Once a Victim Now a Survivor Award
I’m really honored to be payed forward the “Once a Victim Now a Survivor Award“. Thank you so much, Darque Thoughts
I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my emotional vomiting. If one reader feels less alone, then all the retching is worth it. Thank you guys!
I was asked these five questions as a part of this award and have passed this award forward to five more survivors below.
1. In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma or mental illness?
Writing therapy is a great way to clear the mind. Instead of bottling up the pain, flashbacks, nightmares and myriad of emotions, we are able to give it to the virtual page. That is a great clearing for me. I call it “language letting”.
2. How has blogging helped you with your healing process or your personal journey?
Blogging has been both a great outlet for me to write my emotions, document my moments as well as connect with others who have experienced trauma and came out on the other side surviving, just like me.
3. When did you start your blog and what motivates you to write?
I’ve been blogging for a while. I started in the days of Live Journal, then to MySpace, and now, with WordPress, since 2012. WordPress has afforded me a great connection with like minds, and I happen to dig their mobile app. What motivates me to write the most is the knowing that I cannot hold all of this inside of me. It’s constantly pushing it’s way out of my fingertips in some fashion, be it poetry, stories, essays or whatever else comes out. I don’t often blog for the sake of anyone else or with readers in mind. I write to get it out. If someone reads and relates, then that is a great added bonus. If no one reads, I got it out. Either way, I come out ahead.
4. If you could encourage other victims to become survivors what would you say to them?
Learn the skills of coping and soothing. Don’t try and erase the moments that feel overwhelming. Face them head on, and understand that it is okay to cry, to feel, to hurt, to grieve and to know that afterwards you’ll still be able to find that laughter; that some days are really awesome and others really fucking suck, yet what makes us survivors is that we come through. Reach out to others like you; who can understand your pain and don’t let your pain define who you are. You are in control now. Your abusers are no longer running the show. You get to choose what feels right and good for you. Lastly, never, ever, silently suffer for anyone. Seriously, tell anyone who doesn’t have your best interest in mind, or who doesn’t care about your needs, to take a hike. It is OKAY to say no now.
5. Since you started writing, what has been your favorite or most positive personal accomplishment(s) and/or achievement(s) in the “blogging world”?
My greatest personal writing accomplishment is my novel, Cult Child. I’m equally proud of the other publications I’ve published. My favorite moments are always, without a doubt, when someone tells me they’ve read something I’ve written and it made them know they’re not alone. That is the beautiful side of this internet blogging world. Knowing I have touched a heart is very rewarding. Sharing our trauma experiences is an intricate part of our healing process.
Aside from the one who payed this Award forward, here are five amazing survivors I read; who make me feel understood and whom I believe are equal candidates for this Survivor Award.
- Refractory Ramblings From the Darkside
- The Not-So Secret Life Of a Manic Depressant
- Leaving Fundamentalism
- Healing From Complex Trauma and PTSD/CPTSD
- Survivorship – for survivors of ritualistic abuse
You may pass this Award forward. Below are the four steps to do so.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate your own bloggers to pass the award to
- Post the 5 questions below for your nominees to answer (also answer them yourself)
- Inform your nominees and post a comment in their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated
- In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma or mental illness?
- How has blogging helped you with your healing process or your personal journey?
- When did you start your blog and what motivates you to write?
- If you could encourage other victims to become survivors what would you say to them?
- Since you started writing, what has been your favourite or most positive personal accomplishment(s) and/or achievement(s) in the “blogging world”?
Paying forward our Survivorship is a wonderfully uplifting circle. Thank you again, Darque!
6 thoughts on “I Received a Beautiful Award!”
Hey you..back 🙂
Love this post…
The whole thing. I love the last line, “Paying forward our Survivorship is a wonderfully uplifting circle”
That…is so true. I was really touched when you left this on my post. Since we started blogging, you have always been there..to leave a kind thought, an encouraging word, or support.
I hope we return that circle of support.
We love ya, Vennie. Your work on behalf of all survivors is an amazing and thing. Your sharing of your experience and yourself leaves no one to feel alone who reads your words. Your advocacy is a path you chose that few could walk. It deserves noted.
You don’t ask to hear these thing..but I want to say them.
Thank you for honoring us….know you are honored and amazing.
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I love your face, Alex, and one day soon we’ll have a group hug – just the “two of us”.
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I would love that 🙂 “two of us” LOL
Reblogged this on Refractory Ramblings From The Darkside and commented:
Vennie Kocsis is an author, artist, musician…I don’t think there is anything she can’t do. She is a survivor, what she likes to call a thriver.
And she is. The words on her blog will take you to great depths of understanding into the world of surviving extreme childhood abuse and learning to live free.
This is our thank you to her for nominating us for this award. We are truly honored.
To pay it forward, we are sharing her blog for anyone who may benefit from reading her words, who is not aware of them already.
Thank you Vennie, much love..
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Love you dearly. We are not alone. 💖
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Reblogged this on Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD and commented:
So blessed & honoured with a 3rd Victim to Survivor award this week.