Saturday, June 19, 2010

Survivor Story: Survivor and kids still being victimized

This story was emailed to me to post here to help raise awareness to the issues that victims of domestic violence face.

THIS IS MY STORY...

ON DECEMBER 27, 2007 MY EX CAME HOME AROUND 6 AM DRUNK.  HE ACCUSED ME OF HAVING SOMEONE IN HIS HOUSE THAT DID NOT BELONG.  AT THAT POINT HE SWUNG AT ME, AND HIT ME IN THE SIDE OF MY FACE.  MY BEST FRIEND WAS SITTING ON THE COUCH, AND HE TURNED TO HER AND SAID 'YOU WANT SOME TOO BITCH?'  SHE RAN.  WHEN SHE REACHED HER CAR AND LOCKED HERSELF IN, SHE CALLED 911.  I WAS STILL IN THE HOUSE, TAKING MY BEATING.  WHEN THE POLICE SHOWED UP, IT WAS OBVIOUS THERE HAD BEEN A STRUGGLE. SHELVES HAD BEEN KNOCKED ONTO THE FLOOR, WHEN MY HEAD HIT THEM. MY GLASS COFFEE TABLE WAS SHATTERED. MY FACE WAS BADLY BRUISED. THEY DID NOT TAKE PICTURES. THEY ALMOST LET HIM GO, BECAUSE HE CONTINUOUSLY BEGGED ME NOT TO 'LIE' TO THE POLICE, AND TO PLEASE NOT TO THIS TO HIM.  MY KIDS WERE AT HOME. THEY WERE STILL ASLEEP. I BEGGED OFFICERS TO TAKE HIM AWAY. THIS WAS NOT MY FIRST BEATING...AND MY BABIES WERE MORE IMPORTANT.  I SAW THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE MY CHILDREN, AND MYSELF, FOR THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST...OR THE LAST BEATING.  THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND, MY DOOR WAS KICKED IN 3 NIGHTS IN A ROW. THE WEEK AFTER THAT, HE FOUND ME AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY, AND GAVE ME THE MOST BRUTAL BEATING YET. HE VIOLATED A PFA, AND NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT. THERE WERE NO "EYEWITNESSES" TO THE BEATING. THE WEEK AFTER THAT MY WINDSHIELD WAS BUSTED OUT OF MY CAR.  I DECIDED THIS NEEDED TO END, AND I WENT INTO HIDING, AND STARTED TO RUN. HE WOULD FIND ME, AND BEG.  I WOULD STAND MY GRAND, HE WOULD ATTEMPT SUICIDE. THE LAST SUICIDE ATTEMPT HE SHOWED UP WHERE I LIVED, AND SWALLOWED AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF PILLS IN FRONT OF ME...I JUST LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID "I HOPE YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING ME TO CALL AN AMBULANCE, IM NOT GOING TO", THAT TIME HE ACTUALLY LEFT...I WENT BACK TO SLEEP....

WE DIDN'T HEAR FROM HIM AGAIN, PHONE CALLS HERE AND THERE CUT SHORT.  WE LET HIM SEE THE GIRLS ONCE OR TWICE, SUPERVISED ONLY...AND THEN THE CALLS AND CONTACT STOPPED. FOR 8 MONTHS, BECAUSE IN FRONT OF HIS MOTHER, HE SLAPPED MY 3 YR OLD BABY IN THE FACE AND CALLED HER WHITE TRASH WHILE DROPPING THEM OFF...IT ENDED THERE. MEMORIAL WEEKEND 2009.

OCTOBER 2, 2009

HE WAS FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR NON PAYMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT. HE WAS GIVEN A 6 MONTH SUSPENDED SENTENCE.  AFTER 2 YEARS OF NONPAYMENT, HE IS ALLOWED 3 MORE MONTHS TO ATTEMPT, OR GO TO JAIL JAN. 11, 2010. I HAVE STILL RECEIVED NO PAYMENTS.

