esmewang
I’m on Pinterest, collecting images of French ingenues, words of wisdom, dreamy studio spaces, and drawings of wolves: esmewwwang
And I share my daily snapshots on Instagram: esmewwang