No Contact is a term I didn’t even grasp at the time I decided to do it. So for better or worse, I didn’t know what to expect when I went NC…
When my sisters and I were kids, my parents needed to use some creative thinking to make us eat our veggies — especially Brussels sprouts.
Letting go is an important step of healing, but one we often do not mark or celebrate. Creating a ceremony when you are ready to let go of pain, is amazing.
I really like Harry Potter. So much so that I even wrote an essay on the series for my Children’s Literature Class at uni — I got a good mark for it, too! I always joke that Harry and Ron even attended my graduation in Glasgow (see picture). So being the enthusiastic reader of the books that […]
When I finally started coming to terms with the emotional abuse that I grew up with, journaling, and therewith writing, really became a lifeline.
One way I like to reflect on my healing journey is to look back over my own writing. It gives me glimpses of how far I’ve come.
It occurs to me that people want survivors to just “get over it”. The healing is superficial as the emphasis is not on being well, but on being well enough.
This month at SwanWaters, we’re looking at confrontation. And where possible, we are shining a light on one of the more nuanced subcategories of this topic: difficult conversations. From being unable to avoid talking to your abusive ex to talking with a friend who has hurt your feelings, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find […]
The normalization of toxic relationships goes beyond just that. These toxic dynamics are also celebrated. No wonder we are confused!
Do you know someone who’s so afraid of conflict that they’ll just not make any decisions or voice any opinions? This is utterly unaccommodating behavior.