Stop This World

Gracefully going from victim to survivor to servant leader in the heartland

Hello friends –

It’s been a while since I last posted on the blog. Sometimes life just happens and you don’t find the need to write about it. I’ve hit a chapter of life where I’m finding contentment. I’ve never really experienced this before. I’ve always been striving or trying to achieve the next thing. What is the next career move, the next degree, the next award. I’m finding this chapter of contentment in life to be beautiful. The stress and anxiety is gone and it feels great. I’m enjoying the little things like running into old friends at the county fair, breathing in the heavy summer air that smells of corn pollinating, and having coffee on the front porch each morning. I treasure these small things that bring me joy and contentment. Living in the here & now is exactly where I want to be. I have a longer post on contentment brewing inside me right now, but that post is for a different day.

I had the opportunity a few months ago to be a guest on the sur-THRIVER podcast hosted by Rena Romano. Both Rena & I are members of the RAINN Speakers Bureau. She was looking for survivors to interview who came back in life stronger after sexual assault. At the time I didn’t think that I had come back in life stronger than before, but then I had to be honest with myself and remind myself that I’ve come out of the pit and I’ve hit a mountain top. I would typically play this down, but I’m done playing small. In the podcast I recount my assault and how I dealt with depression, anxiety & PTSD. We talk about what mental health means and what it means to be a sur-THRIVER in life. I hope that you will take a listen wherever you download your podcasts, or check us out on YouTube for the video.

Thank you to Rena Romano for helping share my story of coming back stronger. The more we share our stories, the more we can help those struggling.

Rena closes each podcast with the following words: Peace, Love, and Ciao for Now

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