What I Really Mean When I Say No

Her cell phone suddenly rings, jarring her awake. She peeks at the screen and sees the name of one of her dearest friends. Her phone so rarely rings that she's not sure whether to answer it or not. She only has two options, answer or leave it. She has been in this situation so many … Continue reading What I Really Mean When I Say No

Those Who Feel Too Much

She sits perfectly still and is willing the thoughts in her head to go away. Urging and nagging thoughts accompanied by emotions so raw and fierce. She looks about to see whether anyone is looking. She is certain that others can see her heart pounding through her shirt. It's rapid and intense. With each beat … Continue reading Those Who Feel Too Much

5 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person

I Just Want to Die! Do I have your attention? Good! If someone said this to you, do you know what you would say? What you would do? We never know how we're going to respond in any given situation. It isn't until we receive training and experience that we learn what is best. But, … Continue reading 5 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person

Breathe! Just Breathe!

I approached the entrance with only one task in mind. I needed to purchase my final Christmas gift and then I would be done. I was grinning because I knew there would be so many frantic last-minute shoppers and I was so glad I wasn't going to be one of them. With a bit of excitement, … Continue reading Breathe! Just Breathe!

6 Ways to Help you Feel Better

How many of you have set a New Year's Goal and never completed it? Yea, me too! However, with this one, I hit it out of the ballpark. I'm talking about the 30-Day Blogging Challenge. Today is day 30 and the end of this challenge. This is the second time I have completed this challenge. … Continue reading 6 Ways to Help you Feel Better

Happiness, the Alphabet, and You!

For the previous 26 days, you have read posts focused on a central theme, The Alphabet of Happiness. Each letter of the alphabet brought new words and suggestions for why you should pursue happiness in your life and how you can go about doing it. My hope is that you will find at least one … Continue reading Happiness, the Alphabet, and You!

Valuable Lessons From 2016

WOW! What a year 2016 was for me. I won't go into all of the details, you're just going to have to take my word for it. I've heard from many others who agree that 2016 was just as brutal for them. And so that leads us to today. It would be easy for me, … Continue reading Valuable Lessons From 2016

An Avalanche of Grief!

My phone rang early Monday morning. This is a rare event in my home. No one ever calls me. Not wanting to budge from the warmth and comfort of my bed, I hesitated to get up and answer the ring. But, something pushed me to get up. I just had this feeling that I should … Continue reading An Avalanche of Grief!

BPD: Being Extremely Sensitive

If you have been professionally diagnosed or know someone who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), then this post will most likely ring true to you in every aspect. Yet, there are still many who haven't fully understood or accepted this fact. I'm going to put it out there... Having BPD means being … Continue reading BPD: Being Extremely Sensitive

What Suicide Isn’t!

I'm not a so-called mental health professional. I don't have any professional degrees hanging on my wall or in an office. I don't have a cool title before or after my name. However, I am a professional of my own experiences. I am a suicide survivor. Today, September 10th is an extremely noteworthy day. World Suicide … Continue reading What Suicide Isn’t!