Get Happy: Self Care After Being Sexually Abused

Get Happy. My new Bath and Body Works Lotion and Body Spray set. Even nearly 9 years later I am still learning how to love my body after it betrayed me. I'm slowly realizing that it wasn't my body that betrayed me but my abuser. I'm slowly learning to love my body just the way … Continue reading Get Happy: Self Care After Being Sexually Abused

Survivor Love Letter

Dear Survivor, You are so incredibly brave. It takes great courage to get out of bed each morning and try to make the most of each day. Some days are hard, you may not even want to get out of bed and if you aren't able to, that's ok. You are still so brave and … Continue reading Survivor Love Letter

2017 Year In Review

As I get ready to bid 2017 farewell and say hello to 2018 I wanted to write a year in review blog post. I am going to be sharing some pictures from through-out the year. 2017 was a year of struggles, growth, healing, new found strength, loss and finding out who I am and where I want to be in life. Here is to more growth and healing in 2018.  ♥Katie Butterfly

Welcome To Hell – Life With Mental Health Issues

I wanted to write a blog post on what it’s like to live with multiple mental health issues. Please note: could possibly trigger. Please read with caution. Welcome to hell. I was introduced to this hell as a 14 year old. I literally fought for my life though, depression, anxiety, suicide attempts etc and I … Continue reading Welcome To Hell – Life With Mental Health Issues

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas time is here! Jeff and I had a great Thanksgiving. I made Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time. It wasn't much, but to me it was everything. I'm very proud of my accomplishment, however small it may be. Then we watched Home Alone. That just happens to be my favorite Christmas movie! We also … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Open Letter to my Attacker

Trigger Warning. I found this open letter that I had written 4 years ago when I first started dealing with my nightmare. I found it to be so raw and empowering and wanted to share it! _____________ My hopes in writing this letter is to let go of the pain, get my feelings out and … Continue reading Open Letter to my Attacker

Fearlessness – Out With The Old, In With The New

Fear•less•ness• "Being fearless means busting down those walls of fear and being who you are, not who someone else thinks you are. People like to put others in a box and tell them what they can and cannot do or who they can and cannot be. No one can tell you who you are and … Continue reading Fearlessness – Out With The Old, In With The New

It’s Time For A Wilderness Re-Charge

"Wilderness - where humans are visitors that do not remain." Next week I'll be back in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for our annual family camping trip. I am in need of a full re-charge and the Wilderness + Lake Superior + Family should be the perfect thing. I get so attached to my … Continue reading It’s Time For A Wilderness Re-Charge

I Survived Mental Illness and Abuse

Depression. Anxiety. Self-harm. Not knowing if you want to live or die. Afraid to speak up because people don’t understand. This invisible illness is very real indeed. It may be invisible to the blind eye but to those who suffer with it or have family or friends that deal with it, it is a very … Continue reading I Survived Mental Illness and Abuse

Farewell ODC, It’s Been A Journey

Yesterday it was decided that in just a couple months I'll be weaned off having any job coaches at all. I will be getting kicked out of ODC's supported employment services, or as I like to call it graduating and being back to working on my own. It's pretty bittersweet, but this was just the … Continue reading Farewell ODC, It’s Been A Journey

A Shelter in The Time Of Storm

I hear these words and in my mind I hear the hymn we used to sing in church. It also reminds me of The Family Center that has helped give me a voice. And I am reminded that I am never ever alone. Jesus is my Shelter in the Time of Storm. He has been … Continue reading A Shelter in The Time Of Storm

Katie Butterfly Is – Words From My Advocate

I created a special box to put self care items in, or things to make me smile and remember how great I'm doing. My advocate had a few words to describe me and I wanted to share them with you. And apparently I am very determined because she listed it twice. ♥ Katie Butterfly is… … Continue reading Katie Butterfly Is – Words From My Advocate

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