Welcome to the #YOUBULLIEDME Challenge. Whether you believe it or not, you are brave for making the commitment to your self-love and your healing. All are welcome in this safe-space and I am so glad that you are here.
(Below you will find the prompts for Days 1-15 of #YOUBULLIEDME. You can use these images to stay on track with the challenge or even get ahead and prepare for the upcoming days.)
Being bullied was something I never talked about. In elementary and middle school I was bullied by my peers and girls that I considered my friends. I was ashamed to admit it to myself.
I felt like I was weak if I said it out loud, but for me, admitting that I was bullied gave me my strength.
I was not bullied physically, I was verbally and emotionally bullied. I remember one of my “friends” calling me on the phone as she tried to get me to say something bad about one of the girls in our group. Of course, I was unaware that the girl she was trying to pin me up against was also on the phone listening in (a classic ‘Mean Girls” move). Three-way calls were a new feature at that time (some of you may know about this), and these girls used that feature to bully and torment me.
They would tease me, spread rumors, and leave me out of sleepovers and birthday parties, and yet they kept me around.
What I grew to understand as a Social Worker and Self-love Life Coach is that they were all insecure and took thier pain out on me. They enjoyed making themselves feel better by pushing me down because I was a straight A student, a social butterfly, and was a talented writer and singer. I was not the kid that bragged, but I was active in school and in the performing arts and most of my teachers valued me as a student. I was always involved in talent shows, plays, writing short stories, performing solo’s in the choir, and always got attention from my teachers and the principal in school.
Jealousy made me a victim of bullying, but now I am a survivor.
Why #YOUBULLIEDME Matters
I decided to create this challenge not only for my own healing, but for anyone who has experienced bullying and those who are being bullied now.
You may have been bullied by your parents and siblings, external family, friends, employers, co-workers or by your significant other, but when we heal together, we heal stronger.
You may have been bullied on social media, at school, work or in your home.
You may have been bullied because of your race or ethnicity; for your gender, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic class, or your sexual orientation.
This challenge is designed to bring healing to ourselves and others by sharing our stories and our truth in hopes of preventing the life-long challenges that can come with being bullied.
Never be afraid to admit that you were bullied. The first step toward healing and forgiveness, is admitting that it happened.
#YOUBULLIEDME Days 1-15
Share your truth. Share your story.
What to Expect:
- Prompts for days 16-31 (posted on October 14, 2018)
- All prompts will be posted daily on LADYHOOD journey’s social media accounts: @ladyhoodjourney (FB), @ladyhoodjourney (IG), @ladyjourney_ (Twitter)