Word{s} Of the Day: Verbal Abuse

My mother would emerge from the bedroom looking smartly dressed and beautifully made up, anticipating one of her many social gatherings with her friends. I always looked at her in admiration, awestruck by her beauty. My father would look her up and down and say, "You're going out in THAT?" or "Good grief, you scared me … Continue reading Word{s} Of the Day: Verbal Abuse

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The Most Important Dealbreaker Of All

I remember that first red flag all those years ago. At the time, it "felt" disguised as my abuser doing the "puffed out chest" thing in a chat with his male co-worker and me to ensure there was no threat to our relationship. Did I think it was cute? No. The degree of brutality toward … Continue reading The Most Important Dealbreaker Of All

What You Should Know About Avoiding An Abusive Relationship

For my purple challenge post today, I decided to share a picture of my special coffee mug {bought from Avon} in all its purple glory. Avon donated 100% of their profits made from purchases of their Empowerment mug to their Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Foundation. I bought this mug as a reminder that I … Continue reading What You Should Know About Avoiding An Abusive Relationship

How To Avoid the Long-Term Effects of Abuse

Although I've written about PTSD before, I think it's helpful to post update articles on this blog to share my struggles with the healing process; I want to illustrate the importance of educating ourselves ~ and future generations ~ on abuse in all aspects. If I had my way, everyone would end abusive relationships before … Continue reading How To Avoid the Long-Term Effects of Abuse

How To Spot Red Flags On Dating Sites

Although {promises made by various dating sites} give us all a bit of hope that our soul mate is out there, allow me to give you a bit of a heads up. For some of us, the search involves a twisted journey which consists of some very questionable “dating” experiences. Depending on past experiences with … Continue reading How To Spot Red Flags On Dating Sites

Relationship Assessment Questions

I may have said this, directly or indirectly, in one or more of my previous posts, but I think it's worth repeating. Abuse is not always "in your face", leaving you with visible bruises, bloodied lips, black eyes, fractured bones. Abuse can sometimes be so subtle that it's unnoticeable while it's happening, but builds up … Continue reading Relationship Assessment Questions

Relationships: Healthy vs Abusive

Part of my healing process involved learning the difference between abusive relationships and healthy ones. My counselor was an integral part of my empowerment; he helped me acquire the knowledge, confidence and tools I needed to escape and rebuild my life. I learned how to break the cycle by accepting that there was nothing I … Continue reading Relationships: Healthy vs Abusive