About the Journey

I have learned a lot about mental illness through first hand experience. I started writing this blog when I was experiencing the worst depression of my life and kind of just settled on the fact that my life was not going to get any better. I accepted a disorder as my identity and shrunk my... Continue Reading →

Walking and Talking

A big goal of mine has been to get back into running. I am not great at it. I run a 16 minute mile on a good day, but it makes me feel good, so I do it anyways. Before I decided to give medication another shot I was constantly drained by the anxiety and... Continue Reading →

Love Endures

My great-grandmother passed away last week and with that heavy on my family's heart I have spent a lot of time reflecting. One of my favorite memories of Grandma Rakes was when we found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, Madilyn. To add some context, Eric and I found out we were going... Continue Reading →

Prayer Changes Everything

I believe prayer changes things. When I say "prayer" I do not mean writing "Praying for you" on Facebook and calling it a day. Prayer is not passive. Prayer bridges gaps between the natural and supernatural placing us face to face with our God who is the only one powerful enough to change helpless situations.... Continue Reading →

The Power In Your Story

I believe in stories. I do not believe anyone is truly "unique" in the way they feel. Our stories may all different, we may all be different sizes, shapes, colors, cultures, ages, and stages, but we all go through similar feelings at sometime or another. I believe that when we share those feelings no matter... Continue Reading →

The Empty Shoes

I have been in a really dark and angry place for about two months now. I wish I could give you the good Christian response that "I have never lost faith,not even for a second," but somewhere in the pits of my emotions, I did. I've been looking at holiday after holiday, birthday after birthday,... Continue Reading →

Being Home

Sometimes I need to take a step back to access my motives in life because I can really get it twisted. I am a self diagnosed chronic perfectionist and people pleaser. I have been desperately trying to be the best wife, mother, daughter, and friend possible without actually accessing what that would look like. Seriously,... Continue Reading →

Shame & Forgiveness

There have been so many times I would have someone pop up on my "People You May Know" where my heart would just drop. If I saw anyone from middle school or high school I would be in full on panic mode...especially at church. Seeing people who "used" to know me would send me into... Continue Reading →

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