One Word: What’s Been Standing in Your Way?

Your ONE WORD is personal. You picked it for a reason. Perhaps it came from a place of hope. A place where you saw the possibility of growth. Of making your life better. Maybe it came from a "Come to Jesus" moment like this reader (disclaimer...the following are exerts): I was sitting in the hot…

My One Word

I'm not a fan of New Year's Resolutions. My issues are many (hence the 's' on the end of the word issue). However, this past fall I engaged in YouVersion's 4-day devotional plan One Word That Will Change Your Life. I was intrigued by its simplicity. I mean really. It's just one word. I was…

Mental Illness is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

Last June, I published this post about mental illness. It had been a long time coming. The inspiration had come two years prior, during my participation in the Fox Valley Writing Project.  One of my fellow writers had shared a poem she had written about addiction. In the last few lines, she disclosed the poem was…

It’s What I’ve Been Given

How do you change the way you think? The way you feel? The way you react? How do you change habits that have become so ingrained into your existence you simply cannot fathom life could be different? Those were the questions I was wrestling with a few years ago. Oh, I put on a good act.…

Long Overdue

2 months and 2 days. 2 months and 2 days since my last post. When you last heard from me, I was doing this: See the smile? Fake. I was incredibly unaware of the beauty surrounding me when this picture was taken. I was not living in the moment. Not at all.   You see,…