• New Year

    Many times the New Year is approached with a sense of anticipation for what the new year will hold. It is often approached with excitement, with resolutions, and with a determination to close the door to the old “chapter” and to open the door to the new “chapter”. However, for many, the New Year is faced with challenges that carry over and cannot just be left behind. It is faced with just a glimmer of hope but mostly a weight of what is being carried. Some may be facing the New Year and feeling as though all hope has faded. It is to you whom I am reaching out today…New…

  • My Story

    Do you put on a smile when you feel like you are dying inside? Do you feel as though you can barely put one foot in front of the other because of the weight that you are carrying?  I want to encourage you, my friend. Many do not know that I endured abuse throughout my childhood.  Because of the abuse I endured, I was very introverted and insecure.  I did not sleep well.  I did not like to eat because my stomach was in knots most of the time.  My innocence was taken.  I lived fearful.  I did not fit in with my peers because we did not have much…

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence has a way of cutting you to your core.  Someone in whom you have placed trust has violated that trust.  Not only did that person betray your trust, that person is actually causing you harm.  This abuse may occur in the form of verbal abuse/control/manipulation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or all of the above.   According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there are about 20 people per minute who are physically abused by their partners, and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence at the hands of their partners (https://ncadv.org/statistics).  These are staggering numbers.  Yet, so many who experience this…

  • You Are Not Alone

    It is easy to feel alone when you have been abused or assaulted.  It feels like the experience isolates you.  It does not feel like anyone could possibly understand the range of emotions you feel and the weight that you carry.  Sometimes it can even cause you to feel like you are drowning or cause you to feel completely hopeless. You cannot judge your worth by what others have said or have done to you.  The things that have happened to you are not a reflection of you.  They are a reflection of the person who has said or done these things to you…even if you have experienced these things…

  • Taking a Stand

    It is easy for people to want to look away from things that make them uncomfortable, look away from evil. I mean, we are taught to think positive, look at the bright side, etc. Everything is not roses. Some of us have to be able to look at the ugly, look at the evil, look at the heinous things occurring to others in order to take a stand and make a difference rather than looking away and pretending these awful things occur. I am taking a stand.