Who is Toni?

Who is Toni?

Toni is a Mother, wife, Army veteran, & lover of Arts! I was born and raised in Athens, GA. I Grew up right downtown from the University of GA football stadium. I was raised by a single mother in one of the worst low-income projects in the Athens area. I remember growing up I had an huge imagination because I always wanted to escape my reality. I would pretend I was somewhere else, doing something besides what I was doing. We did not have much growing up, but my mother made the best out of what we had. I always told myself I would get out of that place one day. Every time I made a wish on my birthday or wished upon a star the wish was always to leave the projects & be on my own. I was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, abuse that occurred in and outside of my home and it affected me tremendously.

I remember growing up I had an huge imagination because I wanted to escape my reality

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I started writing and drawing in elementary school & middle school to cope with internal pain that I was dealing with. I would write poetry about my everyday life, and I would draw people who I wished I were. I graduated high school, and I went straight into the Army. I served in the Army for 7 years, and was medically retired after a deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan that added on to the pile of trauma I was already dealing with. I have been told I am depressed, I have PTSD, anxiety, OCD, and many other diagnoses. But I have not allowed any of them to hold me back. I lost my grandma and father within 4 years of each other. I am a domestic violence survivor, and I am a mental health advocate. I am so many things. I have so much to give, and so many life experiences to share in hopes that I can help someone else heal. I am an open book if you have questions please ask. Do not be afraid to engage with me. I suggest you subscribe & learn something new that could help you heal or better yourself. Writing and photography has helped with my healing so much in the last year. Majoriearts.com & The Pearl Blog are my healing places & I am so glad to share them with you!

Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Who is Toni?”

  1. Oh my goodness! I feel like I connect with you on so many levels! I am also an Army Vet, DV Survivor, struggle a lot with anxiety and PTSD. Writing on my blog has really helped me sort through lots of things! I write about a lot of tough topics, but that’s because of my experience with them and I want to help others through similar situations. I also like to write about a lot of everyday things. I can’t wait to read more of your posts!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

    1. Wow! That’s exactly why I write on real life topics and not always right about the so good things! There are people who are still healing and lost and need that advice and sometimes when you read about another person getting through something really tough it encourages you as well! I subscribed to you because I liked your topics! Thanks πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

      1. Yes! Exactly. Thank you so much. Yeah, some of the things I write about I can’t find anything else on those topics. Some of these *important topics* nobody talks about, but IT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT! I love how your posts are so sincere, and show true strength. πŸ’•

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