10-year challenge pic. Left is Nov. 2008, right is Jan. 2019. Same kid in both pics. :-) Stronger, fitter, leaner, happier on the right. I was still with my abusive ex in the left pic, (left March 2009 - that’s a big 10-year anniversary coming up) and I wasn’t really doing anything for myself that made me happy.
Leaving was the best and hardest thing I ever did for myself. I thought I had no-one to help me, and it’s true that I had no family over here which did make things a lot more difficult, but I underestimated my friends, and I was lucky to have just started work at an amazingly supportive workplace three weeks before it all hit the fan.