My Life is Mine (and I Own my Glory!)

My life is MINE!  Oh, how I wish I could have had someone strong in my corner whispering this truth in my ear when I was a little girl.  How I wish I could have been protected as a child from the chronic abuse, intimidation and withholding of a father who thought I was something…

Diana Nyad: My Life After Sexual Assault

For anyone who as a child was abused or otherwise exploited in any way by someone in a position of trust.  A powerful, poignant, beautiful, brutal and heart-breaking essay by swimmer Diane Nyad about her experiences of sexual assault by her coach and the after-effects for her. May all of us who have had our…

Reaching Higher

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery;  Quote credit:  Zedd – True Colors Stars fall at my feet, keep me grounded as I reach higher than I see. Is there something there for me? Zedd – True Colors   xo Annie          

The Creative Adult is the Child who Survived

Photo credit:  Rebel Recovery Art credit: Metal electrical box street art by Amanda deSouza (@amandanicolenyc)  This blog post is dedicated to Ax.  Thank you for your warmth and encouragement. _______________________________ Art heals.  I have found this to be true.  As I express my self, use my voice through writing, it is timid at first.  But…

Rupi Kaur: Reclaiming the Body as Home

It takes monsters to steal souls and fighters to reclaim them.  This home [my body] is what I came into this world with.  It was the first home.  It will be the last home.  You can’t take it.                                                                                    Rupi Kaur I found Rupi Kaur recently and I’m loving her.   She illustrates, writes and performs spoken…

I’m Starting to Listen to Me

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery I stick hearts in my calendar.  Childish, sticker hearts.  They mean love and that means safety. And beside the hearts, I write, ” I can do it.” I like to think that if I go slowly and if I listen to myself carefully, then maybe I can. **************** Fear was the…

The Purpose of Life: Be Yourself

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery I found my truth on a teabag today….. “The purpose of life is to know yourself and love yourself and trust yourself and be yourself.” Sending you peace and strength on your journey to you. A.  

Lead with your heart.

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery When you’re trying to find your way through the woods, and when you’re not: lead with your heart. I often write what I need to speak, hear and know; I create the images I need to see.  These words and the image help me today. I hope you feel better seeing…

Love is Grounding

Photo: A view from where I’m house sitting in a city.  I love the ivy growing on the wall.  The house has a lovely feel to it — it’s full of books!  Photo credit:  Rebel Recovery I’ve been feeling quite dissociated the past couple of days.  Out of my head in ways, like all of…

I’m a Published Author!

Photo: The path to the pond.  Photo credit: Rebel Recovery. …and you can be too. I’m proud to share that I’ve been published in the online magazine,  “Rebelle Society.“ Listening to myself, deeply, and writing my truths helps me heal. Sharing my writing, my truths, helps me heal too — it may mean I am…

Mom’s Dead. Not Sure if Anyone Told You.

Photo credit: Revel Recovery I saw the words in the title of this post captioning a Facebook post for ‘She Recovers‘ recently.  The words — the level of mother-child estrangement in them — made me catch my breath.  They are the title of an essay written by Rebekah Christofi.  And that essay may be the…

Thank you

Thank you God (goddesses, universe, all of you….).  My heart filled with gratitude instantly this morning when I looked up from my computer and saw the view outside my window. Yours, A.