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πŸ—£PLEASE‼️ if I could go back in time, I would do sooooo many things differently πŸ’œ β€’ πŸ’œ β€’ πŸ’œ β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’ #domesticviolence #domesticviolencesurvivor #abuse #abusesurvivor #abusiverelationship #ladies #relationships #love #violence #falselove #physicalabuse #abuseawareness #mentalabuse #verbalabuse #strongwoman #singleparent #singlemother #YouAreNotAlone #domesticabuseawareness #abusevictim #financialabuse #happilyDivorcing

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The look...of love... is in.... your eyes... tehe... you'll see I used to have a tooth sticking out the front... which caused me some bother... that was taken out at the same time as my leg... bless me. β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #Cute #Luckypup #MiracleDog #DifferentlyAble #Disfigured #Tripawd #AbuseSurvivor #Brave #BraveBonBon #PerfectlyImperfect #Dogs_of_Instagram #ILoveMyDog #Dog #Dogstagram #DogsOfInstagram #InstaDog #InstagramDogs #thedodo #Petstagram #DogOfTheDay #DogLover #LoveDogs #MyDog #AdontDontShop #RescueDog #Rescued #RescueDogsofInstagram

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I respect your boundary of only taking calls during business hours. I respect your boundary of speaking to clients on your work number only. I respect your boundary of giving advice via paid classes only instead of one-on-one calls. Calling out someone else's boundary makes it harder for them to ignore yours. . . As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold" to always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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When someone is vague, challenge them by being specific. If someone says they need your help but isn't sure about the scope, challenge them to define it. If someone says they a social media strategist, ask them which platforms they want to focus on. If someone is not being vague on purpose to cause drama, they will not mind specifying . . As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold" to always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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I don't usually do this as a first try, but I do it as a second try. If the attempt at communicating a boundary by asking for the specific behavior doesn't work, then I bring in the word "boundary." . . For example: "No thanks on the news articles. You can stop sending them. Thank you for respecting this boundary." . . As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold" to always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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It is so important to teach your child the correct name for their private parts. Doing so will help them explain correctly what happened if they were to ever be abused. For example: When my daughter was about 2 she would call her vagina her β€œbutt”. I had to explain to her the difference. If she ever came forward and said someone touched my β€œbutt” it could easily be misconstrued as someone spanking her versus someone touching her vagina. It might seem uncomfortable at first to talk about but it is to help empower your child.

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I used to wonder what the "level" of an invitation was, and worry about it. An example is when I got an email invitation that was bcc. It went out to a lot of people, but how many? Where was I on the list? Now I know that I am allowed to set a boundary by directly contacting the host for more information. . . As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold" to always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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This one seems so basic now, right? I was always afraid to clarify things in the past, worrying that asking more questions would make someone think I was stupid or nagging. You know who made me feel that way? Narcissists. On purpose. Letting go of that fear now. Clarity is worth it. . . As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold to" always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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As I begin the process of pitching to clients and networking with new people, I am setting a lot of boundaries. It is a very effective way to find out whether someone is up for treating me like a human being or sees me as annoying. . . In the past, I let people get away with a lot socially because I was taught to appease difficult people. I'm done doing that now. The abusive narcissists can live their lives far away from me, thanks very much. . . I am learning about sales, something that terrified me when I was in college and grad school. It always felt abusive to me, but that was because abusive people used terrible tactics on me to try and sell me on things I didn't need based on fear. I always found it triggering. The process of being "sold" to always felt so horrible. . . I am beginning to understand, finally, that sales doesn't have to feel like abuse if it is done with human connection at the core of it. I am adding actual value to someone's business, and there is nothing wrong with promoting myself. Identifying pain points doesn't have to cause actual pain. . . Set boundaries and respect the boundaries other people set. It's not rocket science. . . #boundary #boundaries #healthyboundaries #setboundaries #setaboundary . #limit #limits #setlimits #sales #marketing #humanconnection . #communication #communications #promotion #clarity #direct . #trustyourgut #gowithyourgut #gutinstinct #trustyourintuition #intuition . #selflove #selfcare #selfawareness #selfworth . #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #abusesurvivor #recovery #takebackyourlink

