Share Your Survival Story
“We’re in This Together” Survival Stories Giveaway!
We’re working in collaboration with our local Wichita digital advertising agency, Lee Media Group, to give back together. Submit your story (anonymously) for the chance to win an Ava Said $200 gift card. We want to hear about a life lesson you’ve overcome or if you’re overcoming one currently with the pandemic. Your story could help someone else going through similar hardship AND if chosen, it could be featured on a t-shirt!
Ava Said, “I believe there is a story behind every name…a story that needs to be heard.”
Writing is therapy for healing. Whether you’ve been a victim of homelessness, depression, survived addiction, or any life crises – we invite you to submit your story and share your life lessons and your journey to empowerment.
Our goal is to let survivors know they aren’t alone in life’s struggles. Ava Said is continuously working to create resources and prevent more crises from occurring. Together, we strive and thrive! Submit your story. It could be featured on one of our products!
Sorry to Let You Go. I Needed to Love Me More.
Sometimes in our lives, we have to let go of a friendship, relationship, or family member – not because we don’t love them anymore, but because they’re not making a positive impact to our wellbeing. You learn that you need to love yourself more than the feelings you have for them. Once you prioritize the need of loving yourself more, you become you again…a better you.
I Was Your Blessing. You Were My Lesson.
I was a blessing in someone’s life when they were in a dark place, without hope and happiness. I helped change their journey for a better them – and they became my lesson for a new me. The lessons I learned were to love me first, to be loyal to my standards, and to regain my self worth.
I learned that it is not the path you walk that defines you, but the “u-turn” you make that creates a new you for a better tomorrow.
I’m a Privilege, Not an Option.
From a young age, I was taught the qualities of kindness, love, honesty, and accountability. These values would later define my self-worth to always see myself as a privilege in someone’s life. Because of these values, I understand I will never be an option. I will never be thrown away as if I didn’t exist or as if I wasn’t worth someone’s time. I will always be a privilege and treated with the respect I will always deserve.
As I was growing up, I always had a fear of the unknown, a fear of hatred, and a fear of those who wanted to see me fail. I had a fear of changing who I was and becoming someone I wasn’t.
I became fearless of the unknown, fearless of hatred, and fearless of those who wanted to see me fail. I began to understand who I was, my wants, and where I wanted to be in life. Now, I am fearless of any obstacles that come my way.
As I walk the streets, I ponder my existence, my choices, and the possibilities I could have for a better life. Depression, anxiety, drug addiction, and pain are the reasons that force me to walk the streets every day wondering if anyone cares. I see the fear on people’s faces as they judge me. They don’t know that I crave and yearn for a better me. What they don’t see is how brave I am for realizing where I am today and for the change that I want to make for a more fulfilled life and a better being. From the outside, they don’t see the bravery I hold within.