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 started … Continue reading Do Your Domestic Violence Survival Skills Measure Up?
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
"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 pretty … Continue reading 4 Responses to Fear and How to Overcome Triggers
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 a … Continue reading 10 Life-Changing Books Paving Your Path to Healing From Abuse
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 previous … Continue reading Re-wiring the Brain for Healing after Experiencing Domestic Violence
Abuse is in the media a lot. People who haven't experienced it question it a lot. I've already written about it, and I have more to say. I want to help others understand what abuse is, and what abuse isn't. Abuse sneaks up on a woman The first date isn't wrought with emotionally or physically … Continue reading Can we Remove Abuse from the World?
If I were to take my filter off and say what I really wanted to say about Domestic Violence and abuse, it would reach out and touch people I love and care about. It would maybe even come across as harsh and judging and possibly hypocritical, I'm not even perfect, after all I grew up … Continue reading Say What You Want to Say