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 […]

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 […]

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.