When You’re Hurting in the Holidays

November 23, 2016By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 2 Comments

Have you ever felt like just skipping over the holiday season altogether? Does your heart ache while those around you are rejoicing during Thanksgiving and Christmas? Do you find yourself anxious, depressed, or experiencing pure dread when you consider this time of year? Can I just say that you are not alone? The holidays are … Read More

If I Told You My Story

November 3, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk 11 Comments

Have you ever heard a song that just wouldn’t go away? The lyrics seep into your soul and evoke an emotion that is hard to shake… the melody rings in your heart as your mind begins to stir and sleep runs away and hides in the early morning hours. That’s what’s been happening with me … Read More

Last Row on the Plane

September 15, 2015By AthenaAthena Dean Holtz, Real Talk No Comments

Tight spaces do not bring out the best in me. Flying to Dallas via San Antonio and then back was an interesting twist of emotions. First off, on my Seattle to San Antonio leg I got my normal aisle seat. However, I felt like I was one of many sardines squished into a can. It … Read More