One of the things that I always find fascinating is that, when I look back and how Surviving My Past got started, it’s mind-blowing to see it from the tiny place where I started sharing my story, and now continuing to blossom into a safe place where so many survivors come to get inspired and be validated in their journey.
That’s all because of the amazing, brave, and incredible people just like YOU, who have shared their story as a guest blogger or stop by regularly to read about other survivors or my story as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, and bullying.
Perhaps you are here because you are new to being a survivor and you are trying to figure out exactly what that all means; trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve sat down at my computer looking for information on what in the world a survivor was and how I suddenly realized that I am one.
Maybe you’ve been at this healing journey thing for years now, now and you’ve learned a great deal about yourself, both past and present. Perhaps you’re now feeling pretty confident and, dare I say, “thriving”! *gasp, I know right!*
No matter where you are, if you are a reader of this blog, chances are you are either a survivor, know a survivor, or have a heart for helping others. Heck, maybe you’re all those and more!
So, I wanted to first all say a huge THANK YOU to you for coming by SMP and showing your support for survivors by reading their stories. I hope that each and every post and all of the content here is inspiring and validating, and encourages you to continue healing and never give up, no matter where you are in life.
Secondly, I wanted to invite you to consider sharing your story as a Guest Blogger, and to be part of a collaborative effort that I’ve undertaken with friend, former podcast guest, and incredible advocate, Josh Rivedal.
Josh reached out to me to be a part of the 2nd edition of his “i’MPossible Project” book series, where I was able to share some of my survivor story and be included among dozens of other survivors who also took part in the book. It was a wonderful experience, and knowing the importance of using our voice to reach others, I wanted to take it to the next level, and that’s where Josh came in.
He reached out to me earlier this year about collaborating on 3rd edition of his i’MPossible Project series and I pretty much leaped at the opportunity to join him in this incredible venture.
This is where you come in! We are seeking submissions for consideration in our book and We Want to Hear from You!
If you’re a survivor, then you’ve got a story to tell that is uniquely you, and will surely inspire and encourage all who read about some of what you endured and how you continue work through that trauma to break free from your past.
If you’re a therapist, coach, psychologist, counselor, or other helping professional who works with clients in the areas of overcoming all types of past trauma, we’d love to hear from you too! Tell us what it means to help your clients work through a traumatic past and see them blossom into their true authentic self!
Narcissistic Abuse, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Trafficking, Emotional Neglect, Anxiety, Suicide Prevention, Eating Disorders; Tell us what you’ve been through, how you continue to work through those struggles and what being a survivor means to you!
Thank you again for just being the amazing person that you are, and for being here on this planet!
Your Voice Matters.
-Matthew Pappas, CLC, CPNLP