Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Dwellers!

We had another encouraging week with Marcy and Christie sharing their journeys through the trench of anxiety. Their honest stories filled me with hope that I can find ways to cope with and conquer my own anxiety and fears. Visit the blog to read their stories and leave a note of encouragement in the comments.

This week, we are continuing the mental health discussion with the Abbs Family. Steve, Carrie and their teenage daughter, Meredith, all share their trench stories of battling anxiety and depression—an important reminder that some trenches affect more than one person in a family. For the Abbs family, all three of them dealt with mental health issues within a few years of each other. They give us three different perspectives on mental illness—as well as three different perspectives of hope.

In February, our Do You? series is turning towards relationships and marriage. Do you and your significant other have a trench story to share with us from two different perspectives? Have you overcome obstacles together? Or did you suffer through a major trench together? We are hoping to offer a month of stories from two different voices; get started by filling out a quick form to tell us about your story.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

History was made this past week with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Unfortunately, with it has come great divide, hate, confusion, and fear. Some women are excited and supportive of the new President, while some women chose to march for their rights and equality.

I do not know what side of the fence you land on and wanted to take the time to say again that Stories from the Trenches is for ALL WOMEN.Trenches, obstacles, and life's hardships do not care what color your skin is. Do not care if you are rich or poor. Do not care if you are a Christian or an Atheist, Republican or Democrat.

Life's awfulness doesn't just hit and knock down some of us; in fact, no one is excluded from heartache and hardship. We are women first, trying our best and trying to get back up when we are knocked down. Stories from the Trenches is for all women to feel encouraged, loved, and supported.

Featured Forums

This week, we will be hearing stories about the trenches of mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. But the stories are just the start—continue the support, conversation and encouragement in the blog comments and in the forums:

Recent Stories and Resources

This week, we heard stories from women who battle anxiety and depression on a daily basis—stories of struggle but also hope. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those in this trench of anxiety, no matter how far along you are. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

Recommendations for Music, Books, Websites, and Apps →

Finding Faith in Darkness

My battle with anxiety and depression started in childhood. I grew up with a narcissistic mother, and I was always under the impression something was wrong with me. My mother felt I needed to suck it up and be stronger. I always felt inferior to other people, wanting to fix what was wrong but never knowing how.

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A Weight at Your Feet

It took me awhile to come forward about my anxiety—anxiety that has gripped my life and affected the lives of those around me for so many years. My fears about what people might think of me went through my head over and over again.

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