The Importance of Sharing My Story

The Importance of Sharing My Story

Being Vulnerable Bearing witness is sharing the parts of ourselves that we have hidden from the rest of the world. I survived by hiding myself, my pain, and my abuse.  As I walk this path, I realize how important it is to continue sharing my story. To bring...
Awareness Happens When We Bear Witness

Awareness Happens When We Bear Witness

I wrote about The Importance of Bearing Witness on December 22, 2020. Which now feels like a million years ago. Many things have changed in two years, but not my thoughts on how important it is for us to share our stories and to listen to the stories of others. ...
It’s April! Be Aware of Alcohol

It’s April! Be Aware of Alcohol

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Who knew? Not me. I am very aware of alcohol. Probably too aware of alcohol. Since I was thirteen years old, I have been aware of alcohol and realized that alcohol would take away my pain. And make me able to talk to people. Side...
Spring is the Time

Spring is the Time

I was spiraling this past weekend as I wrote in Depression Spiral into Darkness. I went out hiking instead of the many things that my brain was telling me to do. It’s springtime here in the south. The forest is beginning to come alive. The vibrant colors of spring are...
Depression Spiral into Darkness

Depression Spiral into Darkness

I have been pondering how best to write what I am about to write. It is never easy to sit within the darkness of one’s mind, which in this situation is my mind. I don’t like it, this darkness. I never realized how dark my mind could be until it wasn’t for a while. It...
Preserving the Self

Preserving the Self

When did that happen, I wonder? That other’s thoughts intruded and became more significant than mine? That the entire world became a dangerous place to be on the lookout for any possible threat? Somehow, there is wrongness with who I am and what I am doing? It...
Tethered to the Old Thoughts

Tethered to the Old Thoughts

This piece I wrote in September 2021 during our RV adventures. We were in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara, CA. No cell service, no nothing. It was an interestingly isolating experience. And hubs was traveling for two weeks during that time. So I ended up living...
Reworking Life’s Puzzle Pieces

Reworking Life’s Puzzle Pieces

Life’s Puzzle Pieces Every human being is born with a foundation (biological, genetic, neurological, etc.) of who they will be as they grow. It’s like we are a vessel that contains the pieces to the puzzle that will be our life. Our life experiences...
The Reality of Narcissistic Parents

The Reality of Narcissistic Parents

        I am working hard (in partnership with what I now call my “heal the dream” team, therapist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, etc.) to figure myself out. However, the wounds I have are deep, and there are times that I am tired of...
Lost to the Darkness

Lost to the Darkness

Back to the Grind I am trying hard to go back to what I was initially writing and drawing for this week’s posts. I can’t. I am still thinking about L. A person that I have not spoken to in almost thirty years. And though I spent a lot of time hanging out with her back...
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