when your recovery goes to second grade

I remember pretty much everything about October 25th, 2011.

I remember being called out of class during 3rd period band. I remember spending over an hour sitting across from my school guidance counselor – picking at the Band-Aids on my wrist. I remember leaving her office for a period while she called my mom – not knowing what to tell my classmates who asked why I had missed the last class. I remember my volleyball game after school. I remember watching my mom walk into the gym – knowing she knew. But more than anything I remember being scared. Scared because self-harm was no longer a secret. Scared because I knew there were a lot of conversations I had been avoiding ahead. Scared because I didn’t know where we would go from here.

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tomorrow needs me. and it needs you too.

If you know me, you know about To Write Love On Her Arms. I’m not going to go into all that they do, you can just click here. Every year they run an incredible campaign for Suicide Prevention Week. This year the message they are spreading is “tomorrow needs you”. It is three words. It is simple, to the point. It doesn’t necessarily sound like anything groundbreaking. And yet it is important. It is the idea that the world would be different if we weren’t here – that tomorrow would miss us. The idea that we are valued, loved, and needed.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and so to honor TWLOHA’s campaign this year, I am sharing a few of the reasons tomorrow needs me.

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long time no see

Holy HECK has it been awhile since I sat down to write a blog post. But I’m back! I am excited about this upcoming semester at Colgate and the ideas I have for this blog over the next few months. Today I figured I’d just pop in, touch base, let you all know what the past month looked like for me, and (hopefully) get you all as excited as I am for the upcoming weeks and months on this blog and ~ beyond ~

We are going to do this week in my life style – aka with pictures –

So … the past month of my summer picking up from where we left off …

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week in my life #6 & #7

It blows my mind a little bit that this is already weeks 6 and 7 of this series and of this summer. I took a break from last week because life just got kind of crazy. But don’t worry – I’ve included pictures from the last two weeks in this post. AND I promise you it will be made up in the coming weeks – I have been working on some pretty exciting things if I do say so myself. So get excited y’all!

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what gets you out of bed in the morning?

what gets you out of bed in the morning? what inspires you? what motivates you?

I don’t really remember how I got the idea for this article. It’s been sitting in a word document full of ideas for many months now and when I was planning out articles for this summer I knew this was one I wanted to finally bring to life. Because wouldn’t it be kinda cool to see what people have to say? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a list of what gets people up in the morning – a list of inspiration and motivation and passion and drive? I think it would be. And I think this is it.

I don’t want to talk too much in this little introduction because this isn’t an article about me. It’s an article about you, about us. Working on this article has left me more motivated and more inspired than I have been in a very long time. I am blown away by the honesty and the courage that is shared in each one of these entries and I feel humbled that people shared with me and with this blog and this community. I want to thank everyone who participated in this blog post and helped to make it a reality. This quite obviously could not have been done without you and I am so grateful that you all choose to be part of this.


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please stay

This wasn’t what I was going to post today. In fact, I had pretty much the opposite article planned for today. Today I was supposed to post a fun article, a lighthearted article, about a favorite brunch spot – the first in a summer series of food spotlights. But quite frankly, that article doesn’t seem to matter much right now. Right now we have something bigger to talk about.

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