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Courageous Women 18: Beauty in the midst of Brokenness

My sister picked up the off-cut of greenstone and held it in her hands. She admired the way that it curled inwards and upwards, and even though its shape meant it was not smooth or symmetrical, she remarked that it … Continue reading

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Courageous women #13: You don’t have to explain – Your experience is valid!

I thought I would do a different post for a change and include a short story that I wrote at the beginning of this year. It came about from lying at Pt Chev beach, and the character Beth is based … Continue reading

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Courageous women #12: Understanding my own anger

Since my experiences with my ex husband, just hearing the term “anger” makes me think of my husband throwing the washing basket against the wall and I have flash backs of him with clenched fists, gritting his teeth while yelling … Continue reading

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Courageous Women 11: Reaching out for help – admitting my anxiety and beginning my recovery

One of the main medical problems I have had since living with day-to-day angry episodes from my husband is anxiety. My first ever anxiety attack was in India, where I hyperventilated. I think this was a fair response to a … Continue reading

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Courageous 10: Haunted by you – Facing my denial

I am beginning to understand that I can be assertive. I am beginning to give myself permission to speak out about my feelings and acknowledge my need for space when I am feeling hurt and vulnerable. I am learning to be kind to myself and what it means to put my own needs above the needs of others. The truth is, you cannot love if you do not first love yourself. You cannot give out of emptiness. To truly be able to help others, I have to be whole myself. I am on a journey, and the end point will be a life of total freedom where I will be at peace.
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Courageous women #9 : Courage in the face of trials, this is your moment right now!

Hey again, It’s been a while because I had some “stuff” that I was dealing with. If I’m been honest, I’ve been feeling lonely. I’ve suddenly woken up in bed alone one morning and realised that I miss the hugs, the … Continue reading

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Courageous Women #8: Telling my story despite the pain, I wanna cry

Telling my story: There has been such a big part of me that has wanted to pretend that my past never happened. That I have been single this whole time and never got married and that the five and a … Continue reading

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