The Truth of Twelve Years Ago and Who I Am Today

When I was going through my 3 1/2 year divorce from my abuser, there were times that all I could do was live from one minute to the next. My life was consumed with the bare basics of survival. I felt alone and wondered how or if I would ever get through it all. BelowContinue reading “The Truth of Twelve Years Ago and Who I Am Today”

Why Does She Stay? Another Answer

  The most talked about topic when it comes to Domestic Violence is ‘Why Does She Stay?’. My blog is no exception and I talked about it in several posts including:   Questions,   Enough is Enough and What Women Lose When They Leave. I have had one more insight recently. As humans, we think on averageContinue reading “Why Does She Stay? Another Answer”

What Can I Do to Help Her?

“I think my daughter is in a domestic violent relationship. What can I do to help her?” “I’m sorry, but there is nothing you can do until she is ready for the help. Do you know if it’s physical?” “Not that I know of yet. I think it’s just emotional right now. I don’t understandContinue reading “What Can I Do to Help Her?”

The Secret Sisterhood of Single Mothers

I remember spending moments agonizing about everything I was losing through my divorce and becoming a single mother. The simple things I felt many others took for granted. A sign hanging outside my front door displaying the family surname; HAVING to work full time as I was now my only source of income; not beingContinue reading “The Secret Sisterhood of Single Mothers”

Do Your Domestic Violence Survival Skills Measure Up?

I sat on the stadium bleachers next to my boyfriend of six months on my birthday in the cool early November afternoon sun.  I had just finished performing the half time show with the color guard and marching band at our college football game. The week prior to my birthday had been amazing, it all startedContinue reading “Do Your Domestic Violence Survival Skills Measure Up?”

Hashtags to a Better World

I sat in the conference room with my peer managers. We had just finished discussing our workload and plans for the day and started talking about what was going on in our outside lives. This may seem like a waste of time to some, however it’s a great way to cultivate team building and creativity.Continue reading “Hashtags to a Better World”

14 Ways to Love Valentine’s Day No Matter Your Relationship Status

Valentine’s Day stirs a myriad of emotions in all of us. Excitement, joy, relaxation, frustration, anger, annoyance. It’s interesting to me that so many of us allow a date on the calendar to invoke negative responses. What can we do to find joy in a day we otherwise wouldn’t? Check out my tips below andContinue reading “14 Ways to Love Valentine’s Day No Matter Your Relationship Status”

4 Responses to Fear and How to Overcome Triggers

“I’m not going to smile.” I teased. He just tried even harder. “I like it when you smile.” “Why?” “Cause you’re beautiful when you smile.” It had become a game now and I was choosing to be stubborn and not give in to letting him see me smile. It was not easy. “I’m still prettyContinue reading “4 Responses to Fear and How to Overcome Triggers”

Then and Now, Coming Full Circle

“I could come join you.” I pressed send on the text. “You could stop by here for a bit. We are going till 5.”   came the reply. I had just gotten off work and my boyfriend had been volunteering at the Spirit of Giving event at the local women’s shelter. I started driving toward theContinue reading “Then and Now, Coming Full Circle”