The Rebirth of Phenomenal Me: Learning to Listen to My Body

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu Shoes off, bare feet, draw them clean across the rug at the door. Step one foot over the threshold, and the other to meet it. I am entering sacred space. Where sole meets soul. I find my place, lay […]

SISTERS IN MENTAL ILLNESS #2: What Not to Say

Today Shaley and Abby Norman talk about both helpful and unhelpful things you can you tell someone with mental illness. Shaley has a diagnosis of bipolar 1 and Abby with clinical depression. Together they share a glimpse into their messy and beautiful minds. Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video. […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: How to Ask for Help

Sisters in Mental Illness is a new vlog series where Shaley has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where one in four people struggle with a mental health disorder, so these conversations are very important. We will share ALL […]

Jesus and Lexapro

[Trigger warning: Content includes mention of depression and suicide.] I am 34 years old. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I was 12. I attempted suicide twice. A psychiatrist later confirmed I had C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) from events in my childhood and later, in my years spent serving in missions overseas. After the […]

When You Live in the Fear of Inevitability

I sat quietly in the exam room, waiting. The walls were a dull, slate grey, a far cry from the waiting room full of natural sunlight and designer furniture specifically arranged to make us forget where we were. There were no windows in this exam room, no pictures. The small stack of magazines on a […]