CW: Suicidal ideation, sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence
Charlene joins The Now What Pod to talk about the impact that the sexual abuse she experienced as a child had on her. As a teen and adult, Charlene struggled with alcohol abuse, mental illness, and suicidal ideology. The one day, just 2 days before she planned to take her own life, everything changed. She flipped the script and was able to begin the healing process, and find her purpose.
The sexual abuse: Charlene talks about how she came to be living with her grandparents, and how the abuse at the hands of her grandfather began.
Alcohol abuse: Charlene talks about leaning on alcohol as a coping mechanism
Writing as an outlet
Suicidal ideation, attepting suicide
Domestic violence: Charlene entered into unhealthy relationships while seeking validation
Trying to outrun her problems by moving far away
Creating Happiness for herself
Insecurities as a woman and mother
Gratitude, Morning Routines, Starting your day in a clear balance
Supporting others: How can we hold space for others, allowing them to feel their feelings without trying to fix it.
Charlene Madden has admittedly spent most of her life living in a state of darkness. After experiencing over 9 years of sexualized trauma at the hands of her grandfather, a decade of domestic violence, and 3+ decades of mental illness and suicidal ideology, she was just 2 days away from taking her life when she attended a women's workshop where everything changed. She was able to take off her blinders, begin the healing process, and find her Purpose by turning her Mess into a Message of Hope, Evolution, and Transformation that she now shares with people all over the world. Charlene is a Mother of 3 amazing children, a wife, daughter, Reiki Practitioner, Women's Empowerment Coach.