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This Automatic Life

This Automatic Life

Photo by Min An: As children, when painful or scary things happened, we needed to understand why. If a reasonable explanation wasn’t provided, we made one up. Understanding why a painful thing happened can help us avoid or prevent it from happening again. It is common...
The 100 Pound Backpack

The 100 Pound Backpack

Photo by Mark Gleeson from Pexels Living with unhealed emotional wounds is like running a marathon without knowing you’re strapped to a hundred-pound backpack. I didn’t know I was handicapped by my unhealed past. I really believed that because I had survived it, there...
Not Broken

Not Broken

Photo by Ikowh Babayev from Pexels We’re not really broken. I know it can feel that way.  It can feel hopeless. But it’s not. You can break the cycle. Doing so may be the most important thing you ever do in your life. I came from a long line of...
Healthy Skepticism

Healthy Skepticism

Image by PicsbyFran from Pixabay My family had moved again, this time to Great Falls, Montana. When I learned we were moving, I felt both fear and relief. The previous year had been traumatizing and I was happy that we were moving. But Montana? I had never even seen a...
Fixing the Unfixable

Fixing the Unfixable

Photo by Thiago Matos from Pexels Many who grew up in scary and unsafe homes believe they are broken and unfixable. Here’s what I believe. You, me, and everyone else were born as perfect, whole, and complete human beings. But some of us were born into lives that had...