Becoming The Running Thriver
“ Surviving is barely getting by. Thriving. That’s fighting…”
― Jillian Michaels
Back when I started this blog, you can say I was a different person. Why? Well, I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship and was in the painstaking process of rebuilding my life. I was a shadow of the person I had once been and not sure how to get to where (or should I say who) I wanted to be.
In a moment of desperation, I ran a google search for Domestic Violence Support Groups. What happened next completely changed my life. Prior to meeting Susan Omilian and attending her “My Avenging Angel Workshops,” I was suffering from crippling anxiety, nightmares, and a host of other PTSD symptoms. I had tried multiple therapists, psychiatrists, and medications, but nothing had helped. Stepping into Susan’s workshop, meeting other women who understood what I had been through, seeing women who were THRIVING after abuse– it was the first time someone told me I was “going to be okay” and I actually believed it.
The workshops focused on living a life of not just surviving after abuse, but THRIVING. Instead of focusing on what had happened in our pasts, we concentrated on the future and all the goals we wanted to accomplish.
It was after the workshop and the realization of just how many other woman were victims of abuse that I decided I wanted to do SOMETHING to support other survivors of abuse and help fight the stigma. So I decided to share my story and chronicle my journey from Survivor to Thriver. Hence The Running Thriver was born.
Since that time I have worked my up from barely being able to run 10K to 50K. I survived 12 hours and 26 miles of the first Spartan Ultra Beast course (before being pulled due to weather), and have raised a lot of money for victims of violence in the process. My newest adventure was deciding to take on the world of triathlon, which meant learning to swim and bike at the age of 30.
I am not a remarkable athlete, even remotely coordinated, or well established in the blog-o-sphere. What I am is determined, resilient, tireless.
My Mission: To provide proof that regardless of what a person has endured in life, it is never to late to become the person you desire to be.
I am here to inspire and empower the masses to go chase your dreams!