About Me: Update

I believe it’s important for people to be as honest with themselves as they can be about their personal difficulties and struggles.  Only truth lights the way home; ignorance or wilful denial is a sure way to drift off course.  I also believe it’s important to share the stories of our personal struggles with each…

They Will Never Notice How Broken You Are

A sad post to follow my optimistic post about happiness habits of earlier today.  A reminder that true happiness isn’t faked. “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.” Words and poster courtesy of Rough Copy UK

Quick Thoughts

I took this photo in the woods near my house this week.  I’m attracted to paths…. and light….. An entire month has passed since I’ve posted anything on this site, which is the longest gap there’s been for some time.  I’m still writing though.  And reading.  And healing. I’ve just put up a new post…

Seasons in Life and Recovery

For writers and “recoverers,” I’m sharing some beautiful writing by Laura McKowen about her life journey and journey of recovery from alcohol addiction.  I love that she touches on loneliness, something I can relate to very much in my own life and feel shame about, and mental health and financial crises.  The poetry she refers…

Depression: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

I stumbled upon this article today about depression, written in 2013 by Allie Brosh, the author of the wonderful and hilarious blog and book “Hyperbole and a Half”.  I wanted to share it here because I think it is one of the most brilliant descriptions of depression I have ever read.  I hope it helps…

The Art of Healing Trauma

I’ve just discovered Heidi Hanson’s excellent website, “The Art of Healing Trauma” (http://www.new-synapse.com/aps/wordpress/) So much carefully written and helpful information! This website probably fits into my top five favourite trauma recovery sites.  I just finished reading her recent post about the importance and benefits of processing trauma extremely slowly. The post is written largely from…

The Battle

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.                  – Buddha We can do this.  We can do this, one day, one moment at a time.  Ours is a valiant battle, …

What is the Measure of a Soul?

What is the measure of a soul? It’s not what you think you “look like” to others.  It’s not even how others actually see you, what they think of you.  It’s not how many votes you get if you’re running for president of the United States.  It’s not something that can be counted by the…

Truth: The Creative Process

“Creation aims at the experience of truth, a truth that has not been filtered by anything or anyone else.  Most of the pain and misery of life comes when we surrender the intelligence of our spontaneous intuition to other people or outside ideas, weakening our inner strength and understanding.  The process of painting is about…

Solace

For anyone anywhere, in need of solace.  Something beautiful.  (The words are below the video).   “Solace”  (by Enya) What can I do to comfort you? Don’t hide away in solitude. What can I say to show the way? Let tears become a soft rain… Why do you hide the loss inside? The love you…

Quick Thoughts

What I’m Writing:  I’ve started an additional blog, “Beyond Bankruptcy: Care for the Soul.” When I started “Rebel Recovery,” I thought I would also write about my bankruptcy here.  But that writing really didn’t fit in with the processing and writing I’ve needed to do about healing the wounds of my childhood.  There is an…