My soul yearns for adventure
and places unseen
I know they are out there
waiting for me
Perhaps a star filled night
painting streaks of light
Inviting me to join them
’til they fall out of sight
Canyons colored like the foliage
of a crisp October morn
Spanning the length of the horizon
where true freedom is born
Prairies whispering sweet music
as they dance in the wind
I’ll throw them my burdens
I’ll stand tall again
Maybe I’ll make my way
to the northern lights
Soak it all in
until I can shine that bright
Or shiver in the fresh snow
atop a mountains peak
Closer to God
finding the answers I seek
Maybe I will laugh until I cry
as I find new love
Wrap her hand in mine
and give thanks above
My soul yearns for adventure
and places unseen
I know they are out there
waiting for me


Jessica Caudle


San Francisco

The Dallas Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk was such an incredible journey. Strangers became friends as we walked next to one another through the night, laughter echoed through the streets even through unimaginable pain, comfort lingered as we shared a meal together under the stars and tears fell as we approached the finish line the next morning. We made it through the dark and into the light, one step at a time, TOGETHER.

I want to take part in this experience again, this time it will be held in San Francisco in May 2016 I am asking for your help in achieving my fundraising goal for this event. Even if you aren’t able to donate, please don’t worry. Please just take a moment to visit the page and share it with others:

2016 San Francisco “Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk” – My Personal Fundraising Page

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an incredible organization, one that I am extremely grateful to be a part of. Love one another, always.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Help is available

Tranquil Battle

I am fighting a battle on the most tranquil ground

cautious of the mines as I lead you around

How could I ever begin to help you see

the path of destruction that lies underneath?

It is difficult to describe this faceless villain

no pathology to indict for these unwieldy feelings

Perhaps I’d find comfort if that weren’t so

These scars wouldn’t be as shameful with something to show

So I smile through the ache of another day

and fight like hell to simply stay

It isn’t that I can’t find beauty all around

I see it in little things like leaves on the ground

It shines bright in the embrace of weathered hands

that have longed for a simple touch through life’s demands

I hear it in the voice of innocent children

their spirits full of wonder and magical visions

Beauty is everywhere to be felt and to be seen

It is only on the inside that I feel so unclean

If only this villain would just let me be

I can fool everyone else, why can’t I fool me?


Jessica Caudle

December 2, 2015


Inspired by a conversation that I had with a beautiful woman that I admire very much.  It is no secret that there are many stigmas associated with mental illness.  According to the Center for Disease Control, “only 25% of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and/or sympathetic toward them.”  It is a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of mental illness.

In an effort to re-frame the conversation, artist Robot Hugs created a comic that displays what it would be like if we discussed physical illnesses in the same way we do mental illnesses. Take a look at the graphic below.



Slideshow from JoAnne’s Celebration of Life

Here is the updated slideshow from JoAnne’s Celebration of Life.  Karen Schloer you did such an amazing job of putting everything together, thank you so much for all you did to honor her beautiful life.  Jojo would be so touched by your kindness and generosity.

We love and miss you Brave Girl

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