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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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… […]

Show Me How Big Your Brave Is

SURVIVOR LOVE LETTER TO MYSELF. Dear Katie, You’re not broken or damaged, you are just a little bit bruised. Bruises heal. You are proof of it. You spent years going through hell with your mental illnesses, your self harming and your attempted suicides. The scars healed, and you lived. For some reason you were put […]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

I’m going to be honest with you. My eating disordered thoughts have reared their ugly heads in my life lately. I’ve been eating junk all winter, my thyroid has been wacky. I’ve gained some unwanted weight and my moods have been all over the place. I’ve felt so disgusted with myself. Trying to eat healthier […]

New Year, New Challenge. The Jar Challenge

It’s the new year and all we hear about are those New Years resolutions. Losing weight. New relationship. No chocolate. Going to bed earlier. Etc etc etc. I think those are great, especially if done for the right reasons. I do plan on shedding some weight and trying to eat better. And choosing other healthier […]

I Am Resilient 

I’ve been asked to participate in #thehellolovelyproject I have been thinking for awhile now and I am going with the word resilient to describe myself. It was the word given to me at my 8th grade graduation by my teacher. In simple words: life tends to knock me down, but like a Tigger I usually […]