Overcoming Adversity & Surviving Sexual Abuse

Today Blake and I share very personal experiences of adversity in our lives and how we overcame them. Blake relates his story of struggling in school and the challenges of getting cut from the soccer team and having to figure out how to re-define himself. 

I talk about being sexually abused for several years by my uncle as a teenager. We talk about how I didn’t care if I got hit by a bus at the time (and almost wished I would) and how I made it through everything*.  That experience shaped my life in so many negative ways until I had the strength to deal with it.

The adversity that Blake and I went through was completely different but had many commonalities (loss of identity, shame, fear of the unknown, etc).  We talk though these and came up with 10 ways to overcome adversity. 

This may be the best podcast I’ve recorded. It’s definitely the only one where I’ve cried or gotten so personal. It’s also the one I’m most proud of so I hope you enjoy it.

*If you’ve ever been sexually or emotionally abused I hope this episode helps you. It’s the most difficult topic I’ve ever discussed publicly but I truly believe it’s something that needs to be discussed. Stats show that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. That needs to stop.

**If you’re a victim of sexual abuse, check out the links below OR contact me directly. I’m more than happy to help you in any way I can.

https://www.rainn.org/

https://www.nsvrc.org/