Why I Kept Living: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

Originally posted on Facebook on Sept. 10, 2016.  It's been almost one year since the last time I wanted to die. It's morbid, yes, but today is World Suicide Prevention Day and so far, I have kept living. I was 14 when it happened the first time. Winter has always felt like death to me, … Continue reading Why I Kept Living: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

A Poem for Mike

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this... this is for Mike. Mike was another homeschool alum like me. He was a college classmate and my friend. I want so much for the homeschool community to recognize that we have pain and problems also. Not just public school kids. I want people like Mike to … Continue reading A Poem for Mike

Outside the Box: Recovering from obsessive guilt

  "i am still learning that i am allowed to be human out here inside it was not allowed those things made a bad thing happen so i still feel that. any tiny mistake... " ~ anonymous friend Obsessive guilt is not a thing. It is no longer my religion. But for many years, it … Continue reading Outside the Box: Recovering from obsessive guilt

The darkest days of the year and the dark night of the soul

You know people who talk about the dark night of the soul? Yeah, that. It doesn't just exist in fiction. I try not to complain. I'm naturally an optimist. But 2015 has been an incredibly difficult year. I've lost several people, not to death, but to change. I don't know which is harder, honestly. I … Continue reading The darkest days of the year and the dark night of the soul