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 […]

Happiness is a Journey Not a Destination

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Open Letter to My Cat Bunny

Dear Bunny, We just celebrated your 9th birthday. Thank you for choosing me and letting me adopt you 8 1/2 years ago. You have been there for me since day one. Your unconditional love has got me through some of the best and the worst times of my life. When no one else was there […]