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 [...]

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 [...]

The real issue isn’t the issue..

By Monica C. Voskamp Why do we (continually) do things we regret? Why do we submit ourselves to a cycle of abuse when we abhor it so much? In short, the moment of pleasure and immediate comfort is cherished more than the repercussions of pain and the work of resolution. There are many reasons we [...]

Seeing Differently: 5 years in

By Monica C. Voskamp Please don't see me. That's how I felt. I didn't want to see me and I didn't want others too. I wanted to somehow hide the entirety of 248 pound me. Try imagine adding 100 pounds to your size..(keep breathing!).. and think you can be invisible. It's like being 2 people...seriously. [...]

Focus

by Monica Voskamp This morning I was scrolling through a health website. I was struck by something: many numbers. Numbers counting the pounds lost and numbers measuring carbs. 25 carbs were questioned.* 90 pounds lost and celebrated. 30 pounds lost. 3 pounds lost. People counting and counting these numbers in their goal to lose weight and [...]