We are okay.

I miss you. And we are all doing well. And that's what really gets to me. The fact that you are no longer in this world. Someone who made my life better every day - just by knowing you were out there, but no longer... And yet, we are all moving forward. Because life without … Continue reading We are okay.

Dissipate the Darkness

It's crazy how death and loss creates a wound. One that never fully heals. And like any wound can reopen at any moment. These awful moments in our life. The moments you used to think "that would never happen to me." But when it does you are shocked. The worst moments of our lives. When … Continue reading Dissipate the Darkness

Trauma in Action

Let's talk about trauma. Many people have experienced some form of trauma in their life, minor or major.  It can range from losing your childhood pet to grieving for the loss of an immediate family member. It could be having a sibling go through an armed robbery (secondary trauma) to yourself actually experiencing it. It … Continue reading Trauma in Action

Without them

It's like a ticking time bomb. One minute you are in the present. The next you are thrown into a memory. Not by choice. And you leave the present to be there. To experience it as if it is all that exists. It replays. It must have been triggered by something? Or maybe not? It … Continue reading Without them

To choose love

What do we all deserve and need in a relationship? Acceptance. The other must look at you and see the amazing qualities you have. And see you for your faults. And with those faults, they must accept. Not try to change or improve. They must look at ALL of you.  The good AND the bad. … Continue reading To choose love

One Half of Another

You may be wondering where the name "One Half of Another" came from. As many of you who have been following me know, my twin sister, Ryane passed away over three years ago in a tragic accident. To cope with her death, I began blogging to share what was on my heart and in the … Continue reading One Half of Another

Italia Travel – Florence Edition

From Venice, we took a two hour train ride to Florence. The ride was great; there was WiFi and they came around and gave us drinks and a snack. Make sure you know your stop because Florence is not the last stop, so we got off at the Stazione di Santa Maria Novella (or Firenza … Continue reading Italia Travel – Florence Edition

Italia Travel – Venice Edition

First off, Venice is beautiful even if it was pouring rain the whole day we were there. The history is extensive. The winding streets are beautiful. Helpful tip for you to know, if you are flying into “Venice” at VCE, you are not arriving on the island of Venice, you still have to take a … Continue reading Italia Travel – Venice Edition

My Built in Best Friend

Today is the three year anniversary of my sister, Ryane, leaving this world.  In her memory, here is my post from a week after she passed away.  Always remember ❤ My twin sister, Ryane (pronounced Ryan), passed away 11 days ago.  I am still in shock and feel as if I will be the rest … Continue reading My Built in Best Friend

How To: Listening

Life has truly been crazy with starting school (WHICH I LOVE, the classes are amazing), working part-time downtown Chicago AND part-time at the Children's Advocacy Center. So I am just going to leave you all with some food for thought that has been a theme in my classes this week: I want to recommend a … Continue reading How To: Listening