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Listening to one side of the story and sitting on that information is nothing short of complicity. There’s no such thing as a responsible human being β€œnot getting involved” in the wilful destruction of another person’s life, family, career and reputation. I’m a great believer in letting people know what is going on around them. I wish more people had let me know what my ex had said about me. I could have sued his arse off! #knowledgeispower #speakupspeakout #tellafriend #whistleblowers #NPD #smearcampaign #pathologicalliars #flyingmonkeys #gaslightingawareness #narcissisticabuse #copingmechanisms #lackofsupport #narcisticpersonalitydisorder #narcissisticrecovery #abusesurvivor #financialabuse #mytruth #mystory #defamation #bystandereffect #creatingchaos #manipulativepeople #spousalabuse #puppetmaster #batteredspouses #timesup #strangerthanfiction #narcissistsarebitchy #themask #collateraldamage

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Finally got my cat back. I'm the factual one on the right. See the left for the #dramaking πŸ™„ (side note, his 'family' is his new live in GF who he manipulated out of her engagement and has already pulled a suicidal meltdown on) πŸ–€ Welcome to the #wordsalad #manipulation of a disordered person with #narcissisticpersonalitydisorder and #borderlinepersonalitydisorder tendencies. The #greyrock method is the only way to deal with these sick people if you still have to. Thankfully, for me, this was the last time I'll ever have to deal with his insanity. My kitten is home safe now. Went by the books on this one. You always have to make sure you're prepared for the gaslighting and projection they'll throw at you. Got a fantastic lawyer, followed the protocol, even got a police escort. Best part, after the cop took custody, I apologized for the trouble but said he could probably see in their records why I needed backup coming to this address. He laughed and said "Oh yeah, I've been here before. Multiple times" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚β˜  . #malignant #malignantnarcissist #clusterb #personalitydisorder #psycho #loser #warningsign #redflag #ideservebetter #wedeservebetter #futurefaker #narcissisticabuse #narcfree #narcissist #narcabuse #survivor #fighter #abuse #abusesurvivor #emotionalabuse #narcissism #ifmywoundswerevisible

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One photograph. One call. One sound of a voice who sounds a little bit like her. One TV show with a narcissist mother. The immediate fear that I feel is paralyzing ---- without any warning it can come like a tsunami, washing over my mood and make me feel like I'm drowning. I'm thinking of getting a tattoo. I don't have one but have been waiting for the right time. It has to be perfect --- I have a few ideas. It will remind me to be mindful. It will show strength and resilience. And most of all, it will remind me that I'm safe. I am safe.

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You can never win πŸ•Š * Winning comes from MOVING ON when you’re ready. * Picking yourself up off the floor, walking out that door and NEVER looking back. * EVER. * You are NOT β€˜too sensitive’. * You did NOT push anyone to β€˜act that way’. * You are allowed to live your life with PEACE & HAPPINESS. * Register for my FREE Narc-Detachment Video Course Go to my bio πŸ‘‰ @narc_proof_and_thriving and ❀️ click the link to register ❀️ * #toxicpeople #breakyoursilence #speakyourtruth #highconflictdivorce #hiddenabuse #toxicrelationships #abusiverelationship #setboundaries #narcissisticparent #narcissisticabuserecovery #abusesurvivor #narcissisticabuse #breakthesilence #raiseawareness #emotionalabuse #domesticabuse #domesticviolence #narcissisticabusesurvivor #emotionalabusesurvivor #domesticabusesurvivor #cognitivedissonance #empath #lightworker #intuitivehealer #healer #selflove #codependent #traumabonding #lackofselflove #narcproofandthriving Reposted from @narc_proof_and_thriving

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Effects of a depressive episode. My fingers are stilled, away from their normal click click of knitting. My mind is chaos. In that moment, I find guided writing can help to untangle the mess I find my mind in. #journaling #writing #mentalillness #abusesurvivor #ptsd

