Being & Becoming by Tracy

April 3, 2020
Being & Becoming by Tracy

As a survivor on this journey to healing and wholeness I celebrate being intentional- intentionally grateful, intentionality stopping the pop-up video that tells me I’m not good enough, or pretty enough, or unworthy of love.

Being courageous enough to fight another day, encouraging and inspiring others to find their way, to find their voice.

Being and becoming is a journey – my purpose becoming clearer each day as I fight fear; telling fear, telling my abuser in my strong, powerful, yet beautifully voice you can’t hurt me anymore!  Declaring that I’m free!  Being FREE to be me.  In order to be free, I had to acknowledge that I was in prison.  I had to Shine the light in the darkness – exposing my situation by bringing it to the light.  I’ve learned that the worse prison to be in is the one inside your head.

Becoming me, walking in my purpose.  Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the abuse, I had to see past the pain to find the purpose.  I am grateful for it, because it empowered me to wake up and look for ways to inspire, and motivate others despite the pop-up video that tells me I’m nothing, I’m nobody.

In becoming Tracy, I’ve learned to give away what I need, pouring myself forward, going lower like running water.  Water is a natural resource; it gives, it cleanses, it serves.  I am Intentionally being light in darkness; becoming whole.

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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