Nope, I’m not perfect, but I am authentically ME!
I’ve made so many mistakes in love, life and relationships. I used to regret my choices, but every single experience was a lesson that shaped me to be ME! We get so hung up on our past, our mistakes, what others think of us and we don’t forgive ourselves. God never said that weapons wouldn’t form, He just said they would not prosper. My purpose is to help others discover their purpose, and to be a tool in their healing and restoration!
I used to think I wasn’t worthy of someone loving me, because I hadn’t learned my worth, and I didn’t know how to love myself. I have constantly been judged for my choices, but I had to learn not to internalize it. It’s easier for others to judge you, and honestly, that’s their problem.
I openly share my life, love and relationship mistakes, because I had to learn not to be ashamed or a victim. We all make mistakes, but we all deserve second chances.
- When I ended up homeless, I couldn’t understand why?!?!?!?
- When I stayed in a relationship for almost 14 years, on and off, knowing it wasn’t healthy, I questioned my sanity and worth
- When I found myself in a pool of blood with a slit wrist, I thought it was over for me
In every single circumstance that I just listed above, came some great lessons and blessings! Sounds crazy, right?
I wrote a proposal to my church for a clothing closet to assist women in shelters, because I was once a recipient, and I wanted to give back, and teach those women that your circumstances don’t define your fate or YOU!
That relationship almost broke me. I didn’t trust anyone, but I also didn’t give up on love. I didn’t stop believing in good men, but most importantly, I am now helping others in their journey, and I’m able to share How I Survived!
In the blink of an eye, I saw myself possibly being taken out. I had to make a decision to change my life, or lose it. I watched my two children look at me with tears in their eyes, as I was carried out on a stretcher with tubes everywhere, with my hands restrained, so that I wouldn’t hurt myself, and it was in that moment that I knew I had a greater purpose, and that my life was not my own! I had to pick up the pieces and start being accountable.
To say the least, none of this was pleasant, but I’ve learned to appreciate that God’s plans are not my plans. I won’t apologize, because I’m me, and I continue to learn and grow.
Don’t allow others to hold your past over you. It was just a test run…
8 thoughts on “I’m NOT Perfect, but I’m Authentically and Unapologetically ME”
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Wow! What a mighty testimony in this article, Terry D! I’m so proud of you! May God continue to bless you and heal others through your Love Chapters!
Thank you! It’s been a long time coming!
This is such an amazing article, I had to go back and read it again. This article has set me from some additional strongholds! We as women, have to continue to tell the/our story, “as Pastor Timothy Sloan said at a Women’s Conference, “Women, tell the story! Tell the story!” You never know whose life you’re impacting. Terry D, I AM so proud of you and I enjoy reading your blog. May God continue to lift you higher, as your testimonies give us wings to fly again.
Definitely appreciate your support!!!
You are amazing!! Thanks for being your authentic self!
Thank you, Sheree!