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You know that pride you feel for yourself when you do something that your former self would have NEVER done??? Or you felt like you would have been judged for it because for me 10000% would have been judged and told to change or told flat no we are not! ⁣ ⁣ Today I accomplished 2 things the Katie 6 months ago would have NOT done! 1st was the St. Jude 5k walk, let’s be honest I thought it was just a mile walk. Like I know what a 5K is but for some reason I thought it was 5K run/1 mile fun walk πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈOnce I arrived I realized I was completely wrong! No big deal I laced up my tennies a bit tighter and forged on! ⁣ ⁣ 2nd thing was going to see Downton Abbey not just seeing the movie & going to lunch but dressing up in roaring 20’s headpiece & gloves!! I mean let’s be honest everything is more fun dressed up!!! I felt so beautiful, like beautiful from the inside not because my forehead was covered in a gold bling headband! πŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈβ£ ⁣ I had the MOST self confidence I have ever felt today. Not one time today did I think, dang I wonder what people think or second guessed what I was doing, or how I was dressed I mean NOTHING!!!! ⁣ ⁣ Y’all when I say this transformation is more than just physically I am telling you the absolute truth!! It’s a change in my entire existence!! ⁣ ⁣ A year ago, heck 6 months ago before I started making myself a dang priority, I was BROKEN a mess but this Katie, this Katie I am and becoming is who I am meant to be!! ⁣ ⁣ What are the chances YOU are thinking this hits close to home?? I’m not saying you need elbow high gloves & feathers in your hair but if YOU need to realize you matter & need encouragement to make yourself a priority for at least 30 minutes a day then I wanna connect!! ⁣ ⁣ It’s simple... leave me a comment that says your favorite color & I would love to connect & see how I can support you!! New group kicks off soon!! Dang, I want YOU a part of it!!! Sometimes we need someone & I am here waiting for you! ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #stjudewalksdallas #stjude #abusesurvivor #priority #youcandothis #onestepatatime #trustthejourney #choosehappy #chooseyou #workingmom #makethetime #makeyourselfapriority #stjudewalkrun #singlemom #dallas #momboss

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Hooman gurl and dog-in-law sheep is teaching me how sticks are fun to play with #playtime #rescuedog #abusesurvivor #myfamilywoofs❀️

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From 2018 and I had no idea about this. A huge thank you to @badgalriri for using her amazing voice to slam #snapchat for us all. Us, survivors! What?! I swear I’m late to everything. But as a huge fan and one against making light of #domesticviolence and a #survivor , I must shout out my props. Thank you. #igdaily #getoffmylawn #notdramadriven πŸ™„ #abusesurvivor #badasswithagoodheart #self #rihannanavy #killingit #highervibes #domesticviolenceawareness #survivor #warrior #rihanna #badbitch #bossbaes #fentybeauty #fentyxpuma #aposhsavage #bringit #gratitude #cantstopwontstop #love

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This is a great quote from today's @jvn NY Times interview. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you read it. He comes out as HIV+ and talks of his history of sexual abuse. It's a must read. @jvn is the embodiment of authenticity. #broken #fixed #recovery #fighter #LGBQT #INSTAQUOTE #notallheroeswearcapes #doyoubelieve #queereye #survivorstories #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #authenticity #speakyourtruth #tellyourstory #storytellers

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Some days are H A R D. I’ve been struggling lately to digest all that has happened in the last 6 months. I’ve failed at keeping tabs on my loved ones and I’ve been self consumed in my own healing from the trauma I’ve experienced. I apologize to anyone who has felt like they have been put on the back burner because of my absence. I’m working on it. I love you all. I am trying. My survivor story is in the works. I didn’t think it would be this hard to write. I hope to have it to share by the end of the month and the start of #domesticviolenceawareness month. This will be a huge step in my healing and closing that incredibly hard chapter of my life where I had to say goodbye to someone I loved dearly to save my own life. #domesticviolence #domesticviolencesurvivor #survivorstory #domesticabuse #abusesurvivor #mentalhealth #whyistayed #whyileft #narcissisticabuse

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#Repost @christy_ann_martine β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ A little bit of empathy goes a long way when you're talking to someone who has been abused. . . I wrote this from my own experience and found out that many women can relate. This was recently shared on the Facebook page Empaths, Old Souls & Introverts and was shared by over 28,000 people from there. I plan to write some gender neutral pieces in the future because I know there are many men suffering from domestic violence as well and I do not want to leave them out. . . #domesticabuse #emotionalabuse #domesticviolence #abusevictims #abusesurvivor #stongwomen #gaslighting #domesticviolencesurvivor #domesticviolenceawareness #bekind #beafriend #narcissisticabuse #cptsd #stopjudging #toxicrelationship #healingtrauma #abusiverelationship #youdeservebetter #youarenotalone #neveragain #nevergiveup #empathy #empoweringwomen #healingjourney #abusiverelationship #christyannmartine

