heat.

By nature, I prefer autumn and winter. I like sweaters, fireplaces, halloween, hot drinks, and long-simmered stews. There is something so magical and comforting to me about it. That said, I pretty much feel cold year-round, so I appreciate the spring/summer temperatures wholeheartedly. I like to feel the warmth of the sun. But I like … Continue reading heat.

hi, i’m tamara.

"What does it feel like?" he asked, while we hiked along Bear's Den through the pine needles and summer humidity. Strange. We'd only been friends for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, but I'd already told him some of my darkest secrets. Hesitating while I searched for the right words, I realized he was the … Continue reading hi, i’m tamara.

because of your faith.

"And so you became a model to all the believers...The Lord's message rang out from you...your faith in God has become known everywhere." - 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 "In all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith." - 1 Thessalonians 3:7 This week I have been reading through 1 Thessalonians … Continue reading because of your faith.

untitled.

If you have a story about mental illness—whether personal or concerning a loved one—please consider sharing your experience, either by writing a guest post, or doing an interview with me. Even if you aren’t at a place yet where you feel comfortable disclosing your name, the church body needs your voice. Let’s shine a light … Continue reading untitled.

listen.

If you have a story about mental illness—whether personal or concerning a loved one—please consider sharing your experience, either by writing a guest post, or doing an interview with me. Even if you aren’t at a place yet where you feel comfortable disclosing your name, the church body needs your voice. Let’s shine a light … Continue reading listen.

a safeguard.

This week I have been reading through Philippians, and I love how each time I visit a passage I get something new out of it -- generally depending on my circumstances and God knowing what I need to hear that day. Oftentimes I skim those introductory opening verses because they aren't really the "meat" of … Continue reading a safeguard.

control.

Ten years ago I left a college in Florida that I had attended for three semesters. I returned home to Virginia to start school at George Mason University in January of 2009. I was a nervous wreck. I constantly questioned why I had been brought back home, whether Mason was the right place for me, … Continue reading control.

merry christmas.

Merry Christmas! It's been a little over a year since I started the blog, and I have met so many wonderful people through it, in addition to getting to know more about my friends and family through their own mental illness experiences. If anything, I have learned that there are so many of us out … Continue reading merry christmas.

holiday traditions.

Six years ago Michael and I celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple. Growing up in a big but very close family, it was weird to let go of the holiday traditions I'd grown up doing, and work to figure out what would become mine and Michael's own traditions. Not that we didn't … Continue reading holiday traditions.

thankful body.

If you have an eating disorder, you know that recovery is not a one-and-done thing. I'm not talking about a treatment center or recovery program -- those can certainly be one-time things. I'm talking about the everyday, 24-7, constant reality of living with an eating disorder. There are moments when ED is quiet, but he … Continue reading thankful body.