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Survivor Vignette: Wisdom from PB

May 06, 2019 6 Comments

One of the greatest pleasures we’ve had here at BRANDED is the opportunity to work with artisan PB for almost two years now. She is one of the longest hires we’ve had, and this woman is not only an amazing artisan but also an unspeakably impressive individual. Her life has been riddled with great darkness as well as great light. The depths of loss she has endured and the courage she has found inspire us daily. We’d love for you to get to know her a little too. May you enjoy our interview with this powerful and humble young woman. Thank you, PB, for sharing a bit of yourself with us. And congratulations on almost two years of excellent work!!

 

Question 1: You’ve accomplished so much over the past two years here at BRANDED: getting into college, buying a car, getting to spend time with your son again, getting your own apartment. How does it feel for you each time you accomplish your next goal?

PB: It almost seems surreal, like it’s not really happening... ‘cause I never imagined any of this happening.

 

Question 2: So much of your story involves living without things of your own and having your independence taken away. What would you say is the material possession you are most grateful for now that you have accomplished a great deal of independence?

PB: My favorite is my car! I named her Tuli, after tulips, because the car makes me think of tulips! Honestly, having a car is the ultimate freedom for me. I can go where I want, when I want. I’m not dependent on others so much. I never knew if I would be able to have that freedom again. No more bus line! My favorite place to drive is on country back roads! I like to roll the windows down and listen to music.

 

Question 3: One thing that seems common for humans to do when life gets really hard is to give up, give in or make excuses. You don’t seem to do that. You’re like the energizer bunny. What’s your secret?

PB: (With a sneaky grin) I hide it very well.

 

Question 4: What motivates you most while you’ve pursued all your achievements

PB: More than anything, my ultimate goal has always been to have my son back with me. He is the reason I do everything. He’s my motivation and my ultimate goal.

 

Question 5: When you have a dark day or a moment where hopelessness seems really big, what do you do to get through?

PB: Usually if I’m having a really dark time, I will turn on really loud music and burn incense… I love nag champa. The music is usually Evanescense, Flyleaf or Lauren Daigle.

 

Question 6: What is the best part of your life right now?

PB: My son, always. My car and my apartment. I love that the apartment is mine; I finally have a place of my own. I can go home, lock the door behind me, and not worry about anybody else.

 

Question 7: What is one thing you have not yet achieved that you are excited to continue to pursue?

PB: My degree in social work! And my minor in criminal justice. And finally getting my son living with me again, at least some of the time.

 

Question 8: In five years, what is one more thing you’d like to accomplish?

PB: Either working at End Slavery Tennessee or Restore NYC, or somewhere in the anti-trafficking field. And I really want to make sure my son is moved in with me by then.  

 

Question 9: Let’s say someone is reading this who is in a very hard place - a place they do not think will ever change. Is there any one thing you would like to say to them?

PB: If you’re in a dark place, like I’ve been, the biggest thing is to reach out. Extend that hand. Let someone inspire you. Don’t be embarrassed for needing help, because there’s nothing embarrassing about it. There are trustworthy people out there, and you’ve got to learn to accept their help. Don’t block good people out. Basically, if your head is telling you no, but you feel in your heart that you’ve met someone who can help... take it! Ignore your head and follow your heart. Go get that help.




6 Responses

Naomi
Naomi

May 10, 2019

PB I also have a bracelet given to me made by you. I wear it every day and always think about how you are doing. I feel connected, like a sister we’ve never met and don’t need to, just knowing energy is passed between us in only love is enough. I’m so happy for your success and your answer to the last question may just help someone very dear to me as I just sent it to her. Thank you xo

Patti
Patti

May 07, 2019

Thank you for your honest sharing with us. I am praying that you soon will be in a position to have your son living with you most of the time.

Kristina
Kristina

May 07, 2019

PB, I have a bracelet you made. I wear it everyday and pray for you and everyone caught in human trafficking. You are such an inspiration, I hope my two girls are as strong as you.

Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson

May 07, 2019

PB, this is so like God to have this interview pop up today. I was just thinking about you last night and wanting to reach out to you to see how you are doing, if the oils were helpful, and if you needed any more. You were obviously in my heart for a reason. Thinking of you and praying for you. Please reach out soon if I can be of further help to you or if any of the other ladies are wanting to give your oil advice a try.

Kim
Kim

May 07, 2019

PB I wore a pair of earrings you made yesterday. They are some of my favorites. They are the silver rectangle with the dangling gold circle. I’m so thrilled for you, and wish you all the best. You are such an inspiration! Thank you Kim

Pat
Pat

May 07, 2019

This morning when I was getting ready for work, I put on my bracelet that you made. Didn’t know why it called to me today…and 8 even polished it which I hadn’t done since I got it about a year ago. Then, I just saw this article about you…wow! Stay strong…from one PB to another:)

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