Another Birthday!! πŸŽ‚

I had a birthday! I am super excited to be alive and be able to celebrate the life that I’m living. I’m amazed at how time has brought about so much change. My life is quite complex and sometimes I get overwhelmed; but no matter what I face, I always come through. I’m grateful to consistently be able to evolve and enjoy the process.


I thought about being extra secretive but I guess I’ll spill the beans. I made 34!!! I’m proud of every year that I’ve lived. There was a time when I didn’t want to live. I was extremely suicidal. There was a time when I wanted to live but didn’t know how to live. There were times when I just existed. But now I get to live with purpose and passion. I go through a lot of struggles physically and emotionally but as each year passes I get stronger. I learn how to fight against negativity. I’m learning how to talk to myself in a nicer way. I’m super hard on myself and I have been consciously working to love on me a little bit more. Getting older has been a privilege. Gaining wisdom along the way is an added bonus. I’m grateful. 😁

I love thriving. I love refusing to allow my circumstances to dictate who I am and what I’m capable of doing. I love rising above my fears. I love to experience deeper levels of healing. I love having hope. I love being able to LOVE! I used to be so bitter. I am enjoying my journey and my relationship with God. He keeps me grounded. I love standing tall and being full of expectation.

My life has been hard but my heart is soft. I was once shattered but now I am whole. There are scars of abuse that I carry with me but I am constantly mending the wounds and soothing the parts of me that are sore. With each step forward there is a reward.

Choosing to survive any obstacle has a lot to do with willingness. We have to be willing to face the pain. We have to be willing to stop running. We have to be willing to be honest and admit what hurts and whyΒ it hurts. Surviving any obstacle requires our willingness to be uncomfortable sometimes. Surviving requires us to be in the moment. Often the moment isn’t pretty.Β  The moment might not be or look like what we want but it’s our truth. Surviving is about owning our personal truths. Owning them in the sense of not ignoring them. Once we own them and we are staring them dead in the face we can deal with them. πŸ’ͺ🏾

Happy Birthday to me!!! I’m still here! My God, I can’t believe it. I’m so humbled that God would love me and heal me and use me to inspire others. I’m honored to be a vessel of hope. I’m grateful that I get to embody and reflect the love He has for every one of us. I am a miracle! I am a survivor. I am one who THRIVES. I am a daughter of Christ β€” a champion, a warrior of love. πŸ’œ

My prayer and wish for you is that you live a life of hope. Happiness is real. Good things really do happen for good people. There is life after abuse. There are still good people left in this world. Even with your scars and wounds and difficult past YOU are so beautiful. The unimaginable is still possible. I believe in you. I’m rooting for you.


Hope Always,


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Heyyy!! My name is Melissa. I'm affectionately called Missy. I'm a survivor who has learned to thrive! As one who has overcome depression, suicide, abuse and physical illness, I know that hope is real. Everything that I've been through has been for my good. My struggle helped me to more clearly see me and discover hope, happiness, and purpose.

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