Childhood emotional neglect hurts!

“Would you like to go out for a bite?” I asked my husband. It had been a long week. I was tired.

“If you like,” he responded with a smile. (My husband does like a beer now and again.) Continue reading “Childhood emotional neglect hurts!”

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Painting Jesus. True story.

I’ve been wanting to write a special message for Christmas, and today I had an uplifting message: “Let your Light Shine”.

It is a few days before Christmas and I looked at the clock: 222. It has been happening a lot lately. I googled what it might mean. I read that 222 is a spiritual number with deep meaning. The Universe is giving you a message.

I thought of my angels and went onto YouTube and this video popped up. Continue reading “Painting Jesus. True story.”

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Christmas. What it’s really about.

As this time of year approaches, I have a myriad of feelings. I don’t think I’m alone. Especially for those who are really struggling with the holiday for a range of reasons.

Today, I reflect on Saint Nicholas, the bishop from Turkey in the fourth century. He got the name “Saint Nick” for his kindness to sailors, merchants, archers, prostitutes and children; he is more known for his secret gift-giving to help the people struggling. There is not a lot of information on him other than he rescued a few women from prostitution, calming a sea for sailors, saving innocent soldiers from prosecution, and he rescued some children as well.  Continue reading “Christmas. What it’s really about.”

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Sibling Bullying – ignored but harmful!

It’s a study that is has been a long-time coming!

He took the new Christmas bottle from my dresser and shook it violently. He then carefully placed it at the bottom of my bed next to my feet. “Don’t you dare move or it will blow up,” he threatened, making sure my parents hadn’t heard him. “It’s a bomb and if you move it will go off and blow you to pieces,” he added, with such meaning and hate in his voice.— My Courage to Tell

This is pretty important. I am hopeful that with the new study, there will finally be a focus on sibling bullying.

This study was a longitudinal study of 14,000 children at 18 weeks pregnancy — who would be followed until they were 24. The study would look at mental health, depression, anxiety, self-harm and psychotic disorders. Continue reading “Sibling Bullying – ignored but harmful!”

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Complex PTSD is different than PTSD

More and more people want to know about Complex PTSD. I am not a medical professional, therapist or doctor. I am writing what I’ve learned and researched. 

…the symptoms of PTSD do not really seem to completely describe the psychological harm, emotional problems, and changes in how people view themselves and the world following chronic traumatic exposure.

Therefore, some mental health professionals believe that we should distinguish between the type of PTSD that develops from chronic, long-lasting traumatic events, and the type of PTSD that results from short-lived events. —verywellmind.com 

To start, there is a lot of overlap with PTSD vs C-PTSD. I will try and explain the differences in what I’ve researched.  Continue reading “Complex PTSD is different than PTSD”

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Are you the scapegoat in your family?

So, this blog post is long overdue. I have often tweeted about scapegoating, but I think it warrants a blog post since so many people that I’ve connected with are fellow “goats”.

The story comes from the Bible. In the Old Testament, Leviticus 16 there is a goat that was mortally sacrificed, and another that was cast to the wilderness. This goat was to carry all the sins of his tribe. The goat was chosen to carry away the “sins of man” so it would release all the tribe members of their guilt. Continue reading “Are you the scapegoat in your family?”

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Joy! Gratitude! Peace!

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

I am sitting by my waterfall listening to some piano music. It is worship music. I am not a religious person, but I believe the Creator wants me to thank Him/Her for all I have. Continue reading “Joy! Gratitude! Peace!”

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