I’m still trying to catch up on the awards that were so graciously given and I am woefully behind and I do apologize for that. I was given this award by Battered Wife Seeking Better Life. I was also awarded this honor by Elicit by Nature many moons ago, who has since gone private, however, I feel it only right to thank her for considering me a brave heart. They are both truly sister-survivors and I humbly accept this award and I am happy to pass it on.
Rules for accepting the award are as follows:
1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post a comment on your nominees blog (with a link back to your Brave Heart Award results), notifying them that they have been nominated for The Brave Heart Award with the quote below.
Stand Strong You Are Not Alone
I call you a survivor, because that is what you are. There are days when you don’t feel like a survivor and there are days when the memories trigger your past and it feels like you are losing the fight – but you are not. Take the past and heal with it. You are strong. I want you to know that the abuse was not your fault. It does not matter what age it happened. You did not deserve it, you did not cause it, and you did not bring it on yourself. You own no shame, guilt, or remorse. In your life, you have faced many demons but look around you and you will see there is hope, and there is beauty. You are beautiful, You are loved, there is hope. You deserve to be loved and treated with respect. You deserve peace and joy in your life. Don’t settle for anything less than that. God has plans for you. Your future does not have to be dictated by your past.
Each step you take you are not alone.
3. Take the 12 question interview yourself and share your answers on your blog.
4. Nominate 12 blogs.
5. Share the 12 question interview with your nominees to answer.
6. Share your 12 nominees website/blog links on your blog page.
7. You can not nominate a blog if they have already received the Brave Heart Award.
Interview with myself:
1) Tell us about your blog.
My blog chronicles my life as a victim and my transition into survivor, which, continues on a daily basis. I tried to design my blog, however, I had to have a little help from my friends as I am IT challenged. 🙂
2) What is the title and description of your blog?
The title of my blog is a very simple one. My name (pseudonym). I chose the name…….are you ready for this? I chose my name from the He-Man cartoon series. Teela was the warrior goddess and Hart was chosen because I still have one even after the years of abuse I suffered. I lived in Domestic Violence for 19 years before finally making the great escape/exodus etc. I have many layers to my personality, some funny, some serious, some angry, some other stuff. I’m just a woman. No more, no less.
3) Who is your intended audience?
Originally, my intended audience was anyone who has been or still is in a domestic violence situation. I believe that the spectrum has broadened. In my mind, it makes sense to reach as many who are oblivious to domestic violence as I can in order to bring it to the forefront. I want everyone I can reach to know DV is a real and deadly epidemic and desperately needs to be addressed.
4) How did you come up with the title of your blog?
See # 2. Other than that, “Surviving Domestic Violence” is what I do every day and it seemed to fit me.
5) Give us an interesting fun fact about your blog.
Well, I do not always blog about DV. Sometimes I simply blog about my daily experiences, because, well, I’m still human, and I’m still a woman. I frequently blog about music I love, life’s funny shit that gets thrown my way. (Even though at the time it may not be all that funny.) I can’t forget my rants which are not all that fun I suppose, but if you give it time (6 months or so) it get’s funnier. 😉
6) What other blogs do you own and what makes them alike?
None. This is it.
7) Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
This could be a loaded question, so, I’ll say not really. Oh, I do love to ride the roads. It clears my head.
8) How can we contact you or find out more about your blog?
I have my email address under contact on my blog and the only way to find out more about my blog is to read it. 😀
9) What can we expect from you in the future.
More of the same.
10) What can readers do who enjoy your blog do to help make your blog more successful?
Feedback is always welcome, I have buttons so that readers can share on twitter or FB. (You might not want to share my rants ) But, please feel free to share anything else. 🙂
11) Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers/bloggers?
Most definitely. Be yourself. Don’t be ashamed to be so. Sometimes I feel I should be strictly DV oriented. I have learned as I stated earlier in this post that I am an onion. I have many layers. I am more than a survivor. I am survivor yes, but I’m also a woman with a mind of my own and it’s ok for me to be both. Same goes for you. Unless of course you’re a man.
12: Before you go, could you share a snippet from your blog?
“Silence is Deadly”
Your heart, mind, body and soul is caged like a wild animal and you reciprocate by acting like one. You know nothing but obedience or reprisal. No one hears your cries of desperation; they turn a blind eye and may even take the side of your captor out of fear of retribution themselves. Your life’s spirit now sucked from you and into the vacuum of a soulless being, you give up the fight.
It is now time to die by either his hands or your own.
Silence is deadly.