Gradual Destruction

Self-esteem is a dangerous thing to lose. When our self-esteem is low, it affects every relationship we are in. It affects intimate partner relationships, friendships, child-parent relationships, business relationships ... and impacts our ability to build new relationships. When something happens, in life or in relationship, our self-esteem helps define how we react to it.…Read more Gradual Destruction

The Importance of Rest

We need to rest. We are commanded to rest. We neglect rest. Rest is not just getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Rest is taking time away from our normal routines, setting aside a significant amount of time and space to regroup for the coming challenges, to recover from past battles. I am reminded recently,…Read more The Importance of Rest

Things My Abuser Taught Me

While I was with my abuser, he had a few (false!) lessons for me to learn. He successfully taught me some of them, and others he failed to teach me before I left him: I'm not valuable or important. I have nothing to say that is of interest or worth to others. I cannot take care of myself…Read more Things My Abuser Taught Me

Re-blog: It’s All About Me and That’s OK

This woman inspires me daily. She has walked and come through extremely difficult times, she gives her time and her life to help improve the lives of others and she does it with grace, wisdom and love. Loving community destroys abuse because abuse thrives in silence. Hers is a difficult story to hear, but it is…Read more Re-blog: It’s All About Me and That’s OK

Mental Health: #BellLetsTalk

Today is Mental Health Awareness Day and Bell does an amazing job of getting the word out. So.. let's talk about it. Let's talk about mental health and why it's important to... well, talk ... about it. When people use the phrase "mental health", what exactly are they referring to? Anxiety Depression BiPolar Disorder Eating…Read more Mental Health: #BellLetsTalk

It’s Not Women vs. Men

According to an article at Mint Press News, an incident of domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds against women in the United States. In comparison, the same article shares that an incident of domestic violence occurs every 37.8 seconds against men. (Let's not forget that part of both those statistics is same gender violence.) That's…Read more It’s Not Women vs. Men