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Vill tillΓ€gna Γ₯t min tacksamhet till min Γ€lskade syster som har stΓ₯tt ut med mig sid vid sida i sΓ₯ mΓ₯nga Γ₯r utav besvikelse hopp om mig. oron hon har burit inom sig fΓΆrstΓ₯else fΓΆr mitt liv har dom flesta varit totalt maktlΓΆsa har hon med i varit i min kamp mot fΓΆrrΓ€diska liv jag levde i sΓ₯ mΓ₯nga Γ₯r. hon har sett ett o annat o dom flesta. Finns dom som blundar blundat vet men vill inte veta av kΓ€mpat med i med o motvind i gott o ont tillsammans har vi gΓ₯tt genom eld o vatten bestigit den hΓΆgsta bergen i det blΓ₯. LikasΓ₯ fallit handfallet mot det hΓ₯rda liggandes i fosterstΓ€llning i min sinnesfΓΆrvirring utav helvetet strΓ€ckte du ut din hand utav kΓ€rlek samtidigt du hata se pΓ₯ det du fΓ₯tt genomlida vid min sida. Gav du aldrig upp hoppet om mig. Finns ingen tacksammare mΓ€nniska Γ€n mig❀️❀️❀️ @tiuhu Γ€lskar dig sΓ₯ mycket. Vill Γ€ven berΓ€tta att jag har haft en vΓ€n i 11 Γ₯r utan nΓ₯ns vetskap som vet om allt om mitt liv i det dolda dΓ₯ hen har alltid funnits dΓ€r i alla lΓ€gen. Hen vΓ€glett mig stΓΆttat mig. Din famn fanns dΓ€r nΓ€r jag mest behΓΆvde den. Promenaderna i det kalla vinters vackra kyla vandra vi i mΓΆrker istapparna dekorera vΓ₯ra ansikten utav tΓ₯rar som snor. Med din vΓ€rme Tinades dom upp din ihΓ€rdiga tro om hopp. Att ta sig ur dysfunktionella levene. Utan du krΓ€nkte mig dΓΆmde mig. Helt enkelt du fanns dΓ€r. LΓ₯nga samtal tillbringats i kaos rΓ€dsla. Senaste samtalet va att jag har Γ€ntligen blivit fri. Men mΓ₯nga Γ₯rs rehabilitering mΓ₯nga sΓ₯r att lΓ€ka. Min syster o hen Γ€r min rΓ€ddning ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ #psykologi #dysfuntional #abuse #mittfΓΆrraliv #abusesurvivor #raper #life #mylife #lifewhitdrogaddick #vΓ₯rnΓ€sanhΓΆrig #polisen #socialen #tingsrΓ€tten #moa #vΓ€gen #beroende #medberoende #survivor2018 #psykolog #spykoterapi #traumaterapi #panikΓ₯ngest #panikattacken #rΓ€dsla #evig #levapΓ₯nytt #medicine #whrite #offetligahandlingar

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Went through a lifetime of old writing today. Visiting old pains. In a way, it is comforting to know that my younger self, even in elementary school, struggled with some things I still feel. And it is empowering to know that she still rose above it all, as the first slide shows; I used the concept of visible demons as metaphors for my fears and anxieties, but got so defiant at the end of the piece. "No, no, no." I also discovered that I wrote a lot of poetry. I never thought I was a poet. But I guess I was. I also see that I was a lonely child; in elementary school I wrote pleading notes to my journal, asking how I could fill the emptiness inside of me. As hard as seeing these things were, I feel I have gone back in time and comforted my past self, given her love, and understanding; finally provided the listening ear she never had. And now that she has finally been heard, I think we are both ready to let our pain go. #writing #writer #poet #poetry #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #journal #trauma #traumarecovery #abusesurvivor #survivor #abuse #forgiveness #love #healing #selfcare #memories

