Toxic Positivity: “Smile”

Three 'Smile' songs Toxic Positivity defined: the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. (taken from this article, 'Toxic Positivity: The Dark Side of Positive Vibes' by Samara Quintero and Dr. Jamie Long) I've... Continue Reading →

Second-Guessing

I drove myself to my counseling appointment for the first time today. I thought I would remember the way, having been a passenger so many times before, and wouldn't need to turn on my phone's map app. I thought I knew all of the familiar landmarks. I read the highway signs, made the correct turns,... Continue Reading →

Current Events in Our Area: COVID-19

I don't tend to write much about the 'once in a lifetime' experiences that I go through. I'm not sure why that is because I love to read first-hand accounts of those who have survived big happenings. I've also been avoiding social media and all of the "stay positive/don't panic/toilet paper hoarding/homemade hand sanitizer recipes"... Continue Reading →

Speaking your truth

In my research into hypothyroidism, I came across the Hindu teachings about chakras. To be clear, I don't ascribe to Hinduism but my interest was piqued by their belief that thryoid issues were due in part to not using your voice. Acquiescing to others when you know you shouldn't; staying silent instead of speaking up;... Continue Reading →

Pink Glasses of Hope

"Honor your own pace. "Walk, don't run." Recovery doesn't care about your ambition, only on your current ability. Mental illness is trauma and trauma takes time to heal."             Sam Dylan Finch The problem with knowing the basics of something, is forming assumptions about how long it should take to master... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 37, Having a Voice

"When we remain silent or refuse to use our gifts, we hamper the body of Christ from achieving its fullness. God places members in the body of Christ to bring it to health, and we are part of the body. Our voices and gifts matter." (Renewed, Leigh Powers, pg 155) I am passionate about people... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 33, Beauty in the Body

"Christ died for the church. That bears repeating. Christ died for the church. He died for us as individuals, yes. But he also died for us as a body, for who we are together. There is a corporate power and identity in the church that is valuable and precious -- and beautiful. Some days it... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 32, Redemption

"...those lessons were costly. And the church - have they learned anything from this? Or will they repeat the same process with another pastor two years down the road: hope, disillusionment, blame, conflict, gone? It's out of my hands now.  God, I want to believe nothing is wasted with you. But what was the purpose... Continue Reading →

Renewed, Day 21, Silence

"God's silence can be painful. We can experience seasons of silence for different reasons. Sometimes people can't hear from God because they have never surrendered to Christ's lordship. We may experience God's silence because we are harboring unconfessed sin or have rejected a clear calling from God. Yet sometimes none of those apply. God's silence... Continue Reading →

Renewed: Day 11, Loving Your Enemies

"Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one." (Renewed, pg 45, Leigh Powers) In theory, it is easy to forgive. It is especially easy if we no longer need to have a relationship with the person who wronged us. The depth of forgiveness is most severely tested when the relationship is continued. "Forgiveness doesn't... Continue Reading →

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