I want you to know how honored I am to have crossed paths with you.
It is my hope that this message finds you with an awareness of your inherent worth, knowledge of your true power, and practicing a daily plan that maintains your freedom.
This can be a busy and emotionally-complicated season. You may be choosing to spend time with loved ones or choosing to avoid family dynamics altogether.
Either way, this can be a difficult time for trauma survivors and if you are feeling activated, overwhelmed, or lonely, I want to gently remind you that I’m here.
I don’t mind sharing with you that I have experienced many challenges in my period of trauma recovery during these times when it is almost expected for everyone to be open and cheerful.
It is often a time when you may be pressured to show love and attention that you feel you are not ready to give, and it’s ok that you don’t (or can’t); it’s ok if you do, as long as you have a plan for self-care to help prevent an emotional collapse later on.
In my own experience, I have attempted to participate, reinforced boundaries, requested “no contact”, grieved nurturing relationships and normalcy, and spent many holidays alone because of flashbacks and the toxicity of dysfunctional family gatherings.
I am here to listen and also to help you cope.
This is me wishing you a steady and stable holiday season and a successful new year ahead.
The past no longer needs to infiltrate your present or dictate your future!
You are powerful, valued, and appreciated.
I just had to let you know…