The Succes Story Of Lorraine Reguly
Name: Lorraine Reguly
Your Age: 46
Question: Your Family Background *
Answer: I was the firstborn child of three. I was brought up in a fairly strict Catholic family, and I was taught to save my virginity for the man I was to marry, whoever he might be.
Question: What is your Struggle Story? *
Answer: I was raped two months before I turned 15. I was still a virgin when this happened.
This event completely devastated me.
I didn’t feel as though I could talk to anyone about what happened (this was back in the 1980s, when people didn’t really talk about such things, and so I kept silent. I know NOW that this was a mistake, because I couldn’t cope with what happened to me on my own.
In my efforts to numb myself of the emotional pain I felt as a result of this traumatic event, I turned to drugs and drinking. I also became promiscuous, looking for love in all the wrong places. I even got involved in prostitution, and degraded myself for years… just for money.
Other things that happened to me:
- I quit high school
- I tried to kill myself at age 15
- I had an abortion at age 16
- I got pregnant again at age 17
- I became a single mom at age 18
Question: When did you consider yourself a success? *
Answer: I didn’t really consider myself a success for many years, because I had an ongoing battle with depression. I had a lot of suicidal thoughts too.
After my son was born, I went back to school.
I finished my high school education and received many scholarships and awards. (I was always smart and did well in school… when I went.)
I also got some counselling, and learned some coping strategies.
I then attended university for 5 years and obtained two degrees – a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. I moved away from home and taught high school Math and English for almost 3-and-a-half years before I quit so I could return to my hometown.
I then got back into prostitution… and drugs… (prostitution paid more than teaching)… and then my son disowned me. He moved out when he was 19 and we didn’t speak for about 3 years. I spiraled downward for that first year, and ended up addicted to crack cocaine (a form of cocaine that you smoke to get high).
Then I got clean. And I stopped selling sexual services. I still struggled with depression, but I was finally on a path towards something “good.”
One day, I got really sick and almost died. This was THE BIG TURNING POINT in my life.
I realized that I didn’t want to die (despite the suicidal thoughts I had for years). I wanted to achieve some of my dreams. I also didn’t want to die without saying “goodbye” to my son.
So I found out where he worked and contacted him. We re-united, which made a positive impact on my life, and I started taking steps on my road to success as a result of reconnecting with him.
I became a blogger, then a freelance writer, then a freelance editor, then an author.
I became popular online, and when I shared a lot of my story in Rape, Drugs, and Prostitution: One Blogger’s Journey to Success, others started to see me as inspirational!
I opened my own freelancing business, Wording Well, and began making money doing things I loved. I still have this business! (Wording Well helps bloggers, writers, freelancers and other entrepreneurs, and offers 4 distinct services: 1. Writing, 2. Editing, 3. Coaching/Mentoring, and 4. Author Assistant Services.)
When I first started blogging, I shared the true story of my suicide attempt. The article ended up ranking on the first page of Google for a long time. Hundreds of people visited my website each day, looking for answers… to get out of their depression… to stop being suicidal…
I realized that I could offer these people much more help than my blog post article did, and so I wrote a book called From Nope to Hope.
And I NOW consider myself a success. Also, for the first time in my life, I am TRULY HAPPY!
Question: How do you push through your worst times? *
Answer: I use the strategies and techniques that I learned throughout the years. I revealed all of these in From NOPE to HOPE, too.
Some of these include using positive affirmations, visualization, improving your self-image, and setting goals that you can actually accomplish.
This book contains Thought and Action Exercises for the reader to do, at the end of each chapter, so that he or she can live a better, happier life… one worth living!
I used these strategies and techniques, and, as a result, I went from a suicidal mess to… a success!
Question: What are your success habits? *
Answer: My success habits include:
- Using Positive Affirmations
- Surrounding myself with positive people
- Using Meditation, the Law of Attraction, and Visualizationto get what I want out of life Being grateful for what I have.
- Using inspirational quotes and sayings to keep myself motivated (I even made some artwork/paintings to hang on my walls to help me stay focused and positive!)
Question: Your Success Mantra *
Answer: I am amazing. I am worth it. I can do anything I set my mind to. I am awesome!
Question: Your Message to the Girls *
Answer: You are not alone… even if you think/feel you are!
Talk about your problems. Tell someone about whatever trauma you endured. DO NOT TRY TO COPE WITH THINGS ON YOUR OWN. Get help!
You are amazing. You are worth it. You can do anything you set your mind to. You are awesome!
(If you don’t believe me, try using positive affirmations for a week. You’ll be impressed with how quickly your mindset can change!)
And if you have no one to talk to, and simply need a friend, contact me. I’m on Facebook a lot. You can also email me. I am here to help!