Living in the Grey

Elizabeth Geffers Quote November.jpgWhen depression upturned my world like a tornado, I retreated into a world of black and white thinking. It was a familiar, “safe” place where I could feel some control over my chaotic world. It was my comfort zone.

I liked the certainty of categorizing certain things as “good” and “bad,” particularly myself and my behavior. I liked the comfort of categorizing myself as either “in a depressive episode” or “free from depression” at any given time. I was most “comfortable” when I was either pushing myself as hard as possible or collapsing and letting myself give up completely. Read More

Journeying Through Discomfort

Sebastian T quoteThe worst day of my life was a Sunday morning. It was the Sunday morning I tried to admit myself to the psychiatric ward of Maudsley Hospital in London.

In the end I wasn’t admitted but I spoke to a psychiatric nurse for two hours about what I was experiencing. I remember I asked the nurse how I could ever be “right” again. How could I ever move on after the traumatic, distressing, intrusive thoughts I was having felt like they had permanently damaged me? Read More

Life Begins In Your (Healthy) Comfort Zone

Sarah Van De Weert Nov image.jpgMost people I’ve heard talk about comfort zones have always spoken about them in a negative manner, as if they are something to be completely removed from your life because they put limitations on one’s ability to achieve or because being comfortable with life means not living at all.

A phrase I have heard — and believed — until this point in my life is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Entering into treatment for my depression and eating disorder was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life and forced me out of my comfort zone. Read More




Finding Our Faith in Anger

Lindsay A - anger towards godI have always had an open, no holds-barred relationship with God. I keep nothing from Him, hide no thoughts, and I don’t sugar coat anything. I believe He loves me, every day, without condition, in every state. Even when I’m sad, selfish, bitchy, or unappreciative, I know that God is there, ever watchful, always listening.

Today, I am angry with God.

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Being Uncomfortable Means We’re Growing

Josh Shook Nov qupte.jpgFrom an early age we are bombarded with the idea that the goal in life is to be comfortable. As soon as we get that promotion, as soon as we get married, as soon as life settles down, then we can relax and enjoy life.

What takes many of us so long to learn is there is always an excuse. There will always be things vying for our attention. Life never settles down, but that is good news because being uncomfortable means we are growing. Read More

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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Kelsi: Free from Alcoholism

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Sylwek: Free from Bulimia

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Originally published February 8, 2013.  After a long period of starving myself, I went from being morbidly obese to losing about one third of my weight. But one…

Brooke: Free from Finding Value in Numbers

Friday, October 17, 2014

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a very self-conscious person. It’s possible it was caused by society, or maybe by my critical father (whom I…

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