“When you see crazy coming, cross the street.” Iyanla Vanzant
Some weeks there are consistent themes across my clients, similarities in the struggles or challenges they’re facing, making it very clear what I need to write about. This was one of those weeks.
Here’s just one example:
Lynn is in the process of unwinding an abusive and controlling marriage that has taken its toll on her self-esteem, her value and worth and also on the relationship she has with her family and her children. She has expressed to her husband that she does not want him sleeping in ...continue reading...
“It’s never pretty when you leave an abusive and controlling relationship. The warden always protests when the prison gets shut down.” Dr. Steve Maraboli
Physical abuse can be easy to spot. There’s no denying bruised ribs, a black and blue eye or a broken bone.
Although not as easy to spot, emotional and verbal abuse can be just as damaging to our spirits.
My client, Kathleen, was in her marriage for 30 years and didn’t realize that she had been abused by her husband until months after he left and she sought help.
My client, Andrea, was married to ...continue reading...
“But even when I stop crying, even when we fall asleep…this will leave another scar. No one will see it. No one will know. But it will be there. And eventually, all of the scars will have scars, and that’s all I’ll be – one big scar of a love gone wrong.” Amanda Grace, But I Love Him
Physical abuse can be easy to spot. There’s no denying bruised ribs, a swollen eye or as is the case with my loving and strong mother-in-law, burned skin all over one of her arms; a reminder that never goes away.
“I write about the power of trying because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it.” Kristin Armstrong
Lately, some beautifully brave women have reached out to me from some pretty desperate situations and are beating themselves up because logic tells them, “They should be grateful.”
Teri’s husband ...continue reading...