If you've heard my story, you know that I spent 24 years in an emotionally abusive marriage. My fairytale marriage turned into a nightmare. Now I am taking steps toward a brighter future with renewed energy, strength, and focus. I spent years in my marriage accommodating everyone else’s needs over my own. You may as well have called me the go "fetch it girl" because if anyone had a need, small or large, I dropped everything to go and get it. Now that my freedom papers have been signed, sealed, and delivered by the family district court judge, I’m ready to go [...]
Have you ever mistaken an insult for a compliment? It sounds nice but it really isn’t meant to be flattering at all. I overheard him say it, “Oh man, she is really low maintenance.” I thought he meant I was humble… next to Godliness. Nope. What he was actually saying was that I did not value myself and it showed in the way I presented myself to others. His opinion was that I did not think taking care of myself was worth the effort. Um, that’s not a compliment. And the truth is, he was right. All the years of [...]
Whether you feel stuck in an abusive relationship or trapped in any situation that minimizes you, you can have hope in a brighter future. It won't be easy and some days will feel like it is too much to bear. You don’t have to recover on you own. Connect with others who offer support and encouragement. You owe it to yourself to live the life you were created to live.