#58: Survive the Holidays

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. My birthday is in May and I would happily trade it for another Christmas. I’m a total Christmas geek. But as much as I love the holiday season, I know that this is one of the hardest times of the year. It’s crazy rushing around trying to get ChristmasContinue reading “#58: Survive the Holidays”

#57: The Cycle of Abuse

A question that I’ve received a lot pertains to how abuse continues to perpetuate in relationships when we know they’re bad. This was a question I asked myself for a long time. From the time I was 12-23, I was in a horrid cycle of abusive relationships. I didn’t understand why every relationship was aContinue reading “#57: The Cycle of Abuse”

#56: Honeymoon moment? What’s that?

If you’ve been hanging out with me for awhile, whether on Instagram, the blog, or YouTube, you’ll recognize the phrase “honeymoon moments.” I’ve talked about them a lot but I wanted to do a deep dive into what they are and why they’re so important. So… what is a Honeymoon Moment? Honeymoon moments are theContinue reading “#56: Honeymoon moment? What’s that?”

#55: 5 Steps to Stop Gaslighting Yourself

Gaslighting is the buzzword in the recovery and personal development space right now. And I couldn’t be happier about it. The more aware you become about gaslighting, the more you see it. I’ve caught myself doing it to my son, I see it in the way adults communicate. I see it in how people communicateContinue reading “#55: 5 Steps to Stop Gaslighting Yourself”

#53: 7 Signs you’re in a Trauma Bond

Do you have a trauma bond? Have you heard this term before? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. I didn’t know what a trauma bond was until earlier this year. But once I did, it completely blew my mind. Trauma bonds are the connections that we have with our abuser. These are really powerful connectionsContinue reading “#53: 7 Signs you’re in a Trauma Bond”

#52: External Validation

What comes to mind when you hear the word “validation?” This word generally brings up with a lot of negative feelings. As a society we look for validation through things like a follower count and likes. And that’s not good. But there are forms of external validation that are okay and can even be importantContinue reading “#52: External Validation”

#51: It’s time to Put Down that Bag

One of the hardest parts of recovery is letting go of the past. Now, when I say letting go of the past, I don’t just mean the relationship. I mean, the past that you actually lived, the hope you had for the future and the life that you experienced. This was the hardest thing thatContinue reading “#51: It’s time to Put Down that Bag”

#48: Loving your Body after Abuse

When it comes to abuse recovery, something not talked about enough is our relationship to our bodies. Something that a lot of us don’t take into account even as survivors, we don’t realize the impact abuse has on our body. I’m going to start this conversation with a post I shared on Instagram. WARNING: risqueContinue reading “#48: Loving your Body after Abuse”