Suffering in silence isn’t “Strength.”

It’s survival mode. And it’s time to break out of it.

All my life, I’ve consistently been praised for my strength. I’ve been praised for my ability to endure, to keep going, to keep fighting, despite any number of things that could have destroyed me.

(It’s not just love)

“What the world needs now… is love, sweet love…”

All the way back in 1965, Jackie DeShannon released that song containing lyrics literally everyone would come to know and sing in their heads even as they read them above now.

Those words will never be less…

You never know how strong you are until you’re put in hot water.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

I think it’s safe to say that doesn’t just apply to women…

Home is the place you build for yourself when you’re tired of being in pain.


The smoke these past couple weeks did me in far more than I anticipated. It reawakened a pain in my chest I haven’t felt since before my divorce, a pain I neither asked for, nor…

What a Hogwarts mug taught me about the importance of memories

I’m sitting with my cat on my lap and warm coffee in my Hogwarts mug. It’s a Friday morning after an 11-hour day at work Thursday, and the caffeine hasn’t hit my system yet, but its heat is soothing.

Life isn’t fair. But we’re warriors — we’ll make it through.

Good Lord, this year has been tough, you guys. That’s all I keep thinking — Good Lord, this is a tough year. There’s no way around it. We started with fires at the beginning of the year, and we’ve…

And why it can be so tiring.

Sometimes, doing the right thing can be exhausting. The time it takes to hesitate long enough to sort out the consequences — mentally fumbling through what you know vs what you think you know, second-guessing yourself, fighting your intuition as the temptation to…

Stories of COVID-19

My name’s Julia. I’m a writer, and these are my COVID-19 weekly letters of encouragement.

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