How I Regained What I Lost with Laura’s House


Laura’s house is an organization to end domestic violence. Their mission is to change social beliefs, attitudes, and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse. 


Sometimes in life, times can become overwhelming, a time when you just don’t know where to turn but you know you can’t keep silent any longer.

There are times in everyone’s life when life gets unbearable and you feel you can’t go on, and then there’s a point where your breaking point has been reached, the point of “no return.” A time when outside help is needed. At the most dire time in my marriage, I was so afraid, not only for my safety but my also children’s too. I turned to Laura’s House.

I spoke to Laura’s House on the phone for a very long time. The woman on the phone was so comforting. She gave me choices and advice on how to stay safe. She gave me the encouragement to make the first move to leaving a very toxic relationship. Unfortunately, it took me 8 more years before I could finally get away.

When I left, my children were away at college. It was my time. I needed to accept that there’s no going back. No wishes for hope because I have have tried everything and the moment happens when reality hits that it is actually over.

For me, it took me years of seeing my therapist and making progress, learning what boundaries are and what is acceptable to me to finally become okay. I slowly learned how to be me and regain what I lost. But when do you make the decision to break free? Pam would say to me “you’ll know, and there will be no turning back.”

This was so true.

Laura’s House had given me hope in a different direction, and encouragement, I was worth being treated with love and respect. I learned how to find my safe place, a place where you could learn to be an independent, strong, confident. Because of Laura’s House, I was no longer alone.

Time does heal all. For me, at least. The best part of my healing journey was volunteering at Laura’s House, giving back, becoming a domestic violence advocate. I chose to focus my efforts on Laura’s House Hope Golf Tournament. Raising money for families who need help, education and a safe place to call home in transition.

This month is domestic violence awareness month and I have decided to donate part of my proceeds from both of my businesses Shop Embrace and Tulifts to give back to this organization.

These are quotes to make you think, they pertain to all aspects of life, enjoy!

“Some think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it’s letting go.”– Herman Hesse

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono

“Someone I loved once gave me a box of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift”- Mary Oliver

I believe that every experience in life is a gift some gifts need to be used daily, and some need to be put on a shelf and taken down only sometimes.

Debra Corley
Thank you for caring 💜

If you want to, you can donate to Laura’s House directly here.



Photography, Blog Editor: Crystal Reed, Studio Salty

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