OCTOBER 20, 2009

MY MOTHER DROPS MY KIDS OFF, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS WITH HIS PARENTS....THE MINUTE MY CHILDREN STEP FOOT INTO THEIR HOUSE...SRS IS CALLED.  THE ALLEGATIONS ARE CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT, DUE TO A "KNOT" ON ONE'S FOREHEAD, AND THE OTHER'S "BLACK EYE".  SRS CONTACTS ME, AND I EXPLAIN...WE WERE AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE, WHO HAS 2 OLDER CHILDREN.  THEY WERE PLAYING ON BUNKBEDS AND HEADBUTTED EACH OTHER AT SOME POINT. THEY ARE KIDS...AFTER GETTING OFF THE PHONE WITH SRS, I RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM HIS PARENT'S "COME PICK THESE KIDS UP, I HAVE PLANS, AND THEY ARE TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE".  CONSIDERING THEY ARE MINE, AND WERE TAKEN THERE WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE, SURE THAT'S FINE...

OR SO I THOUGHT...

THE CASEWORKER ON THE CASE DOING THE "INVESTIGATION", TELLS ME I AM "MINIMIZING" THE SITUATION. SHE BELIEVES MY HUSBAND IS ABUSING ME AND THE CHILDREN, AND I AM TOO AFRAID TO COME FORWARD. SHE HAS "SEVERAL STATEMENTS" FROM PEOPLE "CLOSE" TO US TO BACK THIS UP...FINALLY I TELL HER, I WILL NOT SPEAK TO HER ANYMORE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF AN ATTORNEY.  SHE CONTINUOUSLY MAKES ME TO BELIEVE MY OWN FAMILY IS OUT TO GET ME, EVEN MY OWN MOTHER. I DON'T KNOW WHO TO TRUST, SO I QUIT TALKING TO ANYONE INVOLVED IN THE CASE.  THIS WOMAN OFFERED A FEW FAMILY MEMBER'S MONEY, MONTHLY, TO TAKE MY CHILDREN. SHE OFFERED TO PAY FOR CHILDCARE, TO TAKE MY CHILDREN.  SHE STATED TO ME SHE "DID NOT BELIEVE, I OR MY EX SHOULD HAVE OUR CHILDREN."  THEN SHE DID THE MOST HORRIBLE THING POSSIBLE...SHE GAVE THE EX, MY ADDRESS, MY PHONE NUMBER, MY EMPLOYER INFO, AND CONTACT NUMBERS BELONGING TO MY FAMILY.  HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THIS INFORMATION TO BEGIN WITH. SRS PUT ME AND MY FAMILY, IN DIRECT DANGER, WITH A MAN WHO HAD ALREADY BEEN CHARGED AND CONVICTED, FOR BEATING ME. THE EXACT PEOPLE, WHO ARE SPECIFICALLY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HELPING TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN...PUT MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF'S LIVES AT RISK...THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT...AND STILL ARE!

DECEMBER 2. 2009

A LETTER COMES IN THE MAIL FROM SRS. THE CASEWORKER ADVISES THAT SHE "EMPATHIZES" WITH MY SITUATION, AND HAD RECEIVED THE LETTER I WROTE HER.  WHILE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO MY OPINION, SHE HAS SEVERAL FACTS AND STATEMENTS BACKING UP WHAT SHE "BELIEVES" IS GOING ON. DESPITE HER FACTS AND EVIDENCE, SHE WILL BE CLOSING MY CASE SOON.  SHE ALSO ADVISES ME THAT IF THERE ARE ANY FURTHER REPORTS IN THE FUTURE, MY CHILDREN WILL BE AT RISK FOR REMOVAL FROM MY HOME....LATER ON THAT DAY....WHILE DOING LAUNDRY, I TELL THE KIDS TO STOP JUMPING ON THE BED...OF COURSE MY HANDS ARE FULL, AND THEY DO NOT LISTEN. NOT 2 MINUTES LATER, THEY ARE BOTH CRYING.  I GO INTO THE ROOM, MY 3 YEAR OLD STOPS CYRING, BUT MY 2 YEAR OLD SAY SHE IS HURT.  WHEN ASKING HER WHERE IT HURTS, SHE POINTS TO HER FOOT, HER LEG, HER HAND, AND HER ARM.  I FIGURE SHE IS JUST TIRED, AND TELL THEM TO LAY DOWN FOR NAP TIME.  WE HAVE ORIENTATION FOR SCHOOL, SO WE CALL A SITTER WHILE THEY ARE STILL ASLEEP, AND LEAVE.  THE SITTER CALLS MID-ORIENTATION STATING SHE THINKS MY 2 YEAR OLD'S ARM OR SHOULDER IS HURT.  WE COME HOME AND SURE ENOUGH, SHE SEEMS TO BE IN A LOT OF PAIN.  I CALL OUR FAMILY DOCTOR, AND HE IS WORKING ER AND SAYS TO BRING HER IN. AFTER BEING ASSESSED AND EVALUATED IT IS DETERMINED HER COLLAR BONE IS BROKEN, BUT IS A VERY COMMON FRACTURE....

