No two humans are the same. You’re perfect just the way you are.
Lived Experience Stories
At Voices of Hope we believe in the power of lived experience storytelling. We believe that when someone is vulnerable and shares their story, it allows others to feel safe to do the same.
THESE ARE THOSE STORIES.
I would go as far as to say that there is a power within your story that absolutely no one else can provide.
Someone told me once that if you sit with your anger long enough, she will tell you that her real name is grief.
Everyone is dealing with something, we are all just doing the best we can on this wonderful journey of life.
There’s still a long way to go, but I’ve learned so much about myself and have given myself the space I need to sit with my feelings.
Next time you go to compliment someone or say something positive about them, try to think of something for yourself.
“It’s okay not to be okay.” Hearing those words for the first time years ago made me feel like my heart was breaking open.
There is something special about putting pen to paper, exploring our curious minds, taking action and chasing our dreams.
In a society that often favours working and earning, you need to also take care of your body and mind.
There is always a reason to keep going because, like us, so much can switch around in the blink of an eye.
Once I started recognising different boundaries and how to communicate my concerns, each day became much more bearable.
Learning that I could do kind and loving things for myself just to make myself happy and feel loved? That changed my life.
The confidence I have is a learned skill. Maybe confidence can come naturally, but it didn’t for me.
Sitting at breakfast on that ordinary Saturday, I realised, from a random news story, that I was past that part of my life.
It was then that I realised my ED is still with me and I still feel it but it no longer dictates what I do or say.
As the world changes, hopefully, as we continue to break the stigma, it’ll become a daily discussion and not taboo.