Running Through Life

Let me take you back to the beginning, where my running story all started. My running journey began in middle school. I tried sports with a ball, but honestly, I’m not very coordinated. However, I realized I could run. Running is very simple at a basic level.; one foot in the front of the other […]

Share Your Heart: Stories ~ Art ~ Pictures ~ Journal Pages

We have lots of exciting plans for our upcoming “For the One” Gala in October! The event is honoring the journeys of individuals and families through mental health and addiction struggles. Even if the battle was lost, it is a story that matters. To make these journeys more tangible, we are in need of journal […]

Time To Do Something Different?

“Texas ranks 50th out of 51 (including D.C.) in overall access to mental health care.”  Greg Hansch, NAMI (2021) Part of creating healthy, thriving communities is having access to the care for the people that live there. People are made of mind, body, and spirit. So the best environment has access to things like hospitals, […]

For the One Parent…With a Front Row Seat to Your Child’s Pain

Sometimes I look at the broken fragments of life and think there is no way that good will come. This especially applies to my perspective as a parent. When it boils down to it, I don’t want loneliness, pain, or heartbreak to be part of my child’s story. I want only friendship, success, joy, and […]

Courage ~ It’s Fear Walking

It has been my tendency to want to want the fear to go away before I do the walking. I think I will step out when… I know it is going to all come together. I have the reassurance that I won’t be rejected. I know it will make an impact. I believe I will […]

When is “Okay” not Okay?

I was recently in the Newark, NJ airport and my flight had been delayed for the 4th time.  There was a family of four near me – Dad, Mom, and two kids – 7-year-old boy/girl twins.  We chatted for a bit, and as I drifted back to my book I heard mom say, “Hey kids, […]

Together We Can Heal

One of the most common coping mechanisms for pain and struggle is denial. Just the thought of voicing the issue out loud brings a quickening of the heart due to anxiety and the gnawing of shame in the pit of our stomach. The story we tell ourselves is that if it stays locked inside our […]

How Do We Want to Close Out 2020?

Today we say goodbye to 2020. While we may not have the same stance on what 2020 should have been, I think we can all agree that it was a year that stretched us individually and collectively. For some, the tension led to growth and an openness to doing things in new ways. There was […]

Merry Christmas from Us

Love. We pray that each of you feel it’s presence today. We know for some there is celebration and joy and others there is grief because of a loss or a struggle. Regardless of where the day finds you, may you give yourself the gift of grace and love. Merry Christmas to each and every […]

Mental Health Matters

We do not just talk the talk about this as a family … we walk the walk. All four of us can tell you that it does make a difference to address your mental health. It is not something you have to feel shame about. And while your spiritual health is so important, spiritual and […]