Unraveling Busy

By Molly Crouch, Guest Writer Over the weekend, my husband and I pulled out our calendars and looked at the next month in amazement. October is packed, you guys. If you include the dog (and we do), our immediate family has four birthdays this month. Whoa. After we wrapped our minds around the parties and … [Read more…]

The day I couldn’t cope anymore

Please note: Discussion of depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts   By Katie Balthazor, Guest Writer I have struggled with depression since high school but since I didn’t understand the emotions I was feeling, I turned to self-harm. I would cut or burn myself and was fascinated how the pain distracted me and pushed aside other … [Read more…]

Who is your life jacket?

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer Walking toward the Lazy River, I looked down at Caleb who was very offended at being told he was still too little to be on the Lazy River without a life jacket. “But I don’t need it!” he whined.  “I can do it by myself. I am a good swimmer.” “It’s … [Read more…]

Enough is Enough

By Breanne Davis, Core Writer Each day I have a pep talk with myself as I’m getting ready. I try to remind myself to be thankful. I try to remind myself that the mistakes that I made yesterday are done and that today is a new day. I try to talk myself into being the … [Read more…]

I feel like I’m cheating on my friends

By Brittany Rollins, Core Writer I have some great friends from my high school days. Actually, let me correct that: I have some great friends from my elementary school days. Sixth grade is when we first bonded over boys, softball, volleyball, and sleepovers. Then came college, fiancés, bachelorette parties, and bridesmaid dresses. We’ve been there … [Read more…]

The chance to show up

By Brett Baker, Core Writer I don’t have a lot of personal experience with tragedy. I was fortunate to grow up in a healthy home, and I’ve gotten through most of my adult life without a tremendous amount of grief. I’m thankful for this–very thankful. I’ve dealt with dysfunction, trauma, depression and other heavy issues, … [Read more…]