Hi my name is Karen.
I am English and I live in London.
I grew up in a very fundamentalist evangelical home where I was wonderfully loved and unintentionally conditioned to be fearful.
I married young and moved to the United States to be with him and lived there as a wife and mother for 10 years.
They were 10 years of mental, emotional, and sometimes physical cruelty.
I managed eventually to leave my marriage and with my son built a new life at home in England.
I have learned that leaving abusive relationships is one part of finding freedom. The other part is that the abusive relationships have to leave you.
The path to recovery , to discovering, or rediscovering your authentic self and having the courage to live free from fear is a life-long one.
We grow a little freer everyday.
I want to share my journey of recovery. The things I have learned. What has helped and what hasn’t.
I can honestly say that there were times I felt hope-less and that I would never live free from fear – that the journey was just too hard.
BUT at 55 I have been in a very loving relationship for 12 years , my son is a grown man now and expecting my first grandchild, and I am living in a place of inner freedom and peace I had hardly dared dream was possible. I am having a blast.
DONT GIVE UP
I now work as a trainer and mentor in self-esteem building, assertiveness and anxiety management.
I am also a photographer, artist, taxidermist, write poetry and blogging. (my other blog of random ramblings is called TUXADERMY, not taxidermy, tuxadermy! tuxadermy.wordpress.com).