The earth beneath the flower.

I aim to document my survival of an abusive relationship, taking the power back, getting stronger and living well.

“Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, and like a forest it’s easy to lose your way … to get lost … to forget where you came in”

(Hattori Hanzo, Kill Bill)

This is my quote of choice at the moment, precisely because this is not a situation on which to take revenge. I used to be a vengeful person, but I have changed. The only way to resolve the conflict is to sort my life out and move on. I want to understand what happened between myself and the man I was going to marry. To understand how we went from trying to get into a position to get a place of our own and grow old together, to staring at one and other through a glass screen in court. Most of all, I want make sure if I choose to enter a relationship in the future, it’s a healthy situation free from abuse.

I’m Em. I am 35 years old. And for the first time in my life, I accept myself all the way. I am moving towards being happy and staying that way.

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