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This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD

2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

Heart pounding, I startle awake at 4 am. I am panic-stricken and consumed with terror.

My bedroom is quiet. There are no intruders, only my faithful furry friend Winston, slumbering quietly at my feet.

I wonder if I had screamed and scared any of my children.

For 5 minutes, then 10 minutes my heart continues to pound as […]

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD 2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

A Letter to myself, just before I escaped my abusive marriage

2018-04-12T08:47:09+00:00

To me on November 19, 2012, (the night before my children and I escaped my abusive husband)

hope letter

I see you. I know how terrified you are right now.

You are doing your best to act normally even though you have escape plans in place for tomorrow. Only your parents, […]

A Letter to myself, just before I escaped my abusive marriage 2018-04-12T08:47:09+00:00

Currently

2018-04-05T11:10:36+00:00

Encouraged

to see small patches of green (finally!) on my walks with Winston and as I ride my ElliptiGO. (see the green in my rearview mirror?!)


We had some crazy snow/sleet on Easter and snow in the forecast for tomorrow (wait, what?!!), but I’m still holding out hope for […]

Currently 2018-04-05T11:10:36+00:00

The Best Way to Save an Abuse Victim

2018-03-29T10:13:53+00:00

I hid in my basement laundry room, hands and knees trembling as I looked through the contacts on my phone, trying to decide who to call. Over the past few months it had become increasingly clear to me that the life my children and I were living was neither safe or “normal.”

For 27 years my […]

The Best Way to Save an Abuse Victim 2018-03-29T10:13:53+00:00

of Seasons and Grace

2018-03-24T18:16:49+00:00

Life’s Seasons

Here in the Midwestern United States we are tentatively entering spring after a rather “bleak” winter. No real snowstorms here to speak of…. just day after day of cloudy skies and gray-toned landscapes.

Midwestern winter landscape

The past six months of my life have felt bleak as well.

My […]

of Seasons and Grace 2018-03-24T18:16:49+00:00

Drowning in Life’s Storms? Here are 7 Lifesaving Solutions

2017-04-26T08:22:09+00:00

When I was forced to flee my 27-year-long abusive marriage 4 1/2 years ago, I never could have guessed how difficult my path would be. There was no way for me to know how devastating the fallout from an abusive marriage could be, both for me, and for my children.

I am learning how to manage […]

Drowning in Life’s Storms? Here are 7 Lifesaving Solutions 2017-04-26T08:22:09+00:00

Why Quitting Isn’t Always a Dirty Word

2016-08-15T08:50:13+00:00

A week ago I made the tough decision to pull of of IronMan Wisconsin. Many of my readers know that I’ve been training hard for this race for a year now. (An IronMan race is a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and a “little” 26.2 mi marathon run to finish it off)

And I […]

Why Quitting Isn’t Always a Dirty Word 2016-08-15T08:50:13+00:00

Dear Survivor

2016-08-02T13:33:40+00:00

Dear Survivor, I know; you’ve heard them talking. You’ve read the blog posts talking about the virtuous goal of being a “thriver” rather than a survivor.

I know the shame you feel, admitting even silently to yourself that for so long now  ~ years, perhaps, you’ve been gasping in the deep […]

Dear Survivor 2016-08-02T13:33:40+00:00

Of Bike Rides and Grace

2016-05-23T08:43:27+00:00

Each week my triathlon coach plans my workouts and posts them online for me. I like to look at the workouts in advance so I can plan how I’ll fit them into my busy schedule with my large family and also so I can psych myself up for the really challenging workouts.

Of Bike Rides and Grace 2016-05-23T08:43:27+00:00

Why I Tri

2016-05-19T13:51:58+00:00

It’s still dark outside as I slip into the pool and begin swimming at 5 am.

There will be just enough time to swim, shower and drive home to be with my 6 school-aged children before they leave for school. It’s important to me that I’m available for them both before and after school […]

Why I Tri 2016-05-19T13:51:58+00:00

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.