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: “Our Red-Bud started blooming… they are so beautiful and so small. It’s easy to overlook them, they are such an understated flower. I enjoy looking at the world this way… through the branches of some tree or other. I love getting lost in the details – in the minute color ranges and textures of bark, petals, leaves… Beauty is incredible, the way it warms our heart and makes us feel like we have more room to breathe. I love how looking at beauty in nature can make me feel more alive.

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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12 thoughts on “Blooming

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  1. I can testify to the healing powers of writing, journalling and certainly, blogging. They do help as I have found out for myself. I hope to be sharing this post on my own blog: if you don’t mind as I think your message offers hope and comfort. I believe in the power of nature and in how much it can teach us along with writing, mental health and well-being. I’ve written a bit of all this on my own blog. Take good care of yourself.

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  2. That’s super pretty. It looks like something alien, some creature dangling off the branch.

    Glad to hear you are achieving a healthier you. Your vision sounds lovely, and I have to agree that beauty does lighten things and make it easier to breathe and just be. I can appreciate your interest in all things trees, they are certainly fascinating.

    Thanks for sharing.


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