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, […]

Farewell ODC, It’s Been A Journey

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I Created Becoming Katie Butterfly

Becoming Katie Butterfly I have struggled with mental illness, anxiety, and sexual assault in my life. It once held be back, even almost killed me, but like a butterfly I have come out of the darkness and into a beautiful life! I have found my voice and it’s so beautiful. I have so much to […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

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 […]

Things I Realized After My Last Suicide Attempt

I recently found this. I wrote it after my last suicide attempt, which was almost 7 years ago now. I’m glad I found it. There are a lot of positive things I’d forgotten about. It was a horrible time but taught me so much. Things I just didn’t “get” or understand until that point, and even since […]