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​​Kristy McMorlan​​
Author / Photographer

Fear can conquer you, or you can conquer fear.

Can Mental Illness and organized religion coexist? Kristy believes it can, and it's time to eradicate the shame frequently associated with a diagnosis within the spectrum of Mental Health . This kind of pronouncement isn't always a Spiritual condition, as some would like to think, and the stigma isn't helping.
Church societies appear to have a harder time realizing that Mental Illness is a valid medical diagnosis, and can live within any relationship causing analogous damage in our Christian Family and Walks. Let’s look at this innovatively, who doesn’t know someone who struggles with Depression ? Etc.  Undiagnosed and/or unacknowledged Mental Illness can be a predecessor within any hardship; therefore, it’s time to awaken The Church to frequently disregarded subjects:  Church Hurts , and Mental Illness .  

In her book, "TREASURES in The Trash" Kristy shares her mother's journey into Schizophrenia , and writes a tribute to her mother. As an aid in removing the stigma surrounding Mental Health struggles. She believes, her mother’s issues were a consequence of the unfavorable environments she continuously found herself within; she was misunderstood and had faulty guidance.

Kristy courageously links her own story of perseverance, in overcoming psychological trauma; a childhood damaged by lies, secrets, and scandal. These were the predecessor to Kristy's ​Complex post-traumatic stress disorder aka: 
C-PTSD ; how her childhood situation affected her own Mental Health. Kristy valiantly shares her journey of overcoming Codependency and C-PTSD that was established within her childhood and was trigger through her ex-Church Leader's unkind actions.
​​"A problem cannot be solved without understanding it."

-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"
“A person often
meets his destiny
on the road
he took to avoid it.”

-Jean De La Fontaine
Fables Book VIII (1678–1679), Fable 16 (1621-1695)
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"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies Inside of you.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
​(1803 - 1882) 

Kristy McMorlan's
Church Hurt

Kristy was content living her life quietly full of acquiescent behavior; yet, she didn't think the traumatic recessed memories , from her childhood, should have reemerged through the unkindness displayed within her former Church Community. Flashbacks frequently lead abuse survivor’s reactions; but, that doesn't mean all abuse survivors are harmful. Therefore, Kristy travels uncharted waters as she shares her mom's and her own story of: How they both became victimized; neither were harmful.

Through Kristy’s published book she’d like to share how God healed her, the unassuming girl in the back of the classroom. Who feared her own shadow and wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. Because the eyes are a window into the soul, and Kristy didn’t want anyone to know her home life was a beast; she wanted to contain the monster. Aa mature adult Kristy discovered the animal’s name: C-PTSD. Until she became familiar with the brute, Kristy felt worthless; without any commendable contributions. That's how a victim views themselves, who struggles with psychological abuse.

Kristy found herself in a Church Hurt, which left her broken by the very place that should show Grace ; instead, she was victimized once again. When Kristy was forcibly removed from her service position, within her former Church Community, Kristy’s overwhelming grief needed to find a healthy outlet and photography became a source of healing; her Church Hurt was devastating. ​​The reality is: Trauma within a Church environment can and often does happen. As a result, Kristy witnessed a slow methodical overshadowing disconnection within several Church Communities; gone is the personal connectiveness many of us desire within our own Church Family. People appear afraid of being wounded emotionally, and have no clue how to overcome those fears.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Kirsty McMorlan's 
Photography Adventures

One of Kristy's favorite things to do is: Place “hikers” on her feet and take a trek; preferably to photograph God’s mighty splendor. After many years of giving her “hobby” lots of attention she realized: She had many incredible memories, and lots of photographs. Then it became a question, “What does she do with all these photographs?”

At this point Kristy has no grandiose idealisms about earning money, while doing an activity she loves. Kristy simply likes to admire God’s natural beauty, while she also appreciates other people’s photos. She decided, it was time to throw her photography into the assortment.

Now that she's part of several social media sites Kristy realizes other people can produce more fabulous works of art than she does. Although people have conveyed, repeatedly, she has an eye for producing a magnificent product. You can decide that for yourself by looking at more of her photography on Kristy's Photograhy Page. She has no fancy camera, lens, or editing program; Kristy does have a passion which was born through adversity.

  1. Lower McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
    Lower McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  2. Middle McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
    Middle McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  3. Upper McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
    Upper McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  4. Ceder Creek Grist Mill, Woodland, Washingtion
    Ceder Creek Grist Mill, Woodland, Washingtion
  5. Lower Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
    Lower Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
  6. Near Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
    Near Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
  7. Schreiner's Iris Farm, Salem, Oregon
    Schreiner's Iris Farm, Salem, Oregon
  8. Tamanawas Falls, Mt Hood, Oregon
    Tamanawas Falls, Mt Hood, Oregon
  9. Sahalie Falls, McKenzie River, Oregon
    Sahalie Falls, McKenzie River, Oregon
  10. Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
    Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
  11. Near Proxy Falls, McKenzie Pass, Oregon
    Near Proxy Falls, McKenzie Pass, Oregon
  12. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
    Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
  13. Abiqua Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
    Abiqua Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
  14. Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
    Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
  15. Wild Deer, Central Oregon
    Wild Deer, Central Oregon
Get Acquainted with Kristy McMorlan
Kristy discovered several years ago that she loves to write; however, social media has its blessings and curses. A quick text, FB post, Tweet , Blog, or Email keeps her connected to others, but gone is eye contact, reading of body language, and personal interaction; such as a hug.

People can send an emoji along with their correspondence, to convey a feeling or even soften their words. But gone is the relational connective aspect many of us desire in our own life.

Social media keeps us connected to people we love outside our ability to chat in person with, because their, or our life, is overwhelmingly full. Or, perhaps miles and distance keep us apart. Our life is made easier to find new people and keep connected with the old; nevertheless, in many ways disconnected. 

Kristy recognizes social media allows people a peek into her life, and frequently as a result they seemingly want more of the surface Kristy; her photography, a glance at her paintings, or a look into Kristy's husband's projects, the story behind the photography, an adorable story about their four-legged children, etc Although, the element of verbal social connectedness isn't felt in social media. There's a whole lot more to Kristy than what she conveys through Social Media, and sometimes she yearns for this part of her to be connected to others. Then God called Kristy to write her story for His glory: To expose she struggled with:  Amnesia from horrific childhood experiences, which was revisited through present day unkindness within context of a religious environment.
"In all reality some things cannot be fixed; you can only accept them for what they are, while learning from it and living with it."

-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"