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Forgive yourself

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Don’t miss this podcast episode on Monday with @mindyoursubconscious! We cover so much on psychic awakening, tarot, hypnosis and even why bad things happen to good people. You can stream it on Spotify and iTunes! Remember when I quit Patreon and went missing for a while? A brief and never publicly explained reason is a part of our conversation. I’m excited for all of you to tune in! #psychic #psychicawakening #spiritual #energywork #instagood #tarot #instamood #knowledgeispower #liveauthentic #readings #reiki #psychicreading #intuition #energy #love #lawofattraction #clairaudient #clairvoyant #clairsentient #mentalhealth #behavioralhealth #story #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #addiction #survival #tarotbleeaccurate #mystory #biography #themeaningoflife

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There are two things that make this photograph especially profound: 1. Napoleon is alive. 2. Napoleon loves. He survived the machete attack that severed his leg to become the cutest tripod boy ever. That itself is a miracle. But the fact that Napoleon can still love with such gentleness, can still trust with such grace…that is its own miracle. And example. Napoleon is currently in the air on his way from Tijuana to Minnesota, where his forever home is waiting. Thank you @at-choofoundation and all involved in this happiest of outcomes. #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #tripodlove #caninesurvivor #abusesurvivor #muttsofinstagram @rickgervais @chrismarsart @aliciasilverstone

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This week, I could not stop mentally beating myself up. I felt responsible for so many ridiculous things outside of my control. From a young age, I was expected by my abuser to be in control of everything: Their own wellbeing, the wellbeing of my younger cousins, the wellbeing of my own grandparents. I made one mistake once and was humiliated for it in front of the whole family. I was 12 years old at the time. "You're the responsible one," my abuser shouted. My therapist, this week, asked that I look back on my younger self, ages 12-17, and try to forgive her. See that she was a child, put in the position of parent, therapist, and caretaker for an entire family, left to raise her cousins, even to tend to the infant children of older cousins with special needs while her abuser and rest of the family literally sat in a circle watching and laughing as I fumbled to understand how to care for a baby. She said I'm not that child anymore; I'm now only responsible for myself. And my young self could never have lived up to expectations back then. So I looked back today, on my old art. I can see, so plainly now, how much pain I was in back then. You can feel the chaos and confusion in these pieces; and I found photos of myself as a teen, covering her eyes and face with hair, hiding her body. I feel so bad for her. I want to hold her and tell her it's okay. So, younger me: You're forgiven. You were handed too much burden but you carried it anyway with such grace. I love you. #anxiety #depression #teenager #adolescence #confusion #frustration #retrospective #art #forgiveness #trauma #traumarecovery #abusesurvivor #abuse #survivor #anger #healing #artistsoninstagram #sketchbook #ink #inkdrawing #sketch #doodle #art #pen

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When you finally realize, your NOT the crazy one. I have walked miles for others but until recently I am walking for myself. Life is to precious to waste it on the ones who who would not walk a step in your shoes πŸ‘’πŸ‘‘πŸ‘ πŸ₯ΏπŸ₯ΎπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ž #upliftempowervalidate #dragonflyshope2 #enoughisenough #nomore1in4 #abusesurvivor #speakyourmind #sharealittlesunshine #motivationalspeaker

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Been practicing & sharing info bc we all need the reminders sometimes. I know I do today. . Reposted from @narc_proof_and_thriving - Things are unfolding for you πŸ•Š * Try not to judge where you are. * Be kind and gentle with yourself. * Nurture your inner self. * Your mental and spiritual well-being are most important at this time of healing. * βœ… Here’s four ways I can help you after emotional abuse. Click the link in bio above to find out more βœ… * #kindandgentle #nurtureyourself #healingyourself #innerwork #grateful #youdeservemore #nonjudgement #toxicpeople #healthyrelationships #narcissisticabuserecovery #abusesurvivor #narcissisticabuse #unmaskingmovement #raiseawareness #emotionalabuse #domesticabuse #domesticviolence #narcissisticabusesurvivor #emotionalabusesurvivor #domesticabusesurvivor #emotionallyhealthy #empath #lightworker #intuitivehealer #healer #selflove #codependent #traumabonding #narcissisticbehaviour #narcproofandthriving

