Getting through Winter: the formula.

By Monica C. Voskamp It doesn't take too much work to make your life a lot better. My brother tells me this concept often. And I know it. And... I forget it. That's why I'm here reminding you, because we often forget the most important things. A little bit of effort continually leads to a [...]

Bell Let’s Talk: the alien blood DNA.

By Monica C. Voskamp Bell Let's Talk Day. The irony is I don't want to talk. I don't want to talk about the awful days, the dark days. Do people really want to know that? I'm sure it'd be an interesting read...but it's more than that. Its my REALITY, and many others. It's a read [...]

Love Series Day#7: Honor Redefined.

By Monica C. Voskamp                                                                                                                                                                    I'm looking at something a little beyond me: honor.  I have mixed feelings: I'm confused and conflicted. I'm like this princess. I'm confused even though I'm dressed in beautiful colors and crowned with gold. I should feel honored, but inside I churn with confusion.                                                                                                                                                                    I'm confused because what I've [...]

Crisis times: Giving a Hand Up

By Monica C. Voskamp Giving a hand up. There have been times I just needed a hand up. Sometimes I had hands reaching to me (supportive people), sometimes I didn't. The times I did...well, I can't spell my gratitude. Probably the biggest times have been in anxiety, depression, and life crisis situations (ie toxic abusive [...]

Anxiety: The Juggling Act

By Monica C. Voskamp Anxiety. Fear. Panic Attacks. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These effect one's health. For years they have effected mine, from mild to debilitating. A few years ago, I had one such panic attack. I was walking down a sidewalk on my way to church. I was nearing a plaza where a former [...]

When Scars become Beautiful.

**Trigger Warning** By Monica C. Voskamp 6 years ago, I held a sharp blade in my fingers. It was a tiny orange paper cutter blade. The slice was narrow, red. The first cut into my skin was jagged; I had pulled the blade with hesitation. I can still see the skin breaking. Scared to go [...]

Motivation: when life is on the rocks

By Monica C. Voskamp See the lonely boat? Maybe its been out there for days, weeks, months... sail torn, radio crackling in and out. Even if land is ahead..fog obscures any sight of hope. This sailor has crossed an ocean of brutality. Life hardships. With a paddle in hand, he dips it into the cold [...]