For the past few years, I’ve shared my story openly about my very worst day: believing the lie that I was a burden on my family, reading my Bible in a hotel room while writing my suicide notes, and eventually trying to end my life.
But my story doesn’t end there. A suicide attempt is actually where my story begins. In a way, I did die that day, but in so many other ways, trying to kill myself actually lead to a personal rebirth. I was finally able to see myself and embrace my wounds. I learned to set boundaries for the first time in my life. I ended or healed my codependent relationships. I learned how to ask for help and admit when I wasn’t okay. Eventually, I was able to reimagine faith again. And after intense therapy, my marriage became the healthiest it’s ever been.
Here’s what I’ve learned: the acknowledgement of our wounds leads to the most authentic version of healing. Because we live in a polarized either/or culture, it’s easy to believe that admitting dark truths will invalidate our greatest hopes, but it’s not true. I intentionally share my story in a way that informs the reader that deep sadness and intense healing can coincide - one doesn’t invalidate the other.
2020 will be my busiest year yet, as both an author and a speaker. I have some international speaking scheduled, and two manuscripts due - one in May and one in October. So I’ll be taking a back seat to blogging, and I’d love to give you the chance to drive!
If you’d like to share your story, simply respond to the following seven questions, and submit your responses via email to email@example.com. Your total submission should be between 600-900 words, and fully edited before being sent. If chosen, I’ll help you with minor edits for clarity, but I don’t have time to do full edits of any one piece.
Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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