Poetry: ..Leech Free..

By Monica C. Voskamp   Leeches. All them leeching me. They kept draining, kept taking Kept telling me what I could or could not be.   Leeches. They drained the lifeblood from my soul. Day after day, year after year Till all that was left was Nothing resembling beautiful.   Leeches. They were everywhere I [...]

Decoding Religion: my journey of escape.

By Monica C. Voskamp Self Care. Self care isn't selfish.  It was the first thing I learned in my first counseling session.  It's ridiculous to think caring for your one irreplaceable self would be considered selfish...sinful. My religion mindset told me otherwise. I was terrified to be doing something sinful. In 2006, I knew I [...]