Restoring Broken Branches

Lessons in Walking Away from Trauma

  • Why the Hard Work of Healing is Worth It

    February 5, 2020 by

    “Don’t complain about what you can’t change” is one of my husband’s favorite sayings. You’re probably asking yourself, “What kind of person has that as a favorite saying?” I KNOW. I LIVE WITH HIM. He’s so weird! I prefer sayings like, “Might as well eat another cookie and make it an even dozen.” But Adam… Read more

  • The Purpose of Imperfection

    October 10, 2019 by

    Do you know how useful imperfection is? I’ve found several uses for it in my own life. I use mistakes to prove that: I’m not as capable as other people I’m not as a good of a mom as other women I’m not worthy of deep relationships I should give up on a goal, since… Read more

  • Be a Stand Up Guy

    September 24, 2019 by

    It is dawn, and Jesus has shown up early to church. As a crowd gathers around Him, He sits down to teach them. Soon a disturbance erupts. A group of men, teachers themselves, drag a woman through the temple grounds. They force her to stand in the thick of the crowd, in front of Jesus,… Read more

  • A Love Letter to Perfectionists

    September 18, 2019 by

    Dear Perfectionists, I know you’re busy, because well, you’re ALWAYS busy, but I’ve got something important for you to hear. So please take a minute and sit down to read this. No, like literally sit down. STOP TRYING TO MULTITASK AND JUST SIT DOWN FOR A MINUTE. Ooooh, see doesn’t that feel great?! This will… Read more

  • Shoving Shame Out the Door

    September 11, 2019 by

    Picture this: you are cruising along on the highway and your car, Umberto, breaks down. After the car is towed and dismantled and analyzed, the mechanic calls and tells you good news: It’s fixable! He then tells you the price, and you promptly pass out on the floor. You are panicking. You can’t afford this.… Read more

  • An Introduction

    August 14, 2019 by

    Survival is insufficient. – Station eleven, by emily st john mandel Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I will be writing regularly for the Eve Center, a nonprofit women’s center here in Cincinnati, so I thought I’d share those articles here as well. Nothing fancy, just posts focused on overcoming difficult or traumatic pasts. Rather… Read more

  • When Death is Calling

    January 10, 2020 by

    Have you ever felt the call of death? Not in a cry-for-help way, or even in a suicidal way…just a relief way. I have been carrying the weight of sexual trauma for almost thirty years now. I have been actively dealing with this trauma and seeking healing for it for almost a decade. And I… Read more

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