Reading Time: 4 minutes “Let me first say that I get how triggered some people may feel reading this. Please hear me out. I speak from experience…from a personal, vulnerable place that I am choosing to share with you, because I believe it can help. From addicts to the people who love them, my heart is with everyone touched […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes We have crossed the threshold to a new year. Many people like to mark the new year’s beginning by setting resolutions. Others set intentions. Perhaps there’s less guilt in breaking an intention than the more rigid-sounding resolution? Either way, I’ve tried both. Neither of them had any bearing on how I went through my year. […]

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A spray-paint canvas featuring a female skeleton.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Toxic is a term that gets thrown around a lot. This person is toxic. I just ended a toxic relationship. Our government is toxic. While these may be apt descriptions, its overuse is desensitizing and devaluing the full weight of its meaning. Think about it this way: our physical bodies are presented with toxins daily. […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Between work, family, friends and our homes we tend to find very little “Me” time. Often it seems the days will simply become one big blur as we progress activity to chore without once stopping to rest or enjoy life. The problem is that as humans we want to belong, we want to feel needed […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes To my readers, This blog is dedicated to the adult survivors of childhood abuse. The ones struggling every day to make sense of what they went through. The children who never had a voice, hurt by the ones who should have loved and protected them the most. Although no two stories will be the same, […]

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A collage of a woman atop a rock holding her head, distressed a bit, with a solar eclipse behind her.

Reading Time: 9 minutes “You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflower. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a […]

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An abstract painting of three identical faces fused together - life past, present, future.

Reading Time: 5 minutes How can we be more content with mistakes we made in the past? How can we stop our present from being affected by them? How can we have a flourishing and fulfilling future despite self-deprecating memories? I’m going to talk about five different ways, or perspectives, you can integrate into your daily life that will […]

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An abstract painting of an contemplative woman's face.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Nine years ago I was committed to a psychiatric hospital for the first time and diagnosed: Bipolar Type I. I was 29 years old, had led a highly successful life regardless of my impulses and lack of self-care. I had a large community of friends, in various groups of co-workers, social clubs and barflies. Until the […]

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A portrait of a face that falls somewhere between cubist and impressionist.

Reading Time: 5 minutes You aren’t going to want to hear this. You’re headstrong, stubborn, independent and determined. These are all qualities which will be useful later in life, but—you should hear me out. I write this because I know what happens next. I know what you were forced to do, how you suffered then and for so many […]

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Am impressionist painting of a woman;.

Reading Time: 6 minutes I am sure many people can relate to the symptoms and causes of depression and PTSD. I have been living with depression most of my life and have been in denial up until recent years. The PTSD has only just been recognized in the past year—back in the 70’s/80’s it wasn’t a common diagnosis among […]

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