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”

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”

Okay, Open Your Eyes

“Should I close my eyes yet?” I asked as I heard him nearing the top of the stairs. He had been downstairs rummaging around in the basement for a few minutes. Excited to give me my Christmas present early. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn’t even bought his Christmas present yet. “Yes close yourContinue reading “Okay, Open Your Eyes”

10 Life-Changing Books Paving Your Path to Healing From Abuse

I began writing this post months ago and stopped. Probably mostly due to life getting in the way, and other blog posts taking precedence. Last weekend I was blessed to attend a Gala for an amazing organization, WOW Utah, helping women who have overcome domestic violence, substance abuse, polygamy, debilitating illness and simply not having aContinue reading “10 Life-Changing Books Paving Your Path to Healing From Abuse”

7 Pillars to Healing From Domestic Violence Introduction

I woke up Christmas morning to what was perhaps one of the most horrible days of my life. I could feel the fear coursing through my veins and pumping into my heart, all I wanted was to take my 12 month old back to the shelter where I knew we would be safe. I rolledContinue reading “7 Pillars to Healing From Domestic Violence Introduction”

Re-wiring the Brain for Healing after Experiencing Domestic Violence

My heart was pumping and my mind was whirring even though my body was still. I was lying on the floor looking up into his eyes, he was straddling my waist and holding my wrists above my head, pinned to the floor. I was helpless. I couldn’t move, couldn’t escape. I had already learned from previousContinue reading “Re-wiring the Brain for Healing after Experiencing Domestic Violence”