I have started re-writing this blog no less than five times, because each time it occurred to me that someone might be offended or misunderstand what I am trying to say. I think perhaps I’m still reeling from the rant that spewed forth from my keyboard yesterday.
I don’t regret it though. Life is too short for regrets, and sometimes we just have to spout it out. I do enjoy email forwards from time to time, and I don’t want anyone to think that I was directing the Obama rant at any certain person. Many people in my life, both from “real life” and from my “internet life” have posted or emailed me these things, and I guess I just decided I was done with it.
Alright then, now that that’s out of the way, I will move on to the real point of today’s blog. As I type this, my family’s dinner is simmering away on the stove. Earlier, while I was preparing it, I had this single, amazing thought.
I love my life.
WOW! If you’d have told me twenty years ago that one day I’d be a mother to three children who does what she loves while working from home, I’d have laughed in your face and politely explained that I would in fact be moving to Maine and writing on the beach. (Yes, even in the cold, I’d smile as I told you.)
Nonetheless, here I am, LOVING my life. I am certain that part of this zest I’ve developed has something to do with recent personal changes which have made my world a bit brighter, but I would say that it also has to do with the family with which I’ve been blessed, and the wonderful friends in my life.
What an amazing feeling, to love one’s life. I have to admit, it’s not always been so wonderful, but in hindsight…I’ll admit that it may have been my own fault. Perhaps because of the negativity in my head, my life was overshadowed.
No matter though, because now…now I get it. Thankfully…I get it.
Took me long enough. Haha.
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.