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 … Continue reading Self Care – A Few Of My Favorite Things
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 … Continue reading Happiness is a Journey Not a Destination
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. … Continue reading There is a Time For Everything
Or maybe I was just a girl...Interrupted. Possible Trigger Warning Lately, I've wanted to write more about my experience with Borderline Personality Disorder, how it almost killed me and how I was able to find help and start a new life. Even as someone who has been in "remission" for quite some time this … Continue reading Confessions Of a Recovered Borderline
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
Today I want to talk about kindness. We never know what someone is going through and instead of tearing each other down with words of violence, and other means of hatred, let's remember to put a little love in our hearts. The world has so much pain and suffering already, it doesn't have enough love. … Continue reading Be Kind – Everyone is Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About
In a world that is almost fully driven by technology, we are lacking the best companionship of all ---human face-to-face contact. I'm guilty of having my phone attached to me 24/7, posting useless stuff to my social media accounts. I also like my DVDs, Netflix and Lifetime movies more than I should. I find myself … Continue reading We Need Less Technology & More Human Contact
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, … Continue reading Speak Out: Annie’s Story
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
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
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!
I never knew what it was like before to have an advocate. I do advocate work but it's a whole different ballgame for me to accept that I also need an advocate by my side. Listening to me, cheering me on, and just being a great addition to my team.