Scars and Tiaras

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1,000 Miles: Conversation > Walking Miles

It was all worked out. The miles would work if I pushed myself ever-so-many per day. I would still make it. This would still be a win! And then one of those names walked through my door late at night in need of refuge. Suddenly the need changed. Suddenly the goal changed. As we sat […]

1,000 Miles: “What if you don’t make it?”

To the untrained eye, I appear to be obsessed with walking. Neighbors notice me take off several times each day now, versus the previous once, maybe twice a day. It’s December 3 and I still have over 200 miles to go before the year ends. Some have suggested that I should give myself a break, […]

Elsewhere: Lean On Me

“When she accepted my invitation to talk, to get to know each other, I doubt she realized she was accepting an invitation to dig at our wounds.” Featured at Parley, the student journal for Pikes Peak Community College. Read the whole essay here: http://www.ppcc.edu/parley/articles/lean-on-me-how-i-serve/

The day I was too afraid to walk

As I rounded a corner, I heard a truck roll up behind me. It was a slow roll, the tires crunching the unpaved road, and instead of feeling secure that someone was actually driving cautiously, my stomach knotted. I looked over my shoulder and met the eyes of a man. He was staring at me. […]

It’s Not a “Punch in the Face” Greeting: #WhyIStayed Vlog

If someone walked right up to you and punched you in the face, you probably wouldn’t like them very much. But an abuser usually isn’t that obvious. (Video is approximately 6 minutes.)   Please subscribe to my weekly update newsletter for notification of when each new video is posted, or bookmark this site and come […]

I Didn’t Want to Let Him Down: #WhyIStayed Vlog

{Part 2 of 2 for Week 3} In this second half of the video, I stay in my 13th year a little to share some of his story to explain why I didn’t want to let him down. (Video is approximately 5 minutes.)   Please subscribe to my weekly update newsletter for notification of when […]

Passing the Test: #WhyIStayed Vlog

{Part 1 of 2 for Week 3} In this video, I go back and answer a question people ask me about “the first test.” (Video is approximately 4 minutes.)   Please subscribe to my weekly update newsletter for notification of when each new video is posted, or bookmark this site and come back often. You […]

Video: Why I Walk

A short video answering the questions about why I am walking 1,000 miles in 2014. Note: As mentioned in the video, please see Kleva’s story here — Survivor shares story during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

I Was Pregnant: #WhyIStayed Vlog

In this video of the #WhyIStayed series, I touch on my teen pregnancy. Without taking a lot of your time, I merely skim the surface of my story. You can stay tuned to this site for the written story as it unfolds. I’m happy to answer ANY questions you might have. Thank you for tuning […]

Standing on my own two feet

a guest post by Tamara Wright Life has its twists and turns and sometimes you don’t know whether you are coming or going. There are those whose life seems somewhat blissful. There may be moments in their lives when things seem out of sorts but for the most part everything seems to go their way. […]