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

Great Things Are Happening

Exactly one month from today I will be turning 30. I am so excited to be entering a new decade and finally leave the horrible 20s behind. I say that because it was in my 20s that my mental health issues were at their worst and it was also during my 20s that I experienced … Continue reading Great Things Are Happening

Survivor Love Letter: To My Past Self From My Current Self

Finding this letter I had written to myself was just the reminder I needed! I have come so far. 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 … Continue reading Survivor Love Letter: To My Past Self From My Current Self

Get Happy: Self Care After Being Sexually Abused

Get Happy. My new Bath and Body Works Lotion and Body Spray set. Even nearly 9 years later I am still learning how to love my body after it betrayed me. I'm slowly realizing that it wasn't my body that betrayed me but my abuser. I'm slowly learning to love my body just the way … Continue reading Get Happy: Self Care After Being Sexually Abused

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

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 … Continue reading Open Letter to my Attacker

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 … Continue reading Happiness is a Journey Not a Destination

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

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