DECEMBER 4, 2009

I RECEIVE YET ANOTHER CALL FROM THE CASEWORKER.  QUESTIONING ME ON THE INJURY MY DAUGHTER RECEIVED 2 DAYS BEFORE. I EXPLAIN TO HER WHAT HAPPENED, AND SHE ADVISES THE CASE WILL NO LONGER BE CLOSING DUE TO HER "NEW" INTAKE AND REPORT.  SHE TELLS ME SHE NEEDS TO "INTERVIEW" THE GIRLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  I HANG UP. WHILE AT A FRIENDS HOUSE LATER ON THAT DAY, MY LANDLORD CALLS. HE IS VERY UPSET, AND ADVISES ME HE LET THE WPD IN TO SEARCH MY HOME, AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR MY CHILDREN.  IN SHOCK, I CALL MY MOTHER TO WATCH THE CHILDREN SO I CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON.  THE MINUTE WE GET TO THE HOUSE, THE WPD CALLS AND SAYS "NOBODY IS IN TROUBLE, WE JUST NEED YOU TO SIGN SOME PAPERWORK".  10 MINUTES LATER THEY SHOW UP WITH AN ORDER FOR PROTECTION. AT THIS POINT THEY NOTIFY ME, THEY HAVE ALREADY TAKEN MY CHILDREN INTO CUSTODY, AND RELEASE THEM TO THEIR FATHER.(THE ABUSER)  OVERCOME WITH EMOTIONS I AM SO HYSTERICAL I CAN'T EVEN SPEAK....THIS IS FRIDAY EVENING...THE COURT HOUSE IS CLOSED...THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO, AND MY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ENDANGERED. NEXT YOU WILL READ AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY A DEAR FRIEND IN REFERENCE TO ME.

Sedgwick County 18th Judicial Court

Judge Jeff Syrios

Judge Syrios gave custody and granted a protection order of two small children to a convicted domestic violence criminal and the children who are aged 2 & 3 years old, were picked up on friday, 12/4/09, by the Wichita police and transported to an unknown location and the mother still has no idea where her children are. The mother of the little children went to see Judge Syrios today, 12/7/09,  to explain the father's past and criminal conviction, father is suicidal, lives in a halfway house, and that these children are in danger, but Judge Syrios would not release the children back to the mother.

This father had other children from a previous relationship and his parental rights were severed in this same jurisdiction, here in Sedgwick County.

Mother had been investigated because one of the children had fallen and broke their coller bone. This was cleared by two medical physicians who noted that this was an accident. But now since father filed a protection order, the SRS is involved again which looks more like SRS is working for this convicted criminal.

