The Washington Times CommunitiesBringing awareness to issues historically overlooked or misunderstood is an ongoing, roadblock-filled journey. As a blogger and author, I understand the limitations of outreach and realize not everyone is going to “get it” upon first read or even multiple reads. Heck, some of us didn’t “get it” even after being literally punched in the face with the facts! The only thing I can do and will do is continue to write, share, research and share some more.

Last week I was notified that I have been selected as a new column writer/content contributor for The Washington Times online Communities. I feel it’s a definite step toward reaching an even greater audience and spreading awareness of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse and how personality disorders (and sociopaths) are at the root of much of the abuse inflicted upon the victims. I also intend to share even more healing approaches I have used and others have shared in our blogs, comments, and stories. This column will be an opportunity to share OUR stories and OUR blogs and put an even greater dent into an otherwise ignored, destructive and emotionally debilitating personal and social issue.

If you are unfamiliar with The Washington Times Communities, check it out! My profile has not been added, yet, but I will let everyone know as soon as it is. I will be provided with a snazzy and official-looking badge to add to my blog, which should help increase my credibility and the credibility of all the blogs I reference and sources I quote and share.

My column will be included in the Health & Science category with the title Living Inside Out Loud and the tagline “Connecting to our emotional, physical, and mental health one story at a time.”

The following is the proposed description I sent to my editor today for review (it’s surreal to think I have a real editor to work with, someone who will help me to improve my writing and research abilities so even more people might “get it!”):

“Ms. Carrasquillo is passionate about sharing her experiences and learning from others. Through her writing, Ms. Carrasquillo attempts to make the connection between our health (mind and body) and our everyday lives and choices. She infuses yoga, meditation, and mindfulness into her work and hopes her stories and articles spark reader interest and curiosity to study and research beyond what her column can provide. She believes learning begins from within and that knowledge should be shared out loud.”

Thanks to all of my blog followers, book reviewers, and comment providers for making this possible. I am sure these were all factors that the editors considered as they deliberated and made their final decision to invite me to write for them.

Namaste!

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  1. Congratulations! That’s amazing. Im sure you will be amazing! Kat 🙂

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  2. Congratulations 🙂

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  3. Woohooooooo! Congratulations Paula, this is awesome news, I am so excited, you are going to reach so many people who are wondering what the hell is going on- simply phenomenal for you my dear, I am so proud to blog with you! Much love and best wishes, namaste

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  4. This is absolutely amazing. What I love is that you put yourself, your experiences, your insights out into the world with the absolute best of intentions- and this is the deserving result. I know I speak for many when I say that your work has helped me understand and form a different perspective on some issues, so thank you. What a wonderful opportunity.

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  5. “It’s empowering, and that’s the point of awareness.”

    that’s it exactly Paula. –
    and congrats on your new embarkation.

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  6. Paula, this is very exciting!Am so pleased that you have drawn such great attention for this cause.

    I hope that over time I may be of help to you…I’m sure that each of us feels inadequate to the task, but I have seen that each one’s story has a value that comes from personal experience…we can’t make this stuff up you know!

    Kiddo!
    Gert

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    • Absolutely! I’m going to need all of the help I can get. I’m taking a little vacation from things next week but plan to return around the 12th with my first article. The column will help pay for yoga and my son’s karate lessons. Other than that, I’m doing it because I’ve experienced so much fulfillment with what I’ve shared so far, I don’t want to stop. I anticipate good things. I’m just really excited and not quite sure what to expect. Thank you, Gert, for supporting me. It means a lot. 🙂

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  7. Paula, Congratulations!!! That’s awesome!!! 🙂

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  8. Congratulations, Paula! It’s so terrific you have turned your experience into a way to shine a light on these abusers. Kudos to you!

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  9. How wonderful for you, and all victims. Your voice is so strong, surely it will add a significant amount to the community.

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  10. i am sooo excited for you!! congrats!

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  11. This also gives me so much hope that the terms sociopath/psychopath/narcissist will be given some credibility. I just learned about these disorders myself, thought he was just “crazy,” but couldn’t figure out the chaos that he created and why…

    I was in a state of confusion until I just started sorting it all out via my own blog/facebook (barely 3-weeks now!) and I am still very careful not to say these words (sociopath/psychopath) out loud to many people, because I don’t want to be viewed as a “crazy” person myself….

    I am so happy that these issues are going out into the mainstream community, because now the “victims” will have some credibility, and all thanks to you Paula!

    Lynna

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    • Lynna,
      Thank you for this comment. Being able to define what has happened or is happening to us allows us to stop flailing and appearing crazy to people who have never experienced this type of abuse. It’s empowering, and that’s the point of awareness. 🙂

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  12. Paula, This is HUGE! I am so happy happy happy for you…I would put a happy face emoticon here, but don’t know how to do that, so will do this instead…: ): ): ): ): ): )

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