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​​Kristy McMorlan​​
Author / Photographer

Fear can conquer you, or you can conquer fear.

Kristy McMorlan
​Kristy's tagline: “Fear can conquer you, or you can conquer fear” has helped her become an over-comer and publish her first book.

She's been an extra in a big screen movie and in a T.V. commercial. Hiked to the top of South Sister in central Oregon, a difficult 10,358-foot mountain, Lassen Peak a 10,457-foot mountain in California, and Black Crater a 7,251-foot VERY difficult hike in Central Oregon. Hiked eleven miles to Jefferson Parkway , and another day to Tunnel Falls . Hiked eighteen miles in a day to see as much of Yosemite National Park  as possible.

Rode in a hot air balloon, and white water rafted, when she hates heights and being immersed; the raft flipped. She's deep-sea fished on a Dory launched from Cape Kiwanda , Oregon, and rented pontoon boats for both Lake Murray S.C. and Detroit Lake, Oregon, even though she doesn't know how to swim.

Kristy's led a ministry, taught multiple Bible Studies, and became a T.E.A.M. leader in a local Celebrate Recovery Program.

Who Is Kristy McMorlan?

Kristy has been married to her husband for over forty-one-years. Together they have three grown children, their spouses, two grandchildren, and two four-legged fur children.

Kristy and her husband have found many ways to enjoy life together; they both love photography, hiking, camping, and rock hounding. She also enjoys acrylic landscape painting, and gardening in her spare time.​​​

After a long arduous journey of piecing her childhood memories together, Kristy believes her father struggled with undiagnosed depression .

She also concluded her mother may have struggled with Bi-Polar Disorder , which eventually progressed into a more serious mental illness, possibly schizophrenia . Kristy's mother might have also struggled with a form of: Dependent personality disorder  (DPD).

Her mother had several psychosis events which place her in a Mental Health Facility, when Kristy was a child, and with her dad never revealing the specifics of her mother’s diagnosis, Kristy can only describe what she witnessed as a young child.

Kristy struggled with complex trauma amnesia (C-PTSD) and unmet dependency needs for more than forty-years before she discovered she had it, its origin, and overcoming it.​ She feels these came into fruition under her dad's fallacious agendas; her dad was scary not her mother.  

Kristy grew up in a small farming community in an agricultural valley. Her dad farmed, after coming home from his first job which supported the family. Her mother only worked outside of the home occasionally. 

Kristy is the third, and last, child of her immediate family; having an older brother and sister. She also was the third generation living in their community, after her mother and grandmother.

Kristy's grandmother was considered the town's tavern fool, and she believes both of her parents were mutual alcoholics; they were: C odependent.
Abuse Survivor's Perspective

Sometimes, through the lack of others physical presence, Kristy silently wondered if she was like-able? While seeking her answer, she has realized she simply viewed life from a different lens; her formative years were spent catering to her parents' addictions.

Kristy discovered what you tell yourself, as the result of abuse, is usually a lot worse than the truth. Her hard-earned perceptions, from a childhood tainted with trauma, doesn’t mean she's always wrong. Just different.
"It’s been a long arduous road traveled to get to that sweet spot where Christ is more centered in my own life, where I seek God’s Will and presence above everything. Where I understand if I get judged, since I shared, it says more about them than it does about me." ​​​

McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES in The Trash
Kristy McMorlan's
Acomplishments and Interests
When Kristy's husband approached her to write her story she laughed, hurting his feelings I’m sure. He assured Kristy he was very serious! She learned her husband is her biggest fan. ​​It was unkind when Kristy's School Teacher told her she was going to give Kristy a passing grade in English; she wouldn’t be forced to have Kristy return to her classroom. Kristy believed she’d done better than she previously thought, until Kristy received her grade. The D minus gave her clarity into what her words meant. Kristy's experience gives credibility into one of her personal philosophies: "God is more than able and oftentimes chooses the lesser people to do the greater work, to prove it was God’s work, not any man’s.


Kristy's mother painted, and now she does too. Kristy frequently paints upside down, for the intricate work. She states, " ​​ When I view the lines as angles and formations I’m able to complete the painting . " She says this method takes away the normal formation, making it easier for her to concentrate on the lines. Kristy knows she does her painting differently than others that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, just different. In Kristy's perspective being or doing something differently, occasionally, has its benefits.

Staying active in the church, and after raising her own children, Kristy taught multiple diverse Women’s Bible Studies. Eventually she became an overseer / coordinator of the Ministry of Prayer for five years. Kristy and her husband became involved and attended a local Celebrate Recovery program for five years, joining at the same time and becoming part of the Leadership T.E.A.M. Presently Kristy and her husband do not serve within a Celebrate Recovery program. However, Kristy wanted to continue her joy of service, and served a term on the Leadership Board within their present Church.
Years ago, Kristy's husband surprised her at Christmas with a camera, she thought he'd wasted their money! He patiently encouraged her, while she learned all the technical aspects, and nature photography has become passion of hers that they both enjoy. 
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)