Sunflower Self

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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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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  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.

“I don’t know”

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.