DECEMBER 7, 2009

ME AND MY HUSBAND HEAD TO THE COURTHOUSE, TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYONE TO GET MY GIRLS BACK.  OUR FIRST STOP IS THE PFA OFFICE.(WE THOUGHT THEY COULD ASSIST IN PROTECTING US) NO LUCK. THEY BASICALLY SAY, SORRY HE HAS TO BEAT YOU AGAIN, AND THEN WE CAN PROTECT YOU.  THEY ARE ALSO MADE AWARE OF THE PFA FILED BY THE EX.  AGAIN, SORRY, THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO, HE RAISED HIS HAND AND SWORE THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HE MUST HAVE BEEN TELLING THE TRUTH...BLAH BLAH BLAH.  NEXT STOP DISTRICT ATTORNEY NOLA FOULSTON'S OFFICE...AGAIN...NOTHING.  NEXT STOP, THE JUDGE'S CHAMBERS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE JUDGE SPEAKS TO US. HE IS INFORMED OF THE ENTIRE SITUATION, BUT STATES ALL HE CAN DO IS MOVE THE HEARING DATE UP, AND WE CAN BE SEEN IN 3 DAYS....THIS IS BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, SRS IS INVOLVED.  APPARENTLY HE CALLED THE CASEWORKER ASSIGNED TO THE CASE, AND LOW AND BEHOLD SHE TOLD HIM SHE "RECOMMENDED" THEY STAY WHERE THEY ARE AT.  WE WERE TOLD THEY ARE "FED, CLOTHED, CLEAN AND SAFE" AND "NOT TO WORRY, JUST SHOW UP FOR COURT"....

DECEMBER 10, 2009

PFA COURT.  AFTER ABOUT 4 HOURS OF SITTING AND WAITING, OUR CASE IS FINALLY HEARD BEFORE A JUDGE.  ON THE PLAINTIFF SIDE, ABUSE ALLEGATIONS ARE MADE, MEDICAL RECORDS ARE PRODUCED, AND TESTIMONY IS MADE BY HIM AND HIS MOTHER.  THEY DUG A PRETTY DEEP HOLE ON THEIR ON, AND CONTRADICTED THEMSELVES MANY TIMES.  THE ISSUE OF SRS GIVING THEM MY PERSONAL INFORMATION COMES UP, AND IS NOT CONTESTED BY EITHER.(INTERESTING HUH)  THE REAL KICKER...PART OF THEIR DEFENSE CONSISTS OF A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SRS CASEWORKER, INVESTIGATING OUR CASE....FAXED FROM THE SRS CASEWORKER TO THE FAMILY COURT TRUSTEE....MORE PRIVATE INFORMATION BEING PASSED AROUND.  NEEDLESS TO SAY AFTER 2 JUDGES HAVE REVIEWED THE EVIDENCE, EVERYTHING GETS DROPPED....AT LEAST UNTIL SRS DECIDES TO STEP IN, OR CUSTODY COURT ON DECEMBER 21ST.  THE JUDGE ALSO ORDER A CHILD CUSTODY INVESTIGATION TO TAKE PART BEFORE COURT ON THE 21ST...BUT I AM ALLOWED TO PICK UP MY CHILDREN DIRECTLY AFTER COURT....AND AT THIS POINT...DEC. 10TH...THEY ARE IN MY HOME. SAFE. LOVED. AND SECURE.  THE JUDGES AND FAMILY COURTS WILL STILL NOT PROVIDE ME WITH A PFA. UPON ARRIVING AT HOME, MY 3 YR OLD LOOKS ME IN THE EYES, AND SAYS "IF YOU ARE MEAN TO "TROY", HE IS GOING TO BEAT YOU REALLY BADLY."  I ASSUME THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT THROUGH HER, DUE TO THE NO CONTACT ORDER IN PLACE....I AM PUBLIC WITH MY STORY, BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE.  I THINK SOMETHING DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE CHANGED OR FIGURED OUT.  THESE ARE CHILDREN, NOT PAYCHECKS.  IT IS OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO BE A PARENT.  WE ARE NOT EVEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST THE ALLEGATIONS MADE.  ONCE A  REPORT IS RECEIVED, WE ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT.  OUR RIGHTS AS HUMANS ARE BEING VIOLATED. THIS HAS GOT TO END.  OUR STORIES NEED TO BE HEARD, AND NOT FILED AWAY.  THIS IS TRAUMATIZING OUR CHILDREN, AND THEY ARE NOT GIVING THEM A CHANCE.  THEY ARE DESTROYING OUR KIDS, AND EVERYONE BUT THE MOTHER'S AND/OR FATHER'S ARE THE ONLY ONE'S WORRYING ABOUT PROTECTING THEM.  MY CASEWORKER NEARLY SIGNED MY DEATH WARRANT, BY GIVING OUT VITAL INFORMATION TO MY PERPETRATOR.  NOT ONLY THAT, BUT IS BASICALLY HOLDING HIS HAND THROUGH THE PROCESS.....IS THIS JUSTICE? IS THIS HOW THE SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK?




