WYR Project: Day 1

I pictured my sister crying, wondering why I never told her. She did cry. But she also told me this: "There is such great power in doing this, Lauren. I've heard it said that shame loses its power when we are fully known and truly delighted in. I delight in you completely."

No turning back now…

Today I’ll be sending an email to my close friends and family to give them the ‘heads up’ about this project. I’d like them to have a chance to digest before I attach my name to the project and really get behind it. I’m sure they’ll support me, but I’m also nervous about their reactions.

When you’re ready, I’ll be here…

I started this project because I’m ready to share my story, to end my silence. I was raped three separate times as a teenager and in my early twenties. I’ve suffered shame, guilt, anger, depression, substance abuse, and hopelessness –