Sunday, May 13, 2012

Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop 5/14

Welcome to the Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop. While this may not be your typical blog hop theme, we decided to put together this hop in order to shed light on a topic that often goes unspoken about, when the truth is many of us have either been in an abusive relationship or know of someone who has. We're here not to celebrate abusive relationships, but to bring hope to those who have been firsthand or secondhand victims and to provide awareness to help put an end to this growing problem. 

All of our projects showcased in this hop have something to do with hope, love, and encouragement. The color for domestic violence is purple, and as you'll see purple was used on many of our projects.

My project is actually a digital layout that lays out some of the myths or actual feelings a person may go through and feel during an abusive relationship. It's easy when you are on the outside looking in and say, "well just get away." But there is more to it then that. It's a whole conditioning experience. And abuse usually goes through a cycle. But know there really is hope. You can leave. You have to work your way up to it and realize there are resources out there for you. And then you can rebuild your self esteem or if you never had high self esteem as it is then you can work on building positive self esteem for yourself because you do deserve better regardless of what you think.

I was in a relationship that was abusive from the ages 13-19 years old, I even had a child with the person I was in a relationship with. It took me all those years to finally get the courage and self esteem to leave and I was even a college student during the end of the relationship.

Now I realize I would've eventually ended up hurt physically beyond being repaired if not killed if that relationship would've never ended.

If you are reading this and are in an abusive relationship then realize you can leave, get assistance to get out. Be careful though when using the computer since your history online can be searched.
Run out and never turn back, you deserve it!!

If you are reading this and have gotten away already, I applaud you. And I pray for you as you go through the different ups and downs that go through you throughout life.

And if you've never experienced this type of relationship then I'm happy to hear this but I also hope you find understanding for those that are in them or have been in them. Read more about them, learn more, so you can understand.

For my project, I created....

To help promote awareness for abusive relationships, eleven sponsors have been kind enough to offer almost $200 worth of prizes to those who participate in the blog hop. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be 11 PRIZE WINNERS. Let's see what prizes are being offered...

Paper Piecings By Nikki - $15 Gift Certificate
Shelly's Images - $9 Gift Certificate

Designs on Cloud 9 - $20 Gift Certificate
Scraptastical Kreations - $20 Gift Certificate

Digital Delights - $10 Gift Certificate

The Robin's Nest - $20 Gift Certificate
Di's Digi Downloads - $10 Gift Certificate
Close To My Heart - $10 Gift Certificate
Quick Quotes - $15 Gift Certificate

Perfect Paper Crafting - $30 Gift Certificate
Erica's Craft Room - $25 Gift Certificate

Here's what you have to do to be eligible to win any of these fabulous prizes:
1.) Leave a comment on each blog in the hop
2.) Become a follower of each blog if you aren't already

Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Made Especially For You on Friday May 20th. Comments after Thursday May 19th will NOT be eligible to win any of the prizes. 

Winners should contact Ashley at:

Your next stop is Paula's blog!

 Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thank you so much for joining us! Be sure to check out the following links for more information on how you can help to prevent and bring awareness to abusive relationships and domestic violence. 



Jamie your layout is so true!! those are all the things that I said to myself that made me stay for so long in an abusive marriage. i got out 3 1/2 years ago and will NEVER go back (actually I will finally be divorced as of Saturday)!!! Wow 13 so young!! glad you got out!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

The encouraging words are so apt and beautiful


Paper Deckerations said...

What a great idea! Hopefully even 1 person use this encouragement! Thanks for sharing!
paperdeckerations at gmail dot com

Miranda said...

Great project! And oh so true! TFS

sarah said...

Luv this & a great message to all..thx. so much for the share & message..

missstamper said...

Great project - let's get rid of those myths!

missstamper (at)

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

What a great project love what you girls are doing. I'm ur new follower


scrapqueen141 said...

Great project, love what you did with the myths!

Clarissa said...

love the truth on your project!! GREAT JOB!!

marg0006 said...

Unfortunetly it rings too true too often. Thanks for beng part of such a important issue.

rlovew said...

You highlight those myths that are held onto by those suffering.

Tasha said...

Your project is something that every domestic violence victim needs to see. You did a great job!

Eileen said...

What a great message in your project ... Thanks for the chance to hop for such an important cause.

MzLavr2 said...

Such a wonderful way to help spread awareness
<3 Pam

Debbie said...

thanks for all the information on preventing and understanding abusive relationships
upnurse at aol dot com

Kathy Salido said...

Your words and layout are so inspiring!! I too got out over 27 years ago!! If it had not been for the child I was carrying, I might never have left. But I knew for my child's sake and mine too, I needed to leave.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

this is great, creating a layout showing the myths. that's is definitely helpful


Laura said...

such a worthy cause for a hop!

Janet's Planet said...

great job on raising awareness.. been there, done that, glad to have had support and moved on!
Janet Royer

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

These myths are so true. This is near and dear to me. My cousin who lost her life to an abusive relationship would say the same thing. It was to late for when she tried to get out of it. TFS AJ!

JennyH said...

A thought-provoking project, thank you.

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I know that had to be hard. I have a niece that was in an abusive relationship when she was 16-19. I never realized it was as bad as it was because she always made those excuses like you put in your layout. It wasn't until after she finally got out that she started to reveal some of the things that had actually went on. Teen relationship abuse is on the rise more than people know. I am so happy that you were able to get out of your abusive relationship. Thank you for doing this hop and shedding light on such a touchy subject.

Dena said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Jamie! I went through some things myself. No one really knows what it's like unless they've gone through it themselves. It's a horrible place to be, and I thank God that person is no longer in my life. Take care and God bless.

Dena Jones

Michele from MS said...

Beautiful project and a beautiful new beginning for you. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

Sammibug said...

What a fabulous heartfelt project with such inspiration! Thank you for bringing awareness to this!

cema1cema said...

Great layout! Christina

Ashley said...

Wonderful layout, Jamie! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and for participating in the hop.


Anonymous said...

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