Know First Who You Are

Know first who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly.  Epicetus This is what recovery — in the big way that I define it — is really all about, isn’t it. So important, and yet so much easier said than done.  This is my journey. Sending you strength and clarity on your journey to you. xoAnnie…

Alice Miller

Alice Miller was a Swiss psychoanalyst who wrote extensively about the ways in which parents do not respect their own children and the impact of emotional wounds experienced by children on their lives as adults.  She should be read widely. Yours in healing.  Yours in creating a better tomorrow. Annie  

Leaving my Home in the Forest

I’ve just — just — completed the task of moving from my little, healing, home made of grounding rock and logs, deep in the forest.  I moved there — found myself there, really — more than two years ago, when I was desperate for affordable housing following declaring bankruptcy and was also unable to work…

Find your voice… then listen to it.

Image and verse credit: Leigh Standley – Curly Girl I found this greeting card recently and the message is worth sharing, widely. I’m sending you my wishes that you may find that still, small voice, deep inside of you.   And that you will listen. Yours, Annie. Find your voice then listen to it.  Even when…

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.