⏳ 5 Years Ago…⏳

Yesterday I decided to enter the 30-day blogging challenge introduced by LadyCee author of “Purpose- driven achiever” blog. The decided, to begin with, the topic for the third day: “5 Years Ago.” I hope you enjoy my short memoir piece about myself five years ago. To join the 30-day blog challenge visit https://lifewithgraceandbeauty.com/2016/11/17/blogging-goals-whos-up-for-the-challenge/.


Five years ago I lived in Orlando, Florida, the Waterford Lakes area to be exact. That was my second time living in Florida, the first time I was there for five years before moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. This time I vowed to never leave again.


I loved my life there. A quaint condo in an subdivision conveniently located near almost everything I needed and worked from home doing technical support. My car was useful when I sought out the nightlife with friends or wanted to do something on the other side of town.

At that time I was more of an introvert than normal. Finally, I had mustered the strength to break free of the mental, verbal and physically abusive tyrant I was held captive by for three years. No longer a P.O.W, although the PTSD and depression were incarcerating.woman-641528_640

Sam was there for me! Sam was a dear friend of mine of three years. I spent much of my time confiding in him during and after the relationship. Sam lived in Russia at the time doing technical support for a company in the Adyghe Republic of Russia and as needed worked as a translator at the Embassy. Sam was a brilliant man, speaking five different languages, technically inclined and sensitive. We spent much of our free time on the phone or Skype chatting. He became my best friend but the subject of a major crush I developed. Shell-shocked from my past relationship we mutually decided to take things very slow and continue to allow me to heal mentally, spiritually and emotionally.


Five years ago, I was a caged bird with a broken wing. Today, I fly high on life, willing able and ready to take on the world.


Images courtesy of:

Birdcage: ArtsyBee via Pixabay

Eagle: Vasile_Pralea via Pixabay

Florida: tpsdave via Pixabay

Woman: Mysticsartdesign via Pixabay


Author: Lydia

I am just what my blog says... I Live...Love...Share!!! I'm a Virtual Administrative Assistant, Writer and Social Media Marketer/ Manager. I spend most of my life online working, learning and meeting new people.

11 thoughts on “⏳ 5 Years Ago…⏳”

  1. Dear Lydia,
    I enjoyed reading your poignant memoir piece, and I’m excited for you as you fly higher into freedom. It’s been inspiring to watch a friend of mine return to her old self after she was released from a prison of abuse. Soar, friend, soar. xo
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  2. Hello Lydia,
    I am so pleased to see that you’ve jumped on board and will be participating in the challenge.
    Congratulations on moving on from what must have been a painful and debilitating period in your life. I’m truly glad you are flying free of your past. Thank you for sharing your memories and I just love your supporting illustrations.

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  3. Oh Lydia, you are an amazing lady. I’m so glad you fly high now (Especially since I don’t have to fly over and sort anyone who would dare treat you that way. ) May you find every happiness. Ps been to Orlando a few times you know xxxxxx

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  4. Hi Lydia,
    Each time you write a blog about yourself, you open the door to the inner self a little more. Yet, you only allow us small glimpses of that beautiful you. I for one want to know more.Since I’m a late arrival at this table of revelation, I’ll need to catch up. For now I will patiently wait knowing what waits on the other side of the door is a beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing and God Bless.

    Since I was in the military, I am curious about the PTSD.

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    1. You know every time I give readers a small glimpse through the door of my life it’s also revealing for me as well. It helps me to deal with the darkness in my past that caused me to be very depressed and toxic. Marilyn Davis advised me to take these steps and it works. Writing and prayer has and is healing many wounds. Take your time you will know when to take the first step. Thanks so much for reading Chuck. 🙂

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  5. Lydia,
    I’m glad to have you join in on this blogging challenge. I think it’s an amazing feeling to look back at our past and see how far we’ve come, the obstacles we’ve overcame, and the difference it has made in our life. Continue flying high and inspiring those around you to do the same!

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