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 […]

Speak Out: Annie’s Story

My name is Annie. I’ve been wanting to share my story for a while but have always been scared. I grew up in a stable home. Two parents and an older brother. Things were good in my house until my brother went to college, I was in 7th grade. He attended University of Southern California, […]

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 […]

Love Conquers All – My Story

Jeff and I have been together as a couple for about 8 wonderful years. Where I thought my life had ended (or needed to end) this guy helped me realize that I could lay the bad to rest and that love was the answer. We have been officially “married” for almost two years now! With many more years ahead!

Self Care and Feeling Sexy After Rape

I’m telling myself that I am capable of love, of loving and being loved in return. I am capable of being sexy and not feeling dirty. I am capable of all good things. I am Katie Butterfly and I deserve all good things.

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 […]

I Can Thrive Because Video

April started Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I have been working on a video project. I am so very excited to share the final product with you. Watching it and putting it together has been so empowering for me and I hope it can be for you too! I and other survivors of abuse wanted […]