Becoming a volunteer for Women's Aid, has made me realise just how far I've actually come in the last 3 years and that I should take more ownership over it and be proud of myself that I broke free from an abusive marriage. Because...

 

I was once that woman who always had a smile for everyone, but behind closed doors was called moody, hormonal, and boring.

I was once that woman who was trying to change myself for someone that never really cared. 

I was once that woman who would cry myself to sleep most nights believing that I'd never be good enough...for anyone.

I was once that woman who was gaslighted to the point of questioning my own sanity.

I was once that woman who was made to feel isolated even with everyone around me.

I was once that woman who had to tend to HIS needs.

I was once that woman who was undermined in front of others. 

I was once that woman who was repeatedly told I was selfish.

I was once that woman who was too broken to share her story...

I'm no longer broken.

I'm no longer afraid.

I'm no longer a victim.

I am stronger, smarter, more careful and I know my self-worth.

 

I AM the woman who wanted a better life.

I AM the woman who decided enough was enough.

 

I've had a lot of unpleasant experiences in my life, but they definitely do not define who I am as a woman. If I can be just one other person's story, then I have made an impact on them and that is honestly one of THE best feelings ever.