Exactly one month from today I will be turning 30. I am so excited to be entering a new decade and finally leave the horrible 20s behind. I say that because it was in my 20s that my mental health issues were at their worst and it was also during my 20s that I experienced my sexual assault and emotional abuse. I am ready to leave it all behind.

I have put together a list of goals that I would like to work on to continue to improve my life for the better. I will share a few of those things with you.

Things to leave behind

  • Negative people/constant “victims”
  • People who can’t or won’t respect my boundaries
  • Negative self talk/self victim blaming
  • Disordered Eating
  • My Past

Things to add

  • Healthier mindset when it comes to food and my body
  • More positive and upbeat people
  • Positive support system
  • Healthier/Better relationship with my husband
  • Grow closer to God

Things to keep the same

  • My support from professional and natural people
  • My relationship with my family
  • Keep being the best Katie I can be
  • Keep getting better and stronger

Things I want to do

  • Attend a Take Back The Night event.
  • Publicly share parts of my story verbally.
  • Become a Victim Advocate
  • Go to Hawaii and New York City.

This Saturday I have been given the opportunity to participate in my first March To End Sexual Assault. Something I have been wanting to do for awhile now but haven’t had the chance to. I put together a sign that I might use for it.

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“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten has played a big part in empowering me in my survivor journey. So, it seemed appropriate to use that!

I’m also excited to say that I have started doing some training (lots and lots of webinars) to learn how to be a better advocate and hopefully someday become a victim advocate.

April starts Sexual Assault Awareness Month (And Birthday Month. #30DaysOfKatie ?) I am hoping to have finished the video project I am currently working on “We Believe Survivors.” I’m looking forward to finding more ways to raise awareness and support survivors!

I’m excited to attend a Day of Healing and joining other survivors and allies! It will be my first time attending something like this and I can’t wait to be inspired and empowered!

There are so many things I am looking forward to. May this be the best decade yet!

All my love, KatieButterfly

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