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 and … Continue reading 14 Ways to Love Valentine’s Day No Matter Your Relationship Status

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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 pretty … Continue 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 the … Continue 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 your … Continue 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 a … Continue 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 rolled … Continue reading 7 Pillars to Healing From Domestic Violence Introduction

3 Laws (& Assignments) for Successful Dating After Domestic Violence

Law 1: Individuality Let's face it. After experiencing living in an abusive relationship, you most likely don't know who you are or what you want. You were probably told many times over the past few years who you are, what you should be and do and what you shouldn't be and do. I highly recommend … Continue reading 3 Laws (& Assignments) for Successful Dating After Domestic Violence