Question of the Day

Inspiration can come from strange places. This question of the day is brought to you by Brazilian drama inspired musings. Sometimes when we are raised in settings that are clinically defined as "less than nurturing" or "not good enough" (depending on whose language you choose) we learn ways of coping which, in the moment, are [...]

Self-Compassion Letter

My TS therapist has been trying to get me to write a self-compassion letter for ages. I haven't done it because I'm stubborn and it seemed difficult. After a few tough weeks of no therapy and then a few tough weeks of therapy, she brought the letter up again. This time I figured I would [...]

My Truth: Living w/Passive SI

Today was a big day for me. It may not be considered a big day for most people but for me, for someone who has struggled for decades with passive suicidal ideation, it is a big deal what I accomplished in these last few minutes. See this line of pills bottles: I've been holding onto [...]

Shine your Light

Have you ever just watched as rain-filled clouds roll over you, casting shadows on the earth beneath your feet? Clouds that are so bloated with water that they can't contain what's in them; they shed little droplets of rain as they travel (portents of an impending cleansing). Yet, somehow, light gets through or around, just [...]

In the Midst of “No”

I've been thinking a lot lately about how our culture defines success. And, how there is often this "good things come to those who wait" mentality. But I think the truth is, good things come to those who put themselves out there and who risk being told "no." We have to be willing to accept [...]

A Letter to Caffeine

For my addictions counseling course, we have to give up a substance which we are presumably somewhat addicted to... as part of the assignment, we also have to write a letter to our substance. To be included in the letter are these components: How my addictive substance/behavior is loved and is considered a “friend” How [...]

What My Texcursion Taught Me

Fact: Texas is more than 268,000 square miles. I can drive for hours in any direction and still be in Texas. This is precisely what I did yesterday. I took a "Texcursion." Otherwise known as a day trip. As a Texas native, I am pretty accustomed to the idea of driving at least half an [...]