How to Use Forgiveness as a Healing Tool for You

Imagine that someone put a hot coal in your hand and it burns you. Instead of dropping the coal, you carry it around, and it continues to hurt and burn. One day, you finally decide to release it. Your hand starts to heal. It takes time, and there might be a scar, but the constant […]

Finding Strength in Vulnerability

It was an idle Tuesday afternoon last week at a Spin class when I finally got a hit of inspiration for this blog. (I’d been procrastinating for the past month.) Our instructor was leaving us with a nugget of wisdom that hit me like a ton of bricks, and it was then that I finally […]

How to Gain Perspective on Your Self-Worth

If you were to make a list of all the things that make you feel down on yourself, you may be surprised by how many items you don’t actually have the power to change. Whether it’s the size of your forehead, the family you were born into, or past experiences you’ve had, you can’t change […]

You are Worth It: Building Your Self-Esteem

“Hey, Alexa: Purchase self-worth from Amazon.” Can you imagine how convenient it would be to just buy self-esteem when you’re running low? Unfortunately, learning that you are capable, significant, and worthy is a skill that can’t be ordered through a one-click checkout. Instead, your “cart” of self-worth is filled day by day through what you […]

Sexual Arousal During Abuse and the Shame of the Survivor

Think about the last time you sat down to eat. Maybe you finally managed to sneak a lunch break at work. Or maybe you got home for the day and had a nice family dinner. After you got done eating, you probably decided whether or not it was a good time for your body to […]

How to Find Change Through Giving and Gratitude

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may be constantly giving to other people. It’s common for survivors to be caretakers, to make sure that everyone else is taken care of, and it can be exhausting and draining. But, with planning, mindfulness, and a focus on gratitude, giving to others can increase your happiness […]

How to Practice the 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope in Nature

When was the last time you got to really spend some time outside? Have you been able to go for a nice walk lately? Maybe you live close to the ocean or a lake. Could you go for a swim? We’ve all enjoyed the renewal that can come from being out in nature, soaking up […]