One Woman's Story:Her Story Part 3

One woman's storydoes not always end when she departs. An aftermath ofa lost self, a broken heart, grief for the loss of what could have been, crushes her spirit. She battles demons most do not understand.It is then she realizes, the leaving was hard and frightening...the harder part was putting herself together again. Here are some more pieces to Her Story.  ...more

Open Letter for Relapse

Open Letter to a Friend (or anyone who may need it) ...more

DV: Her Story Part Two

Here is Part Two of Her Story. Moments of strength can appear even in the midst of struggle. Living in a DV environment is a roller coaster of up and down, of feeling weak and sometimes brave but mostly worn down and exhausted. Self- esteem has been stripped down to the bones and fear rules most days and nights. But at some point, sometimes, with the help of those that love her, she can slowly start to discover her inner strengths and change the life she has lived. It does not happen easily or overnight....more

DV: One Woman's Story Part 1

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Here is one woman's story told in a way that is helping her process all that she has been through. A relationship that went for over 15 years and the secrets were kept behind the closed doors. Please be forewarned some of the story is not pretty and may be triggering. Remember it is her story to tell and it isn't complete.   ...more

Open Conversation on Depression

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” – Robin Williams...more

Handwritten Note for You

Play the Game! What If?

The greatest gift of our imagination is the ability to play what if....more

10 Reasons for Adults to PLAY!

1) It gives your brain a chance to rest. Our brains are very busy places; playing lets it wander in a different direction for while. 2) Temporarily shuts up our internal critic/editor that often interferes with questions of worthiness, ability, etc. 3) Social play, such a game nights or group sports improve social skills and help us feel connected to our community and world. 4) A mental health reboot. Not from having a mental illness but play often leads to feelings that make us feel good, even when we don’t think we can. ...more

The 20 List: Fall Bucket List

October is here, so it’s time for me to create a Fall bucket list of things to do on my own and with my children. I like 20 as a goal, a nice round number and averaged with November that gives me 10 things to do each month. Just enough not to be overwhelmed but add some fun to the usual routine of life. 1) Make a Homemade Apple Pie. I am 41 years old and have never made a homemade apple pie. So this year, I am going to be brave enough to try it, including the crust, which I have heard is the hard part. ...more

Follow the Winding Road

Take the long and winding road through the green hills to my houseCome sit on my porch with me, I’ll make you lemonade and you can hold myhandI like the way we sit together…sitting here counting starsTell me what it will be like…growing old with youTake the long and winding road through hills giving way to housesCome sit with me on the porch under the blanket I made for youWe can count our children and grandchildren on all four handsI have loved growing old with youI love the way we fit, sitting here, counting stars forever...more