Ahhhhhh, I have to say I am enjoying this new way of life I’ve taken on. My stress levels have decreased by a million percent. It is strange how just rearranging a few minor details in life can fix so much. All just in time for the beautiful weather coming our way J
I recently had to make a decision on how people perceive my past. That was a very enlightening decision for me to make. When you’ve been a victim of domestic violence and come past it, for some reason it seems to be a topic people want to rehash from time to time with you. Which is fine, because frankly I’m not ashamed of my past, it has made me into the woman I’ve become.
So when approached this time, I gave pause to exactly what I message I would like to go out. It took a few moments of deep thinking before I came up with the answer and this Sunday I am anxious to see how the reporter who asked the questions translated things.
At this point in my life it is not about being the victim but how I’ve come from survivor to thrivor and moved on with my life. Where I am at this moment and where I intend to be later in life.
She asked me about sharing my pen name along with my real name. I know some authors have issues with this, but I am not one of them. I don’t mind letting people know J.J. Devine and Joye Konig are one in the same. I’m not ashamed of who I was and I’m most definitely not ashamed of who I’ve become or will become. Because this is how life works. We learn from our past, we bring those lessons into our present and future, and build a life from these experiences.
My past has given me the courage to step into the unknown and push the marks in the areas I dream about. It has proven to me that even when you feel your weakest, you can find strength. When you’re not sure if you can go on another day, you find tomorrow is another day and you just need to make it that far for things to change.
Life is a beautiful mixed up sort of deal and every day we are blessed with a new beginning. All we have to do is dream a dream, then go after that dream.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!