He Hauls Off and Throws a Glass of Water in my Face

We present ourselves as confident, determined and gritty business women.  We keep hidden in the shadows the truth about the life we live at home.  Fear, anxiety and guilt are our constant companions but are seldom expressed.  Like many of us, that was my guests’...

She “Gets It”!!

Ruth Glenn is the President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).  She has served with this organization since 2014 and is a domestic abuse survivor.  She “gets it”! We talk about victims wondering “how could I have allowed this to...

People Know and People See

My guest, Bonnie Frank, created and managed a flourishing business, from scratch and on her own, while living in the midst of a very damaging relationship.  She created her business by live-stream, every day, in spite of grueling accusations, confrontations and...

But What Does OK Mean?

“And yet, our society seems to think we should brush ourselves off after a life-altering change, go back to work and be OK.  But, what does OK mean?” That’s a quote from Heather V. Shore’s new book, Deeply Wounded Hope.  Another that made me smile is God saying to her...

You Are Not the Only One. You are Not Alone.

Today’s guest, Lindsey Ellison, wrote in HuffPost, “While our culture gets criticized for being too pro-divorce, I’d like to counter that criticism and say we are a culture of over-tolerance. We tolerate bad behavior and bad relationships for far too long. We are...

To be a Great Parent…

Anna Seewald, Founder of Authentic Parenting, brings clear insight and provides helpful advice for those of us raising children after experiencing domestic abuse.  We discuss the core of her teaching which is, “to be a great parent we need to work on ourselves.  By...

I Remember the Exact Moment…

Addressing tough issues with confidence, encouragement and love of life, this show is both entertaining and inspiring.  My guest is a survivor of sexual abuse (including rape); partner abuse; and is the mother of twins who were abused by their biological father after...

Freedom K9 Project

Do you know there’s a service dog a program for women suffering from PTSD as a result of sex trafficking and domestic violence?   There is! Lydia Wood founded an organization called Freedom K9 Project, specifically to meet the needs of women survivors of domestic...

Not Many Options

As a home-schooled young woman in a small, relatively closed community, at 19 Sarah was attracted to and married a handsome, charismatic and charming young man who swept her off her feet.  Almost immediately, though she was not physically attacked, his rage at the...

Loneliness is a Sign

Don’t you love synchronicity?  I do.  When two totally separate events come together to make sense, I love it! In the past several days I’ve had people tell me they are lonely.  I’ve been surprised; that’s not something I hear very often.  And then, I read a statement...

No Bigger Illusion

Without regard to what the abuse was doing to you, were you taught not to embarrass your family by talking about your abuse?  Was the message loud and clear that talking about the way your abuser treated you would bring dishonor, disgrace, to him and the family? That...

Am I a Fraud?

I was momentarily ecstatic when I read the news brief about me and Surviving Abuse network. Then the fear, the anxiety, the knot in the pit of my stomach erupted!

WHAT IF… WHAT IF… WHAT IF…

Top 10 Lessons Learned from Domestic Abuse Survivors

Odds are good that you have heard these Top 10 Lessons but, as a survivor of abuse, they are all buried. Our old buddy, Fear, has over-ridden putting them into practice, even in your new life.

You’ve Been Out of Abuse for a While: What Now?

Even if you’ve been out of domestic abuse for decades, I bet you are still being held hostage, in your head, by your abuser. There are thoughts and experiences that bring back that empty feeling in your stomach, make your heart race and cause the familiar burning dread of fear and guilt in our hearts and minds.

4,774,000 Women in the U.S. Experience Physical Violence by an Intimate Partner Every Year


The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during the same time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war. http://bit.ly/2jc1N8x

Join the conversation: Domestic Abuse is real and we don’t have to live with it! Surviving Abuse Network is one place for you to participate with a sisterhood of domestic abuse survivors. Together we will make a difference. #1in4domesticabuse https://www.facebook.com/Surviving-Abuse-Network-137284130241322/

Society Does Not Want Us to Talk About Domestic Abuse

Because society does not want to question the Father figure, the Authority figure. If Authority is questioned, the implication is that we are ALL just poor, weak human beings. Nope, can’t let that happen!

And Then I Left the Chocolates in the Car

It’s the holiday season, right?  And, the best way to resolve frustration, loneliness, anger, distress … holiday blues?  Eat.  

In “Eat, Pray and Love Yourself” Mickie tells an embarrassing story about the power of a box of chocolates had over her! 

This time of year,

He Had Me Convinced I Was Crazy


He was kind and caring, and then he turned mean and violent. He told me it was my fault he got so angry. I believed him for the longest time. I believed he wanted to change. If you are a survivor of abuse, you have experienced all those emotions and beliefs.