In a world full of gimmicks and filtered lives, is it even possible to be real anymore? Maybe honesty is overrated these days.
NO WAY! I believe honesty and vulnerability are the two defining factors in establishing a life that energizes you instead of depletes you.
I am all about the honest, the real, and the raw truth. Being willing to be honest about our own stories will help our culture get comfortable discussing difficult topics and used to starting honest conversations about things nobody likes to talk about, but everyone needs to talk about.
Domestic violence, mental illness, divorce, suicide, grief, tragedy, loss, disappointment… Life is worth living through the pain.
WHERE TO START: Here or here. My first blog after my ex-husband/abuser/baby daddy, Tyrel’s suicide was October 15, 2016. That begins the one-year real-time documentation of my life unraveling and the reconstruction that followed.
I am an advocate and a voice to the ones who forgot how to speak. Life is full of pain and sometimes it can shock us into silence. Every beating heart has a story behind it and telling these stories is what keeps us tethered to the people and world around us. We are all human. We have all experienced pain. We are all capable of connection. So, let’s get on with this business of LIVING.
I am a proud Texan and mom of two incredibly active and hilarious children. I spend my life exploring the world with them. Life is beautiful through the eyes of children, and it’s worth every bit of the mess.
Here’s where you can get MaryBeth’s full story on my life after suicide:
Codependency is not a one-dimensional method of relating. I'm sure you've all heard a lot of different pieces of what it is or could be: dependency on another person financially, emotionally, or otherwise, losing oneself in another person, needing others to feel ok...read more
When I first discovered the key to life, I used the term relationships. Relationship to self and the world around me. But as I have chewed on this theory for seven years now, I have revised it. I believe the key to truly living has everything to do with our ability to...read more
When you belong to yourself, you stop asking for other people’s approval. When we have low self-worth, we can find ourselves in a desperate cycle of what I call “Are You My Mother Syndrome”. We ask all of our partners, friends, bosses, and acquaintances to tell us who...read more
If I was enough, what would I do? If I wasn’t trying to get someone, win approval, gain acceptance… how would I behave in “this” situation? This is a great question to ask when we’re learning how to stop self-rejecting. Sometimes the answer will be to lean in when you...read more
There’s a difference between putting up a wall and setting a boundary. Walls close people out. Boundaries allow access for relationship to continue. Walls are indicative of fear. We usually throw one up when we’re unsure of how to proceed in a healthy way that will...read more
When my neediness cycle reared its ugly head again in the form of another relationship ending, I got to thinking: How can I offer myself what I crave from other people? How can I give myself what I so desperately want from my partner? (Be careful, when you ask...read more
Ever since I was 15 (or younger), I have had so many questions about myself: Am I acceptable? What is my place in this world, in that person’s life? What should I be doing with my life? Do I deserve this or that? How can I feel fulfilled? What will make me happy? I...read more
I gave up on God. I didn’t pray. I didn’t believe. I didn’t try to understand him anymore. I was done with the God-games so I quit.read more
Disclaimer: (I know, always with the disclaimers! I’m just trying to protect you from the big, bad world of life gone wrong.) If the “F” word makes you wince, if other people’s pain scares you and if you don’t know how to handle hearing really stupid life stories...read more
I hate the smell of tears. This has been a hard week. I have had what I refer to as PTSD episodes where I find it extremely difficult to move past a traumatic memory when it crosses my mind. All the memories of the week of Tyrel’s death have been knocking this week....read more
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