Yeeks! Hey friends! I'm so glad you're here! I’m Alyssa (pronounced Alicia—thanks Mom and Dad!)
Growing up, I was bullied ruthlessly in grade school. My parents and my sister became my only friends. I was taunted, beat up, shoved off of school buses, thrown down flights of stairs, stabbed in the knee. Of all of the physical abuse that happened, it was the verbal abuse that hurt the most. I was called name after name, told I was worthless, that I would never amount to anything and that I should kill myself on a daily basis. Physical wounds heal over time, but the verbal and emotional wounds always replay in the mind. I’ve been harassed, bullied, abused since then and one day I just said “enough.” I had had enough and I gave it all to God and asked Him to reveal how He sees me. After years of believing all the lies that other people tried to define me as, I took back my identity and gave it to Him. What He revealed to me left me crying in my bed for hours. Why couldn’t I have done this sooner? Why did I let everyone else define me and why did I believe them? Why did I hate myself so much?
The thing about God is, He doesn’t waste time. He doesn’t waste a single tear or pain. It wasn’t about regret for letting myself be treated that way, it was about what I was doing about it right now.
Everything I’ve been through brought me to this place. All of that pain and those experiences shaped me so that I can use those to help others. I want to help children and teens to never believe the lies and let themselves be treated that way.
Whether you are the one bullying, or the one being bullied, we all need each other. I’m here to listen and to show you that this is not the end of your story. You have your whole life in front of you and you are going to do great things with it. My hope is that you believe that. My prayer is that bullying will be stopped, and I believe that if we all come together, we can make it stop. I know I won’t stop trying to make this a reality.
I want every child to know they are worthy, beautiful, created for an incredible purpose. There is no one else like you and no one else that has your specific gifts that you were born with. The world needs everything that you have! Your dreams, visions, heart, words, feelings—they all matter. You matter. You have a voice and I want to help you feel empowered to find it and use it. Giving up is the birth of regret. You are worthy of thriving, confidence, happiness, your dreams. I promise you, when you believe in yourself and know who you are at your core, you can do anything. I don’t say that lightly—I mean it with every ounce of me. You. Can. Do. Anything. And you already have someone on your side: me.