Friday, March 12, 2010

Wanna Learn a New Hobby? Crochet Perhaps...

The other day I blogged about getting out and meeting people with common interests or finding new things to learn.  This new crochet show kind of goes along with that.  No, you won’t be actually get out and meeting anyone new yet...but you will be learning a new craft/hobby.

I will be doing a live show teaching crochet every Saturday at 3PM EST.  For more information and to get the links to the show area please read my post on my personal blog:  Hookin’ for a Cause- My New Live Show




Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stand Up, and Walk Out the Door

When was the last time that you did something fun?  Something that you completely enjoyed that had nothing to do with abuse or violence or remembering the trauma that you have been through?  An important part of healing from trauma is to not live in your trauma day after day.  You will never forget what has been done to you, but you can decide to not live in it everyday. 

One good way is to get back into the hobbies or interests that you have had or to learn new hobbies.  Talking about hobbies and interests online is one way to do to this; to slowly get back into it.  Do a Google search for groups online that discuss your interest.  If you do crafts then search for your particular craft with the words ‘group’ or ‘discussion’ included in your search.Image representing Meetup as depicted in Crunc...

Another awesome way to get back into  your hobby is to find a local in-person meeting that talks about to participates in what you are interested in.  A great resource for finding local in-person meetings or groups is to use a website called Meetup.  You can make a profile there and then search for local groups in your area by putting in your zip code or city and state.                                             Image via CrunchBase

You can also search the groups by search terms or you can view all the groups in your area and pick one that is about something you are interested in but have never pursued.  This will give you a chance to meet new people and have fun without having to re-live your trauma to do so.

Be selfish for a change, get out and do something that YOU find fun and entertaining!

 

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Changes to the blog

I have made several changes to the blog throughout the past day, and I’m still not finished yet!  Please bear with me while I am trying to get things working correctly and smoothly.  I have added several things, taken some things off and moved everything around many times; so if you can’t find things, I do apologize.

I welcome any thoughts or comments that you may have regarding the changes.  If you are experiencing long load times please let me know about it. 

I am now also trying different platforms and will probably end up moving everything once I find a platform that will function best for what I am trying to do.  One of the things that we will loose if I move this to another platform is the Google Follow and Friend Connect functions.  How important are those to you?  I am trying to add more functionality to the site overall, and I am not sure yet if that is something that is being greatly used at this time.  I'd like to hear what you think about it.

I will keep everyone updated throughout as best I can so that no one misses the final move!

Thanks for your patience!



Thursday, February 4, 2010

Survivor to Thriver: Lynn

The survivor I’d like to introduce to all of you for February is Lynn Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivors Story

A true story, Beyond the Tears begins with the suicide attempt of an abused and addicted twenty-five-year-old woman. In the aftermath, she commits to counseling to recover from anxiety and depression. The author engages the reader in the therapy sessions, where the young woman reveals dysfunctional family relationships, including mental illness, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. The reader not only views the horrors that caused the author's hopeless condition, but also experiences the wisdom that lead to health and happiness. Due to the therapeutic process, the woman discovers a path to love and the value of life. By sharing the problems and solutions discussed in counseling, the author provides a message of hope.

Lynn has also started Project for TEARS:  Telling Everyone About Rape & Suicide; which:

• Comforts victims by sharing my story
• Confronts violence by breaking the silence
• Challenges society via information and action

Lynn Tolson accomplishes her mission through her presence on the internet, with blog talk radio interviews and interactive book discussions, as well as live presentations.

How You Can Help Grow the TEARS:

Gift for TEARS: defray Lynn's personal costs for public awareness, advocacy activities, and community service

Fund all TEARS: provide for Lynn's private time/energy spent in confidential correspondence with victims/survivors

Save for TEARS: support the research/resource development for Lynn's future products, including the Artbook for TEARS

Donate to the Project for TEARS
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Lynn Tolson is establishing a non-profit organization and you can participate by donating “seed money" and be a part at the "grass-roots" level. Thank you!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

I have not forgotten!