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5 years ago this month, on my birthday, I was at rock bottom. I had lost my will to live. . I had a couple million dollars in bank, a gorgeous luxury townhome in LA, 5-star international trips under my belt, and I was my own boss calling the shots. Yet I was lonely, miserable, terrified, exhausted, and tired of fighting my crazy brain. . I felt like I was living in quicksand day after day, and I didn’t see a way out πŸ˜žβ€”even after spending years in therapy and reading dozens of self-help books. . On my birthday, I had a plan in place and I didn’t let a soul know, I didn’t think anyone would really care if I was gone. (A common lie that depression tells the mind on repeat.) . BUT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS FOR ME. . Somehowβ€”that I cannot explainβ€”I ended up in a nearby recovery room for people who have reached total despair and their lives have become unmanageable. . In listening to the souls in that room, I for the first time in my life didn’t feel like I was crazy, or alone. πŸ’œHere were all of these people being real AF, sharing their pain, and giving me hope that there IS a way out and a better way to live. I believed them. . The irony isn’t lost on me that #suicidepreventionmonth is September, and I felt called to share this part of my story for the first time. . Share this post with someone you love, someone who seems β€œOK,” someone who appears to have it all. Share it with whomever you have a gut instinct to share it with and trust those instincts no matter how bizarre they seem. . One of the main contributing factors of suicide is people don’t see a way out of the pain, and I’m here to tell you there is! There is no pain too great to overcome. . For help please call the suicide prevention hotline πŸ“žat 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.

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I managed to capture a picture of Hugo when I was playing peek-a-boo with him and. . . Am I crazy or is he somehow just super-extra-high-level cute?? I mean, I know I'm biased because I love the little nerdle, but . . . . I just can't understand how he is so cute sometimes! . (Prolonged eye contact used to scare him- I love that it's a game now! He's come a long way!) . . . . . #embarrassingcatnicknames #hemeltsmyheart #thatfacethough #cutienugget #prettykitty #hiseyesaremagic #catoftheday #beautifulcat #housetiger #longwhiskers #cuteface #cutiecat #preciouscat #rescuecatsofinstagram #tripawd #catface #catstagram #gatito #catoftheday #cutestcats #katzen #chatonmignon #instacat #peekaboocat #abusesurvivor

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Sunshine on my face 🌞 on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon and I’m thinking of YOU! . . . And how together we can recognize πŸ‘€ the manipulative people early on. . . . Here’s the deal... There are manipulative people in the... πŸ‘‰ Home πŸ‘‰ Family πŸ‘‰ Work place πŸ‘‰ Churches πŸ‘‰ Spiritual world πŸ‘‰ Corporate America . . . At Starbucks Birthday parties Holidays... . . . See what I mean? . . . So how do you SEE these people for who they truly are early on???? β€œManipulative people are those who disguise their interests as your interests. These people will do their best to manipulate you into believing that their opinions are objective facts” . . . Some are even MASTER MANIPULATORS . . . They play the game so Well you are fooled for so long. 🀯🀬 . . . Is this you? Do you find yourself being β€œfooled” by these types Of people? Are you ready to play the game BETTER THAN Them??? Yes? YES!!!!!! Then I invite you to my β€œLife after Narcissism” masterclass where we will spend 6 weeks together on a healing journey. ✨ Get the tools you need right now to stop πŸ›‘ These people from taking advantage of your good nature. . . . PM me for the details

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I've been through all this and more... if you need a reminder that things do get better, believe me when I say DON'T GIVE UP... It takes work but healing, transmutation of your experience and a new infinitely happier life will be your reward... I've had people in my life trying to 'help' but unless you've had similar experience AND are also recovered, you really can't begin to imagine the process of healing decades of being unavoidably caught up in past circumstances. For insight on the challenges I've had and how i've been dealing with them visit @melanietoniaevans page. I'm so grateful for her work as it takes an approach that validates and positively resonates with me.... I've been through the most challenging year of my existence so far, experiencing the most intense range of emotions that tbh nearly finished me, but there's no going back and I'll take this opportunity to assert this for myself and the people who need to read it - πŸ’›πŸ•Š #traumabonding #abusesurvivor #ifmywoundswerevisible #thrive #narcinon #narcissisticabuserecovery #covertnarcissism #narc #narcawareness #survivor #control #narcissistic #npdawareness #flyingmonkeys #abusiverelationship #toxic #ptsd #silenttreatment #psychopathfree #psychology #overtnarcissist #projection #cptsdrecovery #thriver #surthrive #selfcare #selflove

