Please welcome first-time contributor Erika, a 29-year-old artist and mother who has battled with depression and anxiety (both social and generalized) for 15 years. She also spiraled into addiction, particularly opiate addiction, after years of domestic violence. Erika is now free from the abuse and starting a new life with her two children and her art. She is living at home in North Dakota, but hopes to move back to New Mexico to continue a Master’s Degree program in art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. Erika currently is immersed in the study of the art process which has truly saved her life.
About this photo: “I have recently spent a lot of time connecting through photography to my home state of North Dakota, with which I have always had a love/hate relationship. Most of my photos have been purely aesthetic, but this one in particular has great meaning to me. When I…
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it’s been quite a while since I made some blogs haha! Still gettin’ the hang of it (hoping)
The key to everything is balance, nothing else, just balance. Try to put it this way:
If there is good, there will be bad
feeling lucky? wait for your turn
every problem comes with a solution
broken inside? time will heal you
there is time for games and there is for seriousness
friends are great but still obey and love your parents
downfall? there is success around the corner
dark clouds? the sun will appear any minute now
heavy times? even those hard ones, it will be lighter later on
prose or poetry?
in love? don’t forget other people, okay?
be silent and be loud
rule makers equals rule breakers
listen quietly and talk with all might
hold on to important things and let go of those which are not
wrong things happen for right things to come
do things now or, maybe later? you choose.
learn to love yourself and love others more
it’s either you walk forward or backward.
you are not the only sinner, but you can still repent for them and pray.
life is a mess? life is quite wonderful.
Yes, this is the most annoying thing to hear when simply asking someone what they want to do or where to go, but at least try to put yourself in their shoes sometimes.
Besides those famous lines that people always tell, there’s also this phrase “I don’t know”.
I know because this one is also favorite lines. It may seem dumb but sometimes, I just think of the most enjoying thing a person would do when he is with me (you know, just wanting to make him comfortable and forget about the world once in a while) and I just end up making him pissed – or worse, feeling unimportant.
It happens maybe because my mind always get overclouded with thoughts that I want to do but can’t think of a way to make it real in life. It can also be that I can’t put some trust enough in the thoughts and just think they are too plain or too extraordinary – it’s either of the two.
I don’t do this all the time. Sometimes, I plan out things, but not frequently. If I only have the brightest of ideas, I wouldn’t mind sharing it to everybody in every corner of this world.