Hey warriors! Long time no see. I just finished up my first semester of college, and FINALLY have some time to do a little bit of blogging.
I had a blog post planned that was about the holidays and making time for yourself and blah blah blah. But, in light of recent events, I felt this was a more appropriate post.
I was recently published on an amazing website, Reciprocitea. I decided to share story about my history of sexual abuse and mental illness. Doing this was a huge step, something I wasn't sure I was ever going to do. It took me months of working internally deciding if posting this was something I even wanted to do.
Ultimately, obviously, I decided sharing my story was something that I wanted to do. Something I needed to do. I was left feeling so ashamed for so long, and feeling like I had something to hide. I felt I had a secret no one could ever know about. The truth is, I didn't do anything wrong. My abuse happened to me, and it's a terrible thing that happened but it's not anything I need to hide. Learning that took years, 6 years to be exact, but finally something I've learned.
I shared my story the link to my story on Facebook and was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I received in response. Through Facebook messages, to comments on the post itself. I was amazed at how many people took the time to read my story and tell me they support me.
Thank you to everyone who said those encouraging words to me. I was so incredibly anxious about posting it and the response I got made me realize that I definitely made the right decision.
I talked about my battle with mental health that I kept locked away for so long. It was easier to talk about, but still a sore subject. Thank you to my parents who got me the help I needed when I needed it, for always letting me talk to them about anything going on in my mind. Thank you to everyone who continuously supports me throughout all my rainy days and celebrates with me on all the days I don't have a dark, rainy cloud hanging over my head. It means so much to me.
If you haven't yet, check out my story here.
So now, whats new?
I have a lot of new and excited things coming in 2016.
Some changes to this blog are coming as well. I am planning on starting 2 blog pages: one will be about mental health and dealing with those struggles, and the other will be more personal (including guest bloggers). I will post on Facebook when that split is made so you aren't shocked! I'm also drafting an original logo right now, so be on the lookout in the new year.
Just some reminders:
Looking forward to having an amazing new year with you all! Lets make it great!