Winter Katie vs Summer Katie – How Seasonal Affective Disorder affects my life

I know I've talked about my different mental health issues but today I wanted to talk about my experience with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The nicer days we've had combined with the first day of Spring has me hopeful that the long, long winter months are almost gone. However, I don't just want Spring to … Continue reading Winter Katie vs Summer Katie – How Seasonal Affective Disorder affects my life

Survivor Love Letter

Dear Survivor, You are so incredibly brave. It takes great courage to get out of bed each morning and try to make the most of each day. Some days are hard, you may not even want to get out of bed and if you aren't able to, that's ok. You are still so brave and … Continue reading Survivor Love Letter

Why I Support The Family Center

When I first remembered that I had been raped, I told a few people that I had met online through the Law and Order: SVU fandom. That was when I first found my voice. I later told a few people in real life. My therapist, a co-worker and a few others. I must say I … Continue reading Why I Support The Family Center

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 … Continue reading Welcome To Hell – Life With Mental Health Issues

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 … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

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. … Continue reading There is a Time For Everything

Confessions Of a Recovered Borderline

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

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 … Continue reading I Survived Mental Illness and Abuse

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 … Continue reading A Shelter in The Time Of Storm

Interview with Felicia Johnson Author of Her

I was inspired by this incredible book called "Her" that I had picked up at the library and I recently was given the chance to do an online interview with the author Felicia Johnson. I am going to share that with you along with a couple links to look up this great book yourself. Q: … Continue reading Interview with Felicia Johnson Author of Her

Don’t Judge A Book By The Cover

As a library worker this title seemed fitting. I'm just writing this as a reminder for us all. Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover, but only sometimes. Take a look at me. For the most time I seem like a bouncy person. Taking selfies, socializing, writing my blog and generally being a … Continue reading Don’t Judge A Book By The Cover

My Past Does Not Define Me

Yes, I am a survivor of many things. Depression, anxiety, self-harm, Borderline Personality, rape and PTSD. But, that is not who I am. I am Katie Butterfly. I have come through much darkness and into the light. I have turned into a beautiful young woman. I love with all my heart, I enjoy many things, … Continue reading My Past Does Not Define Me