Trauma, Addiction & Post-Traumatic Growth

by Rebecca A. Watson on November 20, 2014

in Recovery

So Sante and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary this week by sitting at home sick on the couch together. While I hate being sick, like we’ve said to eachother today, there’s no one I’d rather be stuck on the couch with for a week.

santa cruz wedding

Awwww … we’re two very lucky people.

So instead of a long post today, I’m taking care of myself. But I did want to share this incredible video I watched last night. (I’ll link to it here, since for whatever reason those of you who get my posts via email don’t get the video embedded.)

It’s all about the science and psychology behind trauma and addiction. There’s even something called post-traumatic growth, which in the case of this video, he illustrates by talking about J.R.R. Tolkien. Um, hello? This guy is definitely speaking my language.

Fascinating stuff and well done, with enough graphics to keep me interested. I love the idea of post-traumatic growth. I’d like to think I’ve done a lot of that. Now if only I can harness that to write something as epic as The Lord of the Rings. Then, my friends, life would be even sweeter than it is now.

What do you think about the video? If you’ve dealt with trauma or addiction or both, did it speak to you?

P.S. If you haven’t already, get in on my money spell by donating to my friend Mir’s fund. If you can’t donate, please share. I’ll cast a luck spell for anyone who shares.


I’m Casting a Money Spell on Saturday. Want In?

by Rebecca A. Watson on November 17, 2014

in goals, life, love, magic

I’m taking a break this week from my Monday Morning Pages because I have something important I want to share with you. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming next week.

This Saturday is a new moon. For me that means sowing seeds (prayers, spells, whatever you want to call them) that I’d like to grow as the full moon approaches. Different witches have different ideas for when the best time to cast a spell is; for me, it’s the new moon.

Those who’ve read my blog for awhile know I’m not into advertising or asking for much. I don’t use affiliate links and only share things I would use/do/read myself. I also don’t use my spells to garner support. My witchcraft is generally very personal — I cast the odd spell for all of humanity, but most often they’re used for me or people I know well.

I am making an exception this week. A dear friend of mine Mirjam lost her fiancé recently. He died unexpectedly after exercising one night. These two had the kind of love you could feel radiating off them. Big Love. The whole ordeal is heartbreaking.

miri n michi

Not only did she lose her lover and best friend, she lost part of her financial support. Her teacher training salary will not allow her to stay in her home. After this final year of teacher training, she will be eligible for a job with higher pay, and she’ll be able to afford the rent.

To help her out, we’ve created a GoFundMe page to raise the money she needs. None of us want to see her have to move during such a stressful time. Plus moving can be so expensive, it never seems to save much money, does it?

I will be casting the money spell on Saturday afternoon, and anyone who donates to Miri’s cause will be included in the spell. No donation is too small. Even if we don’t reach our goal, she will keep all money raised.

I generally get 600 or so visitors on my Monday Morning Pages each day, so if we could each donate 5 bucks, the campaign would be done today.

For those of you who can’t spare the cash right now — I’ve been there. I know how hard it can be to stretch a budget — I’m also casting a luck spell for anyone who shares the link. It’s super easy.


For those of you who are skeptical of spells, I say donate and share anyway. I could try to convince you by telling you that I’ve paid for emergency room bills, come up with cash for rent deposits when I was broke or received checks at the most opportune moments because of my rituals, but I don’t think that’s necessary.

There are plenty of other reasons to donate: Helping your fellow (wo)man, good karma, being a philanthropist, you have a little cash burning a hole in your pocket. BUT know that I’ve donated, so this spell isn’t purely selfless.

There are some seriously cute brown boots I’ve been eyeing at the store, so a few extra bucks in my bank account would do me some good too. I could use a good money spell. I’m sure you could too. So skip the fancy latte today and donate now. I guarantee you’ll see a return later :)



“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

I wrote last week about how this time of year has been a bit of a struggle for me, year after year. Yes, there have been reasons in the past. This year, not so much. I’ve been blessed. But still the darkness comes.

But this time it’s different. I’m trying to get to know it. Invite it to tea, as one of my friends said. And this song has been rolling around in my mind a lot lately. In fact, the whole album, Secondhand Rapture, is like a soundtrack for my dark journey now.

In 2012 I wrote this:

Last night I had a dream where Sante was flying a plane and we were running out of gas and we were kinda in a fog but he landed it perfectly. I am not 100% but I’m pretty sure I had a similar dream with fog and an airplane a few nights ago too.

I think it’s about you two navigating some pretty mysterious secrets and end up being OK although it might seem dire. Exactly.

And we did end up navigating some big things in that year. There was the abuse I was processing, the sadness of losing my grandmother and part of my family, the darkness that came up because of all that. In 2013:

I’m letting go — I’m choosing to put down the burden and the pain I’ve been carrying around in terms of … what? In terms of your abuse? You think you can let that go? You don’t even know the whole story. I’m never going to know the whole story. Trying to find it has only caused me heartache.

I don’t know. I’ve never done this before. Well, I say take it fucking easy. You have a lot on your plate. One thing at a time. Just breath. You will be fine. You will be amazing. You ARE amazing.

Now I feel like the darkness this time is OK. It’s like I have a map or something. Hell, I clearly have a map if I’m already making the soundtrack. Here’s what I wrote today to a friend who asked how I’ve been.

Still a little low but MUCH better than in the past few weeks. I also have been coming to a lot of poignant realizations that I think wouldn’t be surfacing if I wasn’t allowing myself to just be … well, sad.

I’ve always struggled to get through my depression — to “manage” it for me meant to get rid of it. This time I am trusting that it will move along on its own, knowing that I’m doing what I need to do to stay healthy, and I’m learning some things. Whew! Yeah, so there’s that :)

It’s a great feeling, to not be scared of your emotions anymore. This is the first time I’ve not freaked out about being down. I know I’ll move through this; I’m doing the right things. And in the meantime, oh lord are the realizations coming hard and fast? Yes, without a doubt. And I say, bring ‘em on.

Wondering what this Monday Morning Pages thing is all about? Read how it started. Or check out all the archives

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