Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AAM Challenge #3

I can't believe we are already on challenge #3 at All About Me!  This challenge is/was a toughy.  Took me some time to come up with something but deep down I knew what I needed to scrap.  Something I don't like to admit but knew as a way to heal and be real, I needed to publicly scrap it.  My close friends (in real life) know this about me but many of you in the online community don't.  So here we go...



{Story}  Please be forewarned that what I'm about to share may too much for some.  I love to share my story and the journey I've been on the past 4 or 5 years.  As a child I was molested and I carried the burden of that incident all my life.  I never blamed it on myself but I felt ashamed and embarrassed.  I didn't know how to handle it and it wrecked my self esteem.  It ruined how I viewed myself as a girl... now a woman.   In 2001 I got tired of living that way and decided to give my life to Jesus and began a healing journey of self-discovery and purpose... FINALLY!  And about two years ago I began going through therapy and dealing with all these issues.  Ah therapy.

{Journaling} My journaling is hidden on the layout.  Up on top, I used a tag and folded it in half.  The flap is tucked under the flower and reads: I have always labeled myself as not good enough, not talented enough, immature, no don't speak up, you don't know the answer!  Who do you think you are? Now I know it's not true. There is always learning in life but I will say this now.. I am talented, I am good enough, I am loved and I will speak up! No more lies Melissa... you are fabulous.

{Materials} Background CS and PP - American Crafts, Paper flowers - Prima, bling - Kaiser, felt and plastic flowers and brad - Little Yellow Bicycle, stickers - 7 Gypsies, chipboard letters - Colorbok

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10 comments:

Miranda said...

I'm a bit quit now.... with tears in my eyes... Thanks for sharing your story. Big hug to you!!

Clair said...

Melissa, you are fabulous - and thank you - for sharing, being brave and being an inspiration x

Kim said...

Melissa, what a wonderful inspiration you are. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your world!!!!

Arlene said...

oh, you left me so teary eyed. :(

You are so wonderful and I am glad you realize that now. I love how honest you are in this LO.

kirsten michelle said...

You ARE fabulous!! And so is that photo ... ;o)

You've been doing some amazing & beautiful work. Keep it up, girl!!

Melissa said...

*hug*
Melissa, you're an amazing woman...this LO is incredible(and so are you)

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Kim said...

hey sweetie I left you an award on my blog here:
http://kim-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2009/10/all-about-me-challenge-3-and-honesty.html

MiamiKel said...

((((( Melissa ))))) Your story is an inspiration in itself - your testimony of overcoming tragedy and moving on to a healthier life in spite of really shows us how full life is and worth living! We certainly can't erase the past but we can move forward and take each day head on, claiming it and making it our own! BLessings to you always!
And your page is just beautiful - the color, the layout style ....it's a wonderful page. Thank you for sharing!

charli said...

wow--you are like superwoman for sharing this story so openly and so creatively. I am so glad to read that you are finding healing.

Thanks for sharing your journaling...{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}

charlene