"Hell Is The Life You Pretend To Live After Giving Up Who You Really Are."
As a teenager, after being put in the middle of my parents’ contentious divorce, I was confronted with the prospect of facing life on my own for the first time. Prior to this, it never occurred to me to question what my parents had taught me as a child. Thinking for myself had never been encouraged, expressing feelings had been discounted or thwarted, basic emotional needs ignored. Fearful obedience had been the key to my survival.
Up until then I had been told what to believe, what opinions to have, what to feel, about myself, the world and everything else. So those beliefs had to become mine in order to survive within the family, even if they were untrue. I became a perpetually frightened, nearly invisible stand-in of myself. No one seemed to notice or care that I was a shell.
At that time, there was really no way for me to know that much of what I had been taught was negative and contrary to ever having a healthy, happy, productive life. My background had in no way prepared me for living and functioning on my own. But by then, I believed my unhappiness was my fault and my problem alone to deal with. I just thought that God made a big mistake when He created me and I deserved no better.
In retrospect, its not surprising that I would go on to express through self-destructive behaviors, feelings of low self esteem, bad relationship choices, bouts of depression, anger, confusion, and sadness. Somehow though, I began to realize that my life wasn’t a dress rehearsal. I had to try to turn it around because no one else was going to rescue me.
Fresh Out of Hell:
Escaping the Negative Influences of Toxic Parenting
In this book, I candidly share my experiences, illustrating how a promising life can be thrown far off course by negative parental programming and thoughtless reactive behaviors. I detail the mindsets that had to be changed in order to extricate myself from a life of confusion and misery to finally reclaim my sense of sanity and self. I hope it proves to be a helpful navigation tool for those readers facing similar challenges in their lives.
About This Website
Within the pages of this site I'll be able to share more information with you and better SHOWCASE my artwork from the book Fresh Out Of Hell: Escaping the Negative Influences of Toxic Parenting.
To those of you who have read my book, you might be interested in knowing more about available help for mental and emotional health issues.
On the RESOURCES page, you'll be able to download several PDF documents that you might find useful. The LINKS page will direct you to important websites that you might find educational and beneficial. And WRITINGS is an area I will be adding to as I go.
I sincerely hope you find something of value here and I encourage you to SHARE your thoughts and progress with me in your quest for wholeness and peace of mind.