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Rethinking “Summer” This Year

I’m sure I’m not the only childless adult not in school and who does not work for a school who looks forward to summer. I did, however, spend 19 years in school, so I know a little bit about looking forward to summer break. Summer is still a break in many senses for me. I…

Girl Without a Tribe

One of the greatest losses I’ve had – in large part due to PTSD – is my loss of tribe. Because my issues are driving related, getting in the car is a challenge, and I don’t drive unless I have a compelling reason to do so – mostly for work and for networking. I have…

Ready to Just Go For It

PTSD can be such an overwhelming barrier to┬áliving. I now have to weigh my actions carefully, consider whether I have the energy or capacity to do whatever it is I want to or need to do, have an exit strategy if I get overwhelmed and can’t handle the situation I’m in, build in rest days…

Inspired By a Different Aspect of Art

A post about art should have images, right? Except this isn’t about the art so much as the artist. The other day an artist invited me to visit her studio. She is an art quilter, a medium which fascinates me, and her story was so inspiring. She was told in the first grade that she…

Struggling Through Feeling Like…Not Enough

I am particularly susceptible to feeling like I’m not enough. It was the overwhelming message growing up. It didn’t matter what I did, it was never enough. I couldn’t be good enough, smart enough, friendly enough, responsible enough, or ever perform well enough. I was sensitive so I was deemed weak, I was smart but…

If You Were A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

There is a lot of “just believe it and it will happen so believe great things!” and “you manifest your thoughts so focus on success!”, etc. going on out there in the wide world. I think that has limitations. If you live with PTSD, you might understand me when I say it doesn’t quite work…