Big journeys begin with small steps

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

Pencil drawing of four female child abuse survivors standing together
I Wish You Hadn’t Stopped Drinking

I Wish You Hadn’t Stopped Drinking

Yet again I found myself at a loss for words when faced with the horrible things people say to be people in recovery. This is one those.

Awareness Beyond A Month

Awareness Beyond A Month

May was mental health awareness month. Excuse my snarkiness on this month of awareness. Every day is mental health awareness for me. I work on my mental health every single day. And that should be true for everyone.

No Matter Where I Am

No Matter Where I Am

I am in Eastern Europe on a riverboat cruise. It is the ever continuing journey of who am I now? And how do I live my best life?

Walking the Danube Promenade

Walking the Danube Promenade

Walking along the Danube at the end of my Eastern European tour I was reminded of the importance of considering the past. Especially when considering how to be in the present.

Stop Yessing All Over The Place

Stop Yessing All Over The Place

Yes, yes, I will do all of the things. I will agree with things that I didn’t even hear. Because that is how I survived. Now I don’t need that. What do I do?

My Fawning “Yes Brain”

My Fawning “Yes Brain”

Anxiety shows up in many different ways for different people. One of my ways is saying Yes to everything. It is a survival tactic for dealing with trauma. Except I don’t need it anymore.

What is most personal is most universal.

Carl R. Rogers

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

And so, I choose to stand in the light by sharing my story. I am hopeful that my story will inspire others to do the same. When we are all standing together we will no longer be denied our truths.