Let’s Get Honest About Domestic Violence: How Young it Really Starts

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some sort of violence at the hands of their partners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On an average day, 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence hotlines in this country, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports.

The numbers are mind blowing. What’s worse… We probably don’t even know the half of it. Many victims don’t come forward.

We’re in the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s about damn time we push the conversation to the next level.

For the better part of the last year I’ve volunteered in a shelter for women and children who have left abusive homes. I’ve also interviewed survivors and put their stories on television. Rape, broken limbs, terrified children. The list goes on.

I’ve never felt so heartbroken and so angry in my life. 

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Spiritual Warfare: 4 Ways to Throw Satan the Middle Finger

It’s a door slammed. Lights out. Book closed.

Damn!

There are few things more frustrating than when the wind suddenly blows out of your sails.

The big chance you wanted to take? Courage deflated.

That new project you were excited about? Creativity drained.

The gym workout you were dying to start? Energy wiped.

Hitting a wall sucks. It can be scary how quickly your mind can shift like that. Isn’t it crazy how one minute we can feel so passionate, so confident, and then suddenly like lightening we’re shot to the ground again. We feel defeated. We second guess ourselves. If you’re like me, you get ticked off.

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News Anchor Hit in Mouth with Baseball

It’s been an insanely painful yet hysterical last few days.

Blood, screaming, cursing, fast driving, needles, then laughter pretty much sums it up…

But I’ll start from the top.

Our four year old nephew had a baseball practice at a park near our home, so we grabbed the dogs and made our way to the field.

It was a gorgeous afternoon. The smell of the fresh blooms drifted through the air as young families gathered to enjoy the most of the afternoon sun.

My young niece and I played on the slide before the little slugger was up to bat. I kneeled down to her as we watched him take a few swings.

I thought to myself, we should probably move. If he hit a foul ball in the opposite direction we could get hit. As I leaned forward to balance myself up, I heard “look out!”

Boom.

Holy mother $*@#!

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My Trip Through Food Allergy Hell

Milk Allergy

Hell:
“Any place or state of torment or misery.”
“Extreme disorder or confusion; chaos.”
“The powers of evil.”*

Damn straight. Couldn’t have said it better than the good ‘ole dictionary.

After years of tests, doctors, more tests, sleepless nights, crippling stomach aches among other not-so-hot symptoms… I learned I’m highly allergic to cow’s milk. My doctor believes I’ve been this way my entire life but got much worse as an adult.

Initially I thought, no big deal. I rarely drink milk.  Well let me tell you my friends, that’s just the beginning. Cow’s milk is in freak-ing EVERYTHING.

Butter. Yogurt. Ice cream. Chocolate. Cheese (duh.) Cottage cheese (another duh.) Bread. Salad dressings. Crackers. Chips. Cereals. Muffins. Cookies. Protein bars.

It just takes a couple bites to create symptoms from hell.

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5 Top Mistakes Women Make At The Gym

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Let’s be real.

No one likes the gym. No one. If you say you do, you’re lying.

Working out for a chick can be intimidating. Sometimes you’ve got sweaty, grunting dudes right next to you. Equipment can look a little intimidating. Plus there’s a creeper from time to time checking you out.

First off, props to you for getting your butt through the door. That’s awesome. You’re making a great decision for your health and mental well being.

That said, make the workout count. Don’t screw it up and slow down your progress by making one of these mistakes.

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One Moment Changes Everything

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A deep breath. Steady hands. Go.

Give up the steering wheel. Give up the microphone. Give up the noise.

And then suddenly, the light goes on.

It started as a flicker. Those little moments in life that start to steer you in a new direction. For me, it was a gut feeling that I was on the verge of change. Fundamental, core-shaking change.

Then the fear of the unknown creeps in. The light for new ideas and growth turns off… only to be turned on abruptly again a few days later.

Isn’t it funny how life takes us on such a long and twisted journey? One chapter dissolves to the next. Perhaps a problem, a character flaw, or a decision we made seems overwhelming in the moment. But then we turn the page and suddenly a solution or a new path is in front of us.

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