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Darice is a writer, educator, blogger, and explorer. Her passion is writing about how to be, live, and speak your truth. She holds degrees in science and education, including a graduate degree in transformational learning. Darice has extensive experience teaching in many different professional environments to a multicultural audience around the world. She is passionate about exploring topics that support people in living their most empowered life. Read her newest book, The Art of Finding Truth…

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Surviving a Dysfunctional Relationship: What I Wish I Knew and Did Sooner

“No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” ~Alice Walker

When I was a child and in my early teenage years, I was a free bird. I laughed easily, loved life, never worried, and dreamed big. I thought the best of others, the glass was always full. I never dreamed others would hurt me, and I had a joyful and playful attitude toward life.

That was a long time ago.

My breakdown started gradually and slowly with judgments from a very close and trusted family member I dare not name. This person, though …