Dominica is a freelance writer and mental health and addiction recovery advocate.

She is the author of Recycle Your Pain: It Has a Purpose, Self-Care Matters: A Devotional, and Her Pain, It Shapes Her World, a collection of poems.

She’s been featured in a variety of publications, including Elephant Journal, Mind Body Green, Sober Recovery, All About Counseling, Acts of Greatness, Hart 2020, and more. She’s well-educated, but says she learned her most valuable life lessons navigating through trials and tribulations.

THE PAIN, IT SHAPES HER WORLD, is a full-length debut collection of two hundred poems, musings, and reveries. Composed during a time of intense self and spiritual discovery, it’s a steady stream of conscious thoughts and emotions evolving from the pain of a broken heart, disillusionment of a perfect life, and hope for a spirit of healing and restoration. It encapsulates mourning. It dreams magic. It travels through the dark night before the rise of a beautiful dawn. Journey with me at my most vulnerable state. You’ll see grief, you’ll see hope. You’ll see a woman wobbling on life’s tightrope. Perhaps you’ll bear witness to your own inner struggles as you read, and if so, may you find comfort and healing for your own journey. 
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A Prayer For When The Struggle Is Real

A Prayer For When The Struggle Is Real Sometimes life feels as if it’s out of control. The struggle. Thoughts racing. Worries mounting. Sleepless nights. Trials and tribulations seem to be lurking around way too many corners, right? Check out the rest of this post...

Midlife Career Change? I Feel Ya.

Starting A New Career In Middle AgeI’ve talked to a handful of middle-aged women recently who have the desire to change careers but either don’t know what they want to do or they’re afraid of making the change.I understand.  Changing your career in midlife or later...

Midlife Blues: Do My Knees Look Old To You?

I recently sent a Snapchat to my children of my knees. I was sitting outside enjoying a gorgeous day when I looked down and saw…aging knees.By old, I mean I didn’t recognize them. They just seemed “off”. Wrinkly. Baggy. Knobby.Not the kind of knees I’d been accustomed...

Is This It? Or Is There More To This Life Than Pain?

Is This It? Or Is There More To This Life Than Pain?There’s no doubt we’re living in a world of extremes. Time seems to be speeding up and paradigms are crumbling; just look at politics and religions.  Things are far different than they used to be. With so much...

Hello. How Is Your Spirit Doing? 

It's easy to greet each other with a "Hello. How are you?" And we usually get the common "Hey! I'm good. How are you?" But I hope that we'll become a society that goes deeper with each other, and start asking, "How are you REALLY doing? How is your spirit doing"...

Inner Healing Work: What Is It + Why People Fear It

Inner Healing Work: What Is It + Why People Fear It   If you spend time with me, you’ll most likely hear me talk about doing your “inner healing work”. But many people don’t really understand what it means to do inner work.  Sure, they know about therapists and...

Ah, Come On, Menopausal God. Give Me Something Here

Ah, Come On, Menopausal God. Give Me Something HereRemember the days of PMS? When you felt as if you were crawling out of your skin? Progesterone and estrogen levels erratically surging, making you feel as if you either want to either hide away in your room and sob...

Proclaiming Freedom From Codependency For All

Proclaiming Freedom From Codependency For All You’re my cave to hide in,    my cliff to climb.Be my safe leader,    be my true mountain guide.Free me from hidden traps;    I want to hide in you.I’ve put my life in your hands.    You won’t drop me,    you’ll never let...

What Is Codependency?

What Is Codependency? Ok, ok, just what is codependency? It's a question I hear a lot. Codependency is essentially defined as an unhealthy attachment to a person. It’s a “dependency” on another in a way that’s not really very healthy. It is a term that came out from...

We Are Enough: Do You Believe That?

  What Are We Here For? Codependency is a popular term, but it's outdated.  It's oftentimes misunderstood.  And, some people go throughout life thinking they have this "condition" that will always be a thorn in their side. I'm a firm believer that we are not...

Unlock The Power of Meditation

Unlock the Power of Meditation   “All I know is that when I can sit in nature, listening to the birds and feeling the wind on my skin, life feels right. I feel right.” The mind sure can busy itself with thoughts, huh?  Thought after thoughts turning on the wheel,...

Madly In Love Or Just Mad?

Madly In Love or Just Mad? “We used to be madly in love, but now we’re just mad all the time. Crazy, right?” Falling in love is beautiful, isn't it?  I can say for myself the process of falling in love makes me feel like I can do anything! There are reasons why...

Thought Awareness And Reframing Exercise

Thought Awareness and Reframing Part of emotional healing requires us to revisit past memories, perhaps even feeling some of the negative feelings associated with such. Today, let me show you a quick technique that has helped me get in the habit of becoming more of an...