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My Daily Healing: What I do to Move Forward

I've shared a lot so far of the trauma I endured since I was scooped from my family and tribe. So, I want to share what I do on a daily basis to survive and thrive.

A healthy way is usually to exercise, meditate, pray, talk to friends and/or therapists for help when its needed or just to give the extra boost to keep taking the next step forward.

I leaned on them until I needed to add on stronger options. I use the following as my “weapons“ of choice.

I’ve been a vegan, non-drinker, non-smoker for several years now. On top of that, I'm a long-distance runner (but I've been an avid runner since 6th grade).

I get the usual, smart-ass comments about being a vegan more than anything else. Evidently, it's a lot more easier for people to accept me being a non-drinker, non-smoker than it is for me to be a vegan! But that's okay. This is my journey, not theirs.

I hated myself for such a long time in my life, unable to cope with my existence and my past. But I've worked hard at learning to love myself and letting go of an adopted family that didn't love me. I don't fall for their BS anymore and I don't have time for that. I know what love is since I gave birth to my children.

I know that to love myself, I needed to take care of myself. I'm not following anyone else's how-to manual, just mine.

Everything about this journey is accomplished one day at a time, just like it is for everyone else.


Just remember...healing takes time. If you are struggling and can’t seem to see the light of day, it’s okay. I have those days too. The storm will pass. Just give yourself time. Move away from chaos and people who don’t know how to love you. There’s no need to blame them. We’re all fighting our demons. Just don’t put down your weapons. Keep fighting for yourself. You’re worth it.


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