In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by writer Nikki Anne Schmutz. Nikki joins me to share her story of how she's been able to set herself free of a past trauma by learning how to not let it define her.
Click the play button below to check it out!
Nikki was ritualistically abused at the age of 10 at a friend's house and then threatened that if she told anyone then they would go after her family.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Nikki has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. She also had times where she felt suicidal, along with being afraid to leave her house because of a fear of something bad happening. Nikki also battled with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Nikki started out by reading psychology books so that she could help herself. She's also relied on writing and journaling. Acceptance along with changing her mindset and perspective have also helped Nikki get to where she is today.
What Nikki does today:
Nikki is a freelance writer and poet.
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?
Nikki's Answer: Know that this isn't you. Accept that it's awful and that it happened and be you despite it.
Twitter - Nikki's Twitter account
Facebook - Nikki's Facebook page
A Little Fire Leaping - Nikki's blog
How You Can Help
Want to support this show? You're awesome! I would really appreciate it. There are three things you can do that won't take up much of your time but will go a long way.
- Leave a 5-star rating if you think this show deserves it
- Write an honest review for others to see why they should tune in
That's all! You can do each of these things here on iTunes or here on Stitcher.
Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any stories or questions.
A note about comments:
Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated to ensure mutual respect. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.