I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful conversation with Anna Ditchburn, World’s Best Life Optimization Coach and host of the World’s Best Trauma Recovery Podcast! Please join us as we discuss:
- Anna’s personal story of triumph over trauma
- her insights on recovery from sexual abuse
- her philosophies regarding the power contained within sharing our stories
- the motivation behind her “world’s best” motto
- and so much more!
Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunes, Blubrry, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.
“At the age of 15, my stepfather started what ended up being six years of systemic sexual abuse, threatening me and my family’s lives if I ever revealed my torturous secret to anyone.
I fell pregnant twice because of his abuse and then was forced into two illegal abortions to hide his heinous crimes.
After escaping his evil clutches when I was 21, his legacy continued to haunt me after experiencing 16 consecutive miscarriages, including two ectopic pregnancies – one that nearly killed me in 2019, as one of the abortions was botched and had damaged my reproductive system.
I spent 20 years of my life living in anger, guilt, shame and fear because I didn’t have the confidence, courage, and self-belief to say what had happened to me as a young girl.
I was a workaholic, a people-pleaser, trying to keep the peace, seeking approval from others, saying YES when I wanted to say NO, afraid to make a mistake, procrastinating and worrying about what others think of me.
On the surface, I looked like I have it all together, but inside I was relentlessly beating myself up for every single mistake and frustrated that life wasn’t going my way.
I wasted a lot of energy and time on narcissistic and toxic relationships, in which I put their needs above, and then resent them for it. I would blame myself for their moods and bad behaviour. I was trying hard to prove myself, to dress better, behave better, and love them more, so I can make them happy.
One of the most powerful things I ever learned was that we can’t control anyone or anything else around us. The only thing in our power to change is ourselves.
I now reclaimed my power, freed myself from the tether of tyranny, shame and anger, and made it my life’s purpose to help others to live the life of their dreams.
Imagine what your life will look like a year from now if you take back control of the power that was stripped away?”
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