In this episode, I’m joined by Rhonda Cimorelli of A Balanced Life For You. Rhonda joins me to share her story of how she’s been able to use her mindset to overcome past trauma and find ways to create the life she desires.
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Rhonda was in a terrible auto accident as a senior in high school that left her with long-term physical, mental, and emotional effects. Because Rhonda was bullied in high school prior to the accident, she ran with a wrong crowd and had a lack of self-esteem, which was magnified after the accident due to the extent of her injuries.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Despite people saying it was okay if Rhonda didn’t graduate high school, see properly, and even walk again, Rhonda became very determined to do just that, making her even more vulnerable to additional bullying. The accident made Rhonda re-examine her life and to stop believing internal and external voices telling her she wasn’t good enough.
Throughout her years of recovery, Rhonda kept blaming the driver of the car for the accident and felt victimized. With her face disfigured from the accident, Rhonda began to struggle mentally and emotionally along with suffering from constant pain, which exacerbated her already low self esteem.
While Rhonda struggled with her physical appearance, a boy she had dated before the accident came back to town to make a point of seeing her. He made a point of emphasizing how beautiful she still was to him and showered her with love and appreciation, which made her feel good about herself again.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Rhonda knew she had to quit being a victim and came to face the reality that she was the person who made the decision to skip school and be in the truck in the first place. Rhonda knew she had to decide what she would allow to be truth and what she would accept. She discovered that she could overcome future physical, mental, and emotional struggles by choosing to be better.
What Rhonda does today: Rhonda is an author, speaker, coach, and podcaster.
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?
Rhonda's Answer: Don’t quit - don’t give up or give in.
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