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A year-end review of my blog

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As I reflect on the challenges and successes I’ve had with Just One Take this past year, I feel deeply appreciative of the support that I’ve received from close friends, personal acquaintances, and even strangers on the internet who have taken an interest in my writing.

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My goals for 2019

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Transactional Relationships

This was another popular post from earlier this year. I have more to say on this topic and look forward to further exploring this in 2019. If you have any thoughts on this piece, please leave a comment!

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Love comes in many forms. Author C.S. Lewis wrote about the “four loves” he learned of via his study of Greek wisdom – storge, philia, eros, and agape. Love can also be expressed in a variety of ways. Gary Chapman wrote about this in his best-selling book “The Five Love Languages.” But this post is not about the “four loves.” Nor is it about the expression of love This entry is about the bastardization of love – also known as “transactional love.”

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A letter from the borderline personality to all humanity.

I write fairly frequently about my own struggles with mental health and this post really spoke to me – especially when this author writes “I am not sorry that I have a mental health disorder. However, I am sorry if I have hurt you in some way. I do not even understand me yet, but I am working on it; day by day, moment by moment.”

Walking Through It.

No one knows what it is like to be me, to walk where I have walked; to think my thoughts. no one knows how hard it is for me to make a choice and follow though with it. Yes, I am what you call “Flaky” this is because my mind sometimes will not let me follow through with something. Anxiety, fear, self-doubt, paranoia, absolute panic, depression and black and white thinking… ALL start to chatter in my head and will not let me stay stable and stick to something.

You say that I am not “normal”  I say; “there is no such thing as normal”. You say; “Mental health does not exist.” I say; “Lets ignore the person with the heart attack then, let that person die.” Ignoring my mental health is a death sentence for me. You call my behavior an “excuse” , I call it “I am trying”…

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What a borderline personality breakdown looks like

 

I was never your cure.

As we near the end of another year, I’ve been taking stock of my blog and this was one of this year’s most-popular posts. It is a poem I wrote about a toxic relationship – apparently, many found something in it they can relate to.

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I was never your cure. I am your addiction.

You hurt me far too many times, I could mention

After it has all been done and said –

You thought you could leave, but I’m still in your head.

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Ninety-nine percent and what happens to survivors who speak out

As I reflect on this past year in blogging, this is one of the most popular posts I wrote in 2018. When survivors of sexual assault speak out, they take on the risk of knowing some people won’t believe them and they will be attacked for doing so. I am one of the “lucky” survivors who is able to speak out in relative safety – so I feel I must speak not only for myself, but also for those who are unable to for themselves. I know you’re out there… and I believe you.

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This is not a post about income inequality. This is a post about the “other” ninety-nine percent. This is a post about the statistical fact that 99 percent of perpetrators of rape walk free among us

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A Hero’s Journey Begins

“The usual hero adventure begins with someone from whom something has been taken, or who feels there is something lacking in the normal experience available or permitted to the members of society. The person then takes off on a series of adventures beyond the ordinary, either to recover what has been lost or to discover some life-giving elixir. It’s usually a cycle, a coming and a returning.”

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Love rejoices with the truth

Love does not Delight in Evil but Rejoices with the Truth

In my opinion, this part of the passage is more telling about the nature of evil than that of love. One way we can know something is by learning more about it’s opposite. Cold is the absence of heat. Darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of love and truth.

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Family means nobody gets left behind

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What would you grab if your home was on fire? It’s a common enough question and a good one to consider should anyone find themselves presented with such a dire situation. I had the opportunity to know my answer to that question. Earlier this year when I was staying at the YWCA shelter, a fire alarm went off early one morning. No drill was scheduled, so I had to assume this was the real deal.

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