Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I took this photograph last summer in my yard. Shasta Daisy “Becky” is one of my favorites. I remember laying in the grass when I was a young girl picking daisies and plucking the petals off one by one….”He loves me, he loves me not….”  So much anticipation; all pinning on the hope that the petals would reveal that I would be loved. Deep beneath the obvious romantic hopes for a future love was the deep longing hope that I really was loved; that there was more to this life than pain and abuse.”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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11 responses to “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”

  1. crazyguyinthailand Avatar



  2. Queenie Avatar

    Wow what a beautiful picture! I love it! Thank you for sharing x


  3. manthestorm3 Avatar

    Thanks for the hope and wonderful photograph


    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you.


  4. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    your photo is stunning and I can relate to your history. I would highly recommend readiong Mary DeMuth’s new book ‘Not Marked’ which is available on Amazon.


    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      I added that book to my Amazon wish list. Thank you for the recommendation.


  5. mariagbco Avatar

    love it! ❤


  6. Richard Avatar

    The somber hues of the image beautifully complement your words. Well done!


  7. anthonyworkman Avatar

    Whole story is beautiful, complementing a beautiful photo


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