Do you remember the person you were before the abuse started?
Do you remember your spirit, your joy, your love before life beat it all out of you?
Do you remember what it feels like to really laugh and to feel and to experience life?
Do you remember gentle touch and loving messages and fearless happiness?
I remember a little girl who had hopes and dreams and endless compassion for the world who was given a life full of challenges. Challenges that made her question who she was, that steered her toward situations that would break her down and almost kill her.
But she survived, and that little girl is me. Finally, after a lifetime of abuse and now being 9 years free, I remember who I was meant to be and what I was meant to bring to the world.
I am here only to love and to serve.
What about you? Who were you before the shame and isolation and abuse took control of your life?
How does your relationship to yourself need to change to embrace the you that you forgot?
There are so many of us that spent too much of our life playing small and letting others dictate how we should live. Take a stand with me and say no more!
DECLARATION FOR SURVIVORS
You tried to break me
You tried to take my spirit
You tried to kill the love inside me
You tried to convince me that I could never be anything without you
But the fact is that who I am is greater than what you have done to me
I am greater than the fear that you instilled in me
I am greater than what you have told me I am
You cannot keep me here
In this place of being small
You know this
You know that the moment I realize my strength
it is YOU who will fear ME
I have enough love and compassion inside me to heal the world
But I have NO MORE TIME for those who do not want to be healed
I was put on this earth to use my power to nurture
To show compassion
For those who need it and are ready to accept it
I cannot live without serving others
It is what we as women are meant to do
To model unending empathy and compassion
To hold others up who cannot hold themselves
But I cannot serve if I am not taking care of me
Starting today, I will declare my rights and boundaries in this world
Because I know that I cannot give love until I show love to myself
And even though I believed in you when I should not have
It doesn’t mean that I don’t deserve love now
You preyed on my love and my insecurities for your own gain
But I know what you were doing now
And I deserve to be shown the same love and compassion that I show to others
So I am done letting your words and actions control my relationship to myself
Today, I stand up for me and for every other survivor
And I say – NO MORE
No more shame
No more abuse
I will get back to the me I was before you tried to break me
And I will inspire others to do the same
And I will walk with my head held high that I have faced the fires of abuse
and I have survived
Watch me get back to me and show the world what it is
To be a woman who is strong and powerful and inspired
Just watch me.
Join me to reclaim your rights to being an