About Beautiful Lives - A Lifestyle Change Blog About PTSS
Welcome to Beautiful Lives. Let me tell you a little bit about why this site came to be. My diagnosis for post-traumatic stress syndrome came after living with it for over 50 years. At last, after decades of searching for answers about why I felt and reacted so differently from most people around me, the answers become more clear with each new day. Is it late in life to start over? No. With the right tools in place, good motivation, and a positive attitude, we can start over whenever we decide at anytime in our lives. #Truth
For many years, I let other people tell my story for me because I walked in too much fear to talk about it myself. But, no more. Today, I am not a victim. Rather, I know who I am and I embrace my story. This website starts with my back story and moves forward into the things that bring me joy, sadness, deep emotions, or whatever comes along that might help someone else if the story is told.
Please consider this site as a place for resources to learn to heal from traumatic experiences. Your feedback is welcome but in a more private way than the usual commenting. On this site, you can address issues by contacting me either through the contact form on this site or through Facebook Messenger.
To join and jive with kindred spirits, please join our Facebook Group: Beautiful Lives.
It is my deepest hope that kindred spirits find inspiration to follow a journey of healing in which we learn to make life decisions based on love and hope, not on fear. Namaste!
Introduction to EMDR
The therapist who correctly diagnosed me after all these years also introduced me to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. From the first session, I found relief from stress. There is no easy answer for PTSS but EMDR might give you a fresh perspective and a new start as it did for me.
Spirit • Mind • Body • Balance
Today, each day is full of the pursuit of balance in all things that I do. Writing about my journey helps keep me in balance and it is my wish that each reader finds some measure of comfort and encouragement.
Dancing in the Rain image courtesy of Canva.
Susan’s Back Story
This is a list of posts on Beautiful Lives by Susan that tell a little bit more of my personal story for those who are interested.
My back story is a long one that spans 65 years so it is my wish that you find some measure of corroboration of your own story through mine.
My Great-great-grandmother Rose Daniels was Navajo. This was hidden from me for most of my life. So now, there are traits about me that make sense.
The illusion of control of one’s environment, be it things or people, is fear based, not love based. It wears away at the soul of the controller.
Past fears sometimes overwhelm me and ruin my entire day. The truth is, I never know when I will get struck by an old experience that throws me for a loop.
What about the perpetrators in our lives? How are our lives shaped by perpetrators? Read this article to earn more about it.
I was born into a family of generational trauma and the subsequent continual crisis that goes with it. Read to learn more about generational trauma.
Do you feel exhausted from a lifetime of secrets that sometimes wear away your will to go on? Are there secrets that you are afraid to talk about?