When I was young, I was a victim of abuse and neglect. As a result, I have struggled with mental and emotional health for most of my life. Particularly, numbing was my mechanism of survival. I am safe now. I am married to a wonderful man and I am the mother of three beautiful children. The birth of our first child awakened a gnawing in my heart, a voice that told me I was not yet truly living.
From that point to this moment I have been on a journey of discovery. I have learned that freedom lies in experiencing my emotions and I do not have to be overcome by them. I have learned that I can radically accept that terrible things have happened to me, and that I get to decide how they shape me. I have learned that the practice of being present in the moment, even when it is painful, allows me to truly live in my own skin, to love more deeply and to participate more fully in a life that is worth living. I am still afraid. I am still struggling to trust, but I am making steps toward healing every day with the help of incredible therapy and the support and encouragement of my family and friends.
“Little Bird” speaks of this journey of healing, of the cages and walls we build to protect ourselves. It is about finding the courage to take risks to live and love more fully. It was inspired by a friend who has encouraged me and has shared some of her own story of healing with me. It takes so much courage to be vulnerable and to share our stories. It is a beautiful act of compassion to let others know they are not alone by revealing pieces of our own brokenness. I hope that my song gives you hope and encouragement on your journey!
“Little Bird” lyrics here