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I created a playlist for someone a while ago as a joke and now it's the only thing I listen to. Honestly, it's full of bops. And somehow this playlist captures the spirit of that person better than anything I could ever say with my own words. Those songs make me feel his presence so deeply,makes me laugh, makes me tear up... oof. The things music can do. 🌻 @stacieswift * #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealth #mentalhealthadvocate #recovery #endthestigma #stayalive #anxiety #depression #mentalillness #selfcare #selfharmrecovery #addiction #abusesurvivor #survivor #keepfighting #youarestrongerthanyouthink #suicideprevention #reasonstostayalive #reasonstolive #youarenotafailure #mentalhealthawareness #trauma #suicideawareness #healing

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A crumpled note of broken dreams. "I did what I was supposed to do... I finished college I moved to a great city I got a good job So how did I end up with an abuser for a boyfriend?" #toxicrelationships #abusesurvivor #abusiverelationships #stopdomesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #ipv #whenlovehurts #youcangetout #datingabuse #domesticviolence #knowledgeispower #youarenotalone #wannagowannastay #christianmemoirs #cycleofabuse

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"𝑂𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ β„Žπ‘–π‘”β„Žπ‘€π‘Žπ‘¦ π‘π‘’π‘™π‘œπ‘€, π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘œπ‘™ 𝑏𝑒𝑠 π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘™π‘™π‘  π‘π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘’π‘‘ π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘π‘π‘–π‘›π‘”. 𝐼 π‘Žπ‘š π‘œπ‘›π‘™π‘¦ 7, 𝑏𝑒𝑑 𝐼 π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ 𝑖𝑑 𝑖𝑠 π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘“π‘Žπ‘π‘‘ π‘šπ‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘› π‘Žπ‘›π‘¦ π‘œπ‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘šπ‘Žπ‘˜π‘’π‘  π‘šπ‘¦ π‘“π‘Žπ‘šπ‘–π‘™π‘¦ π‘‘π‘–π‘“π‘“π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘›π‘‘. π‘Šπ‘’ π‘‘π‘œπ‘›'𝑑 π‘”π‘œ π‘‘π‘œ π‘ π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘œπ‘™. π·π‘Žπ‘‘ π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘’π‘  π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘”π‘œπ‘£π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘›π‘šπ‘’π‘›π‘‘ 𝑀𝑖𝑙𝑙 π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘π‘’ 𝑒𝑠 π‘‘π‘œ π‘”π‘œ, 𝑏𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑑 π‘π‘Žπ‘›'𝑑 π‘π‘’π‘π‘Žπ‘’π‘ π‘’ 𝑖𝑑 π‘‘π‘œπ‘’π‘ π‘›'𝑑 π‘˜π‘›π‘œπ‘€ π‘Žπ‘π‘œπ‘’π‘‘ 𝑒𝑠. πΉπ‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘œπ‘“ π‘šπ‘¦ π‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘ ' 𝑠𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 π‘β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘› π‘‘π‘œπ‘›'𝑑 β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘π‘–π‘Ÿπ‘‘β„Ž π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘–π‘“π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’π‘ . π‘Šπ‘’ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘›π‘œ π‘šπ‘’π‘‘π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘  π‘π‘’π‘π‘Žπ‘’π‘ π‘’ 𝑀𝑒 π‘€π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘› π‘Žπ‘‘ β„Žπ‘œπ‘šπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘›π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘Ÿ 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 π‘Ž π‘‘π‘œπ‘π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘›π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘’. π‘Šπ‘’ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ π‘›π‘œ π‘ π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘œπ‘™ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘  π‘π‘’π‘π‘Žπ‘’π‘ π‘’ 𝑀𝑒'𝑣𝑒 π‘›π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘Ÿ 𝑠𝑒𝑑 π‘“π‘œπ‘œπ‘‘ 𝑖𝑛 π‘Ž π‘π‘™π‘Žπ‘ π‘ π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘œπ‘š." . . . EducatedΒ  is both a tale of hope and a record of horror. We know from the first page of her book that Tara Westover is a bright woman, a gifted writer with an impressive, poetic command of language. . . . I had a really tough time reading this book. The physical and emotional abuse made me want to put it down and forget about it. The manipulation, the abuse she went through left me speechless. While not unique, family issues are still so taboo. Brainwashing your own self into thinking it's your fault, that it wasn't that bad or that you imagined it will hit way too close for comfort for a lot of people. The author's writing was beautiful and her courage to get an education and stand up to her family was inspiring. Do recommend if you can stomach it. Thanks #anybooksapp for the book. Pic courtesy @meeraj_1812 #whenyougetboredinoffice #educated #tarawestover #biography #nonfiction #religionandspirituality #religion #autobiography #officereads #bored #abusesurvivor #taboo #emotionalabuse #physicalabuse #inspiring #hopeandhorror #horror #readersofinstagram #books #lifeofareader #wordgasm

