23 years ago I became a homeless, runaway youth! ￼I ran away after my birth mother had attempted to murder me. I used a payphone, much like this one to call a friend. ￼ I can’t even explain to you the amount of courage it takes to pick up the phone and call for help during your darkest moments but as I look back, I am so glad courage showed up within me that day. ￼I contemplated killing myself. I questioned my existence so often.
My trials and pain were not over the moment I made that call but the help on the other end gave me a few more ounces of hope. Seeds of faith were planted as I walked into the unknown. I walked away from domestic violence and tiptoed into freedom.
I would love to say that I had complete confidence ￼and that I was a warrior that day￼ but sister, that would be a lie. ￼I was scared, and scarred. I had more questions than answers and more doubts than faith. I had learning disabilities and mental blocks that created anxiety and depression as deep and dark as the journey to the bottom of the ocean￼. ￼
Thank you to every single person who has answered the call at the other end of the line! Thank you for sowing into my life so that I could pay it forward, and sow into the lives of others! ￼ I know that people work can be triggering and difficult, but as Sarah Jakes Roberts puts it, I believe ￼sometimes our triggers in life are our weapon!
I am so grateful for every opportunity that I get to share my story to help empower and uplift the lives of others. This month I get to join IMPACTtruth, Inc. as a speaker for a conference in San Antonio!! I get to help empower those working with our vulnerable youth and community members in the throws of poverty, abuse, homelessness, foster care, and generational cycles of pain! Today I also said yes, to an interview with a magazine that reaches women all over Australia and New Zealand! As soon as it releases, I will share it with you. My nonprofit Simply Encourage is in its foundational year! I am so grateful for all who believe in me and this journey I am walking! 😭❤️
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