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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Speak Out: RafLovesLiv’s Story

Trigger warning. In the light of the #MeToo campaign and October 18ths SVU episode, this has been a massively stressful week for me. A lot of feelings came back, old memories and things I’ve tried to forget or thought were behind me….suddenly it’s like I was living it again. All of those feelings and emotions […]

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 […]

Porcupine Mountains 2017 Trip

Life happened and the trip didn’t go quite exactly as planned. The night before I came down with a sore throat and it became a bad head cold that I’m still fighting off. I spent most of the trip laying down but I did try to make the most of it and even though I […]

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 […]

Self Care – A Few Of My Favorite Things

It’s getting to be that time of year again when the weather gets dark and cold, the snow starts flying and I start to feel a bit more depressed. I’ve been trying to think up new self care ideas and I came acrossed old blog posts that had some great ones. I hope maybe some […]

Happiness is a Journey Not a Destination

Happiness (and recovery) is a journey, not a destination. I’m not looking for a certain destination. I’m just trying to be the better Katie than I was yesterday. I say “Go forth and be the best YOU that you can be.” Choosing happiness isn’t always easy. It’s so easy to get sucked into the negatives […]

There is a Time For Everything

To everything there is a season. It’s my time for LIFE. My time to be REBORN. My time to HEAL. My time to BUILD on my life. My time to LAUGH. My time to DANCE. My time to THROW OUT the old. My time to HUG and embrace life and all the special people I know. […]