Evolving from a Traumatic past into a Beautiful Life Today

Evolving from a Traumatic past into a Beautiful Life Today with Annie Kim

In this episode, I’m joined by Annie Kim, author of A Beautiful Evolution: Overcoming Adversity Through Art. Annie joins me to share her story of how she’s been able to create a beautiful life for herself today after growing up in an abusive and controlling environment that left her feeling depressed and suicidal. 

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The Details

Traumatic experience:

Annie experienced postpartum depression after giving birth to her youngest son four years ago and she started having flashbacks in her sleep of things she experienced as a child that she had repressed. Annie comes from a family where there has been a lot of tragedy. She grew up in a strict religious household where she wasn't allowed to be social. Annie had also been physically and sexually abused by her step-grandfather for a few years when she was a child.

Effects of the traumatic experience:

As a result of the situation Annie was growing up in, she became depressed and attempted suicide when she was 17 years old as a way to try to escape. Annie was also diagnosed with PTSD from her past experiences.  

Overcoming the traumatic experience:

Therapy, art, writing, yoga, and being social with like-minded people are some of the things that have helped Annie in her healing. Also, moving away from home and getting to do her own thing really helped Annie initially. She also has a support system of friends and family who are there for her if she's going through any tough times.

What Annie does today: Annie is an artist, painter, and author.

Final Question:

Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Annie's Answer: Never give up because it always gets better.  

Links Mentioned

A Beautiful Evolution: Overcoming Adversity Through Art - Annie's book

The Fenix Projects (Book 1) - Katie Soy's fiction novel that has striking similarities to Annie's story

Her-art.gallery - Annie's website where you can check out her art and find out what she has going on

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  1. Tasha mcdonell says:

    Crazy I went to school with Annie and my mom worked at her parents ceramic shop! We were friends and I even hung around the ceramic shop I had no idea about any of this Annie always was happy and kind! Your very strong Annie and also your laugh hasn’t changed at all! Thanks for sharing

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