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.

  • Get over yourselves, that’s my advice. Christmas is awesome and a new Xbox (thanks sis!) helps relieve stress. Forget punching Nazis, you can shoot them.