As a survivor of narcissistic abuse, I vowed that one day I would tell my story. At the time, I had no idea how that would happen but I knew that once I was "free" and found my "voice" I would share it with as many women as I could.
During those 8 years, I turned to journaling, yoga, prayer, and eventually a support network of amazing women to get me through the darkest times of my life. I educated myself on what a narcissist is and read everything I could on narcissistic abuse. Then, I got angry and I turned that into passion. I latched on to a local organization called HopeWorks of Howard County and became a volunteer, a speaker, an advocate, a champion...and a VOICE for other women.
The worst feeling in the world is feeling like no one understands or that you are all alone in what you're going through. SpunkyDiva Diaries is my way to give back, serve and help other women by creating a virtual sisterhood where we can support, empower, uplift, educate and promote one another.
You see...I didn't want the abuse I went through to "define" me. Nor do I want it to define other survivors. Too often survivors completely lose themselves and their voice. So when we finally "break free" we must reinvent ourselves. We have to "relearn" this thing called LIFE and be resourceful to get back on our feet again. We have to start all over again! We have to rebuild our new lives, find new passions, discover who we are as women, develop new interests and skill sets we never knew we had. It's not an easy process and in fact, it can be pretty terrifying!
I am still on my healing journey, but am using my voice and that passion to pour it into creating SpunkyDiva Diaries. Yes, these are my "stories" but I welcome others to share theirs too.