Supporting women and girls with similar traumatic histories and experiences of violence and abuse has helped Terriea heal her own traumatic past. Her ability to create and hold a safe space for women to share, counsel and explore problem-solving solutions has ignited her passion to pursue formal counselor training.
But just when things seemed to be getting on track, the program lost funding and Terriea was laid off. At the same time, she went through a painful personal tragedy and she and her children found themselves homeless. Rather than letting these obstacles send her into a downward spiral, Terriea took up meditation and chanting to move through her feelings. She also reconnected with her birth mother, which has helped her learn about her indigenous culture and spirituality, and brings her great comfort. Now staying with friends, Terriea says she is determined to heal this cycle. She has accepted a temporary position with her previous employer, and is hopeful that it will lead to a full-time job.
The Live Your Dream Awards mean stability for Terriea and her family. She is using the awards to pay for her tuition, so that no matter what this next year has in store, she will not have to put her schooling on hold for financial reasons.
Terriea’s dream is to eventually start her own counseling/life coaching business.
“My prayers look a lot different today than when I was a little girl. There were many times being exploited on the streets or in my addiction I thought I was going to die and I didn’t care,” she said. “Now I have a purpose. I will continue to create a safe space for others to do their healing and transformational work. I will use my voice to share my story to inspire others to do the same. The Live Your Dream Awards will help me to further my growth, accountability and commitment to be a transformational agent and end this cycle for my family!”
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