Domestic Violence Awareness: Girl, There Is Always A Rainbow After The Storm

Hey Everyone!

Yes, I switched up my hair...I felt like a few curls! This photo is of me last weekend at a dinner party. We were having a good time and playing around with photo filters after we ate a 5 course meal...the food was so yummy!

The rainbow light in my face goes perfectly with my post today and symbolic of my life...there is always a rainbow after the storm...Yasss God!

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Subconsciously this month effects my mood at times. I get all kinds of feels, sometimes I realize why and other times I just retreat and do a lot of self reflection. 

I was asked years ago by a friend of mine that was on staff at the time to speak at Prairie View A&M University about my personal experience with domestic violence. I respectfully declined because it was too soon. I had just recently found the strength to leave an unhealthy marriage and was still wrapping my head around what I had just gone through. 

So speaking to women about it, hmmm I didn't even know if I could hold back my tears and make it through that talk, let alone inspire someone...it was too fresh of a wound. God will cover you, keep you and prepare you for the next dimension in your life in His perfect time.

This past July I met a wonderful woman while at a business event hosted by GLAAACC. She's over an amazing community called The Positive Results Cooperation that helps raise awareness for violence and abuse among teenagers and young adults. Through our conversation, I knew it was time to start telling my story and get involved with this movement in hopes of inspiring the next person.

I'm excited that this weekend I will lending my voice and talent to support The Positive Results Cooperation at their annual Tea Party. On behalf of SIWEL I will be donating beautiful handbags for their silent auction and speaking briefly about my story. I hope that my truth will inspire women who are currently in a domestic violence situation. You, or if you have a friend or a family member, I want you to know that there is light on the other side. The first step is when you decide to love yourself more then your abuser, there is beauty and freedom in self love. It's not going to be easy, but just do the work one day at a time.

Many of you may not know, but SIWEL was founded during that dark time in my life. At that time, my design ability was and continues to be a meditative and therapeutic practice today. SIWEL is a constant reminder to myself of my strengths, even during moments of self-doubt. I look at what I have accomplished and see my magic, and affirm to myself that I am indeed special and here for a purpose higher than myself!

Ladies, we have to continue to affirm ourselves. When we do that, we no longer look for anything or anyone outside of ourselves to do it. Like Oprah says, {What I know for sure}, well, what I know for sure is that God is using me. This platform is the doorway to my purpose and destiny...life work. As I continue on my journey, my hope is that I will inspire women to push through, survive and thrive through life's challenges. And that they will use their moments of clarity to serve others.

 

If you are currently in a domestic violence situation please contact the Nation Domestic Violence Hotline. You can do so anonymously. http://www.thehotline.org

"Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential."

 

With So Much LOVE,

     Treasure MaDonna