I am in NC this week taking care of some personal stuff. I haven't been on my laptop all week, but I do still plan on highlighting a survivor on a healing/joy journey. I originally said that I would do one per week and only have done one so far, but life has happened. I will resume when I can!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Survivor Joy Journey: Meggs

This week I want to highlight Meggs as a survivor that is thriving!  I have chosen her to be the first survivor that I am highlighting because she is actually the one that inspired me to start doing this..thanks Meggs!  She has come a long way and she deserves to be recognized for her success on her Healing Journey!  Here is her first vlog about her journey:

The song below was written and performed by MeggieMeggs.  This song touched me in so many different ways.  She is a childhood sexual abuse, and a survivor of rape and sexual assault as an adult.  You can read her blog Speaking Out, where she is journaling her Joy Journey using Angela Shelton’s Survivor Manual 30 Day Healing Journey.
I encourage you to click the links above!
MeggieMeggs:  This is a song I wrote not long after I graduated from high school. My cousin and my brother helped me by recording the tracks and some BGVs for me and helping me lay down some quick vocals last year and I decided to share it here. Hope you enjoy it. Yes, that's me singing... and my bro Jason and my cousin Rob. They're awesome. Love them! (Forgive me for the quality - I don't have much of an idea of what I'm doing here. lol)
To see more from MeggieMeggs please subscribe to her YouTube!



Survivor Joy Journey

Each week I will be highlighting a survivor that is on a Joy or Healing Journey and those that are thriving rather than just surviving.  I am doing this so that everyone that has went through any type of abuse knows that it is possible to heal and thrive.  So that we all know that we are not alone and that others have gone through what you have and that it is possible to get through it.




Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cabin Fever

This time of year many of us suffer from cabin fever.  It is too cold or too wet (or in some cases both) to get out of the house and do anything and if you have kids they are off school for their winter break.  With everyone all cooped up in the house together tempers can flair and everyone can just simply get on each others nerves.

My sister and I were talking about this the other day and I came up with a little fun thing to do, and if you have kids (which she does, 3 to be exact) you could even do this with the kids...if they are willing of course...otherwise have fun by yourself!

We went and got makeovers!

I am not talking about the kind where you have to make an appointment and go in looking like crap so that they can paint you up like a porcelain doll.  I am also not talking about the kind that those of us who can’t afford the first kind do...you know, where you go to the expensive makeup counter at your favorite department store and ask about the products and they do a free ‘sampling’ makeover and give you a hand full of free samples to take home and try.

I am talking about a Virtual Makeover!  You have to make an account at that website, but it is very painless and quick. 

So, anyway...my sister and I decided to do this Virtual Makeover thing and we exchanged pictures at the end.  The first one is me, the second one is her.

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Ok, so both of us picked blue hair, but that was the fun it!

So, go get your account set up, and play around with different hairstyles and colors and funky makeup colors and have fun chasing away that cabin fever!!!

Go Empower Yourself!

Mary

(ps...this works great for those days when you are feeling down or not pretty or not attractive or whatever!  I do this a lot...just as a pick-me-up...even in the summer!)




Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in the New Year with Some Changes

Hi All, I hope everyone has had a happy holiday season!  I have been absent and not blogging for a couple months now and I am hoping to get back to blogging on a more regular basis finally. 

I have made some changes this morning to the TLC Blog and will continue this week getting things dusted off and useable again.  The main change is that I have added an Amazon.com store to the blog.  It’s up there at the top, called TLC Book Store, but there is more there than books. 

I have also set up a Twitter account for TLC, so if you aren’t already following me there please do.  I follow back as well so that we can communicate better.  If you aren’t on Twitter you can read my updates here in the right sidebar under What’s really going on...

TLC now has it’s own Fan Page on Facebook.com.  That page will be where I put stuff about healing, surviving, and just plain living!  My profile is where I will put advocacy and activism stuff.  Feel free to follow along with both.  Facebook is not a good way to communicate with me if you desire a response, I post to Facebook using Tweetdeck and rarely do I actually log into the Facebook site.

As always I love reader feedback!  Leave comments on the posts, use the Social Bar at the bottom of the blog to follow, sign in, and comment, use the contact form, or email me at tailoredlifecoaching@gmail.com .

Go Empower Yourself!

Mary