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Always 🎯

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I remember the day like it was yesterday. The day I decided to be done with abusive men. The moment I realized that life was not going to wait for me if I chose to stay on the road I was on, a road of submission, apathy, and surrender to the darkness of what is narcissistic abuse. I realized I had a choice: I could continue to hurt at the hands of someone I loved, or I could love myself enough to leave the pain behind for good. So I chose Life. My life. And when I finally realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life choosing to love myself enough to be happy, I wanted the rest of my life to start as soon as possible. And that’s how I made it to where I am today, standing in the light, never returning to the darkness again. The choice was mine. The choice is ours. The choice is yours. Is today the day that you finally say enough is enough? Because life isn’t slowing down to wait. So there’s no better time than now to make that choice. And choose YOU. www.suzannaquintana.com #abusesurvivor #breakthecycle #chooseyou #strongwomen #empowerment #createyourlife #silentnomore #narcissistfree #loveismysuperpower #yourestillthatgirl #emotionalfreedom #narcissisticabuse #healingjourney #toxicrelationship #narcissisticabuseawareness

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Tucker is out of surgery and is doing great! While under, Tucker had his left eye removed, a molar removed and a grape sized growth removed from his leg. This past Saturday he was freed from a shell of matted fur and today his transformation was complete. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our old man! We will keep you updated on Tucker’s recovery! β€’ β€’ β€’ #huffpostgram #transformation #seniordog #rescuedog #abusesurvivor #survivordog #againstallodds #chicagodog #beforeandafter #seniorrescuedog

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What if I get anxiety? When I_______ then I will/can If only________ then I could ____ Anxiety Excuses There are so many mind games that are not fun to play. I cancelled my membership and changed my address to return to sender .... #abusesurvivor #abusetraumasurvivor #abusenomore #anxietyfromabuse #panicattack #socialanxietydisorder #triggers #mystorymyshame #mysecrets #traumasurvivors #PTSD #ptsdawareness #iwasabused #isurvivedabuse #sexualassault #sexualabusetrauma #sexualabuse #metoohealing #metoo❀️ #mentalhealth #mentalabuse #childhoodabuse #childhoodsexualabuse #depressionfromabuse #healingfromptsd

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What you Say Yes to: you get more of. What you Say No to: alters the route; and therefore, the speed at which your dreams arrive at your reality. If you want what you want - right now, then: Say No. To Align is to Refine. 🎧Asadinho,Natamiq-Transgression

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”She can’t move forward or backward. She is stuck in time. A constant.” -Mina Rehman #purple #purpleunicorn #art #unicorn #purpleart #vibrantcolors #trauma #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #time #minarehman

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Reality can't deliver your dreams without a clear connection to YOU. & The abundance of your availability to follow your own Soul's whims is the direct path to you. 🎧Fractacles,NewbieNerdz,Moonwalk-Hysteria

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Invest in your ability to Dream: a mindset affirming that you are in control of your own mind and the choices you make; a mindset that naturally cultivates an environment of possibility, magic, and desires fulfilled - once you build the confidence to direct it. 🎧Suprafive,Abby,FeleaEmanuelRemix-HighOnYou

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I used to write poems as a way to get my emotions out when I was dealing with shitty relationships through my college years. I decided to throw them all together and make a book. It's on Amazon if you'd like to check it out. βœπŸΌπŸ““

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