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Surviving Abuse Podcast

I’m Mickie Zada and I lived in abuse…for 34 years…from age 19 until I was 53. I believe we create our realities, and I chose to stay in a damaging relationship for so long because I thought it was my Calling. I was wrong. I changed me. I am now an enthusiastic participant in Life. “The words ‘I am’ are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.” A.L. Kitselman I am a strong woman, a fabulous woman, over 60 years old. I am a Change-agent. I am an encourager. I am uniquely qualified to speak to living in abuse, getting out and surviving to the fullest extent. I know what it takes. I know the fear. I am a survivor. I am a coach. I am happy to have these “I Am” words to reach back and claim me! The actions I teach and share are those that I’ve learned in my Journey from choosing to live in abuse to choosing to create my authentic life; safe, sound, Real. I invite you to read through this web page. Think about who I Am. Read blogs, listen to some podcasts, watch live videos. Do we connect? I am open and exposed. Choose to reach out to me or not. What I know for sure is that I lived the life of abuse, and got out, and I’ve thrived, to serve as a beacon to other women. If you live in abuse, or you’ve recently escaped, it’s my Mission to support and encourage you to choose and live a healthy life. The materials, the tools, the support is here. It’s your responsibility to grab hold and change yourself, from the in-side out.
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Now displaying: May, 2018
May 30, 2018

It’s a common scenario.  High school sweethearts.  He treated her like she was precious, said all the right things, and she ignored the red flags.

The military sent him overseas so they got married so she could go, too.  One night while dancing, he misunderstood something she said and he punched her in the mouth.  She was taken to the hospital.  The military’s resolve to his violence was to send her back stateside!

Back in the States, during an especially brutal attack, Hope dialed 911.  The police response was to tell he if she couldn’t get it together their child would be removed from their home! No support, the abuser was not arrested.  Just a threat to put their child in foster care.

In spite of all this, Hope remained confident that there was a better life for her and her child.  She knew from experience, improvement and change in her life was her sole responsibility.

Open and honest, Hope’s story of growth and creation of her safe, healthy and authentic life will inspire others.

Anyone may contact Hope for questions or comments at livingpurposedaily@gmail.com

 

May 24, 2018

Her 2009 memoir about surviving domestic abuse, titled Crazy Love, is the subject of the very first TED talk by a domestic abuse survivor!

Leslie Morgan Steiner has been a guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC…the list goes on!  Now she’s my guest on Surviving Abuse Podcast.

She was 22, a Harvard College graduate, a writer for Seventeen Magazine and living a magical life in New York City when her abuser captured her heart.  They seemed to be perfect for each other.  She is beautiful. He is handsome.  He treated her like a queen…in public.  Behind the scenes she hid a dark secret.  She had fallen in love with a deeply disturbed, mean and violent man.

Learn more or contact Leslie at www.LeslieMorganSteiner.com

 

May 16, 2018

Most CPAs are black and white...no gray areas, no mushy stuff, no metaphysical beliefs…certainly no thinking like me!

Deborah Williams is not that kind of CPA.

She speaks about accounting and money mindset the way I talk about domestic abuse; 

  • Life patterns affect our current lives 
  • Our old ways of doing things may not fit who we are today 
  • Everyone else is “normal’, why am I not?
  • Why am I stuck HERE…how do I begin living my authentic life

Because of family patterns, Deb was attracted to an abuser who was also an alcoholic.  Since leaving that relationship, she has created a happy, healthy, safe and authentic life. 

Listen to Deb’s interesting story of growth and transition.  She shares insights and talks about lessons she has learned to create the life she loves.

For more about Deborah Williams, go to www.FinancialKarmaCoach.com.  Her podcast is Financial Karma

May 9, 2018

Stephani Roberts is also a podcaster.  Her show also deals with domestic abuse.  We are kindred Spirits…she and I … and you.  Her podcast is called The Audacious Life.

After separation from her abuser, Stephani described herself as a “frazzled, anxious mess most of the time.”  With no family nearby, she decided not to lean on anyone else to get through her separation and transition.  She was not married to her abuser, the Father of their two children.  In some ways that made leaving easier.  In some ways it was much more difficult.

It was a rough time.  It was frightening.  She was determined to create a new, strong, vital life for her girls and herself.

Within a year of being on her own, Stephani declared, “I’m launching a career come hell or high water, even if it means going to bed at 1 a.m.!  This is my change to make a difference and I’m going for it!”

By embracing personal growth, Stephani did change her life.  She was determined to never again be attracted to an abuser and embraced the work required to ensure a better life for herself…and be the role model she wanted her girls to see.

Listen to Stephani Roberts’ story of falling in love with a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the process she embraced to create a healthy, vital life and very successful entrepreneurial business.

Stephani’s podcast is The Audacious Life

Download her free affirmation recording at www.bit.ly/affirmation11

May 2, 2018

She was the most photographed girl in the world (THE Kodak girl)…and became a mafia wife.

Having grown up in Western NY, her story gets intense in New York City at a mafia-run club called Sundowners.  

She never knew exactly what went down at the after-hours club where she worked, but the intrigue drew her into the mafia's underworld.

"I end up in San Diego, and I was married to a guy in the mob at this time. he was very abusive."

Wanting to take her daughter away from their abusive household, she knew she could never escape her mafia husband.

Then one day, she grabbed her daughter, got in the car and started driving away.

My guest today is Georgia Durante.  She is the author of “The Company She Keeps”

Georgia shares that she buried her abusive past life deep inside for years, hardly ever thought about it or dealt with in, until she began writing her book.

Then things became clear.

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