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”

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”

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”

Can we Remove Abuse from the World?

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 physicallyContinue reading “Can we Remove Abuse from the World?”

Say What You Want to Say

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 upContinue reading “Say What You Want to Say”

So My Dad Helped You?

“Mom, why did you leave my dad, why!” My eight year old demanded of me yet again. It was not uncommon for him to ask me such a question, and I knew whatever I said would go back to his dad. We were driving home from the gym, it was dark and rain sprinkled theContinue reading “So My Dad Helped You?”

Types of Abuse

Abuse comes in many forms. There are different kinds of abusers who abuse in different ways. Physical Abuse Of course, physical abuse is the most well known and talked about. Abuse generally doesn’t start here though, it builds up in small ways until it escalates to physical. Once it gets to this point, there isContinue reading “Types of Abuse”

Changing the Language of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Did you know 7% of your message is conveyed through words? That’s a tiny sliver. 38% is through tone and the other 55% is through body language. Since only 7% of your message is conveyed through words, do you think it’s important to be aware of the words you speak? Choosing the right words whenContinue reading “Changing the Language of Domestic Violence and Abuse”