Poetry: ..the monsters limits..

By Monica C. Voskakmp   They were constricting. Constricting faster than her heart could beat. All this anxiety, All this fear, Constricting her very life beat.   Thoughts consuming, Worries building. Always ever only constricting her ability To live, thrive and breathe.   Fear kept tightening its chains Round her weary body. Worry kept sucking [...]

Rethinking: Push Delete on Reality

By Monica C. Voskamp Do you know how many pictures I deleted when I was the 'Big Me'? Too many. I cringe as I think of one picture summer 2012. Of course it was summer, at the beach. I had bought a workout shirt for a swim top, donned a bright pink top, and then [...]

Free Bird

Relationships effect your health, holistically.  Our spirits are either crushed or nurtured. We either thrive or just get by.  I haven't been able to describe in a few words what it's like to be in a toxic relationship and then get out.  Free Bird is a flicker of the past and a realization of the [...]

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 [...]