You shared your holiday struggles — and you’re not alone.

Earlier this month, we asked you to create a postcard sharing stories about your struggles during the holiday season, how you’ve fought off feelings of stress and loneliness, past and present; and any advice you’d give your fellow Seattleites. We challenged you to be honest and get vulnerable about these difficulties — and y’all embraced that to share back beautiful and thoughtful art to share with your neighbors.

We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who decided to open up about their struggles this time of year. Being open about the difficulties in our lives with our communities can only make us stronger. It’s no easy task — but it’s worth it.

From reader Rachel Baer, who became a crisis counselor after the 2016 presidential election.

 

By Patrick Liu, who told Seattle more about his family’s story on KUOW.

 

By Anonymous

 

From reader Travis Monroe
From reader Smriti Chandrashekar

 

By Anonymous

 

From reader Hayley Jones

 

From reader Judith Rayl

 

By Anonymous

 

From reader Kim Selling

 

From Seattle City Council member Lorena González

 

By Anonymous

 

By Anonymous

 

By Anonymous

 

From Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold

 

If you are in crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.