The Mighty Daisy

Encourager | Advocate | Survivor

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Our mission is to encourage, empower, and educate women to achieve their God-given potential. 

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Audrey Clarke

Hi! I’m Audrey and I am the founder of The Mighty Daisy blog. Several years ago, I left a verbally and sexually abusive marriage. The truth is I should have left long before I actually did. I didn’t because I was so afraid I couldn’t make it on my own. I was terrified to be a single mother and really wanted my marriage to work out. 

When I was finally on my own, I was a mess. Slowly but surely, I started to remember how capable and resourceful I was, and I began to find myself again. My years married to Steve, eroded my self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth to almost nothing. As I got back on my feet, I realized how toxic and terrible my marriage was. I subjected myself to verbal and sexual abuse for years and I thought that if I could “just be who he wants,” it would stop. I didn’t want to admit what was happening to me was happening. 

I started to notice that there were some other changes in me. I was constantly anxious and I always seemed to have a knot of anxiety in my core. I would snap out of nowhere in certain situations. I dreaded the weekend for some reason I couldn’t figure out. I felt so ashamed of what I let happen to me and what had become of me. 

What really clued me into how bad my marriage was, was when I met my now husband Tom. He’s wonderful, loving, and so supportive. Now I know why it never worked with anyone else. I also know now what a healthy relationship looks like, which really shined the light on everything that I tried to hide during my marriage to Steve. This led to me falling into a depression and my feelings of guilt and shame grew exponentially. 

I decided to seek counselling and learned that what I was feeling were symptoms of PTSD from narcissistic abuse. Everything in my world all of a sudden just made sense. I started learning everything that I could about it and was fascinated that every story I came across was my story. I started to feel so much better knowing that I wasn’t the only one who had this experience in a relationship. 

Then in 2016, my worst nightmare came true. My daughter disclosed to me that she was sexually abused by my ex-husband, her father. I was devastated, but I knew that how I reacted would affect how she would heal, so I went right to work to get an attorney and fight my abuser for sole custody. No longer was a afraid of Steve and have been fighting him to present in court. 

I had so much support and encouragement from friends, family, counselors, and people I have met through various support groups that I had gotten involved with. I want to help women realize their worth, how to leave toxic and abusive relationships, and educate them on how they CAN do it, whatever the challenge may be. 

I plan to post around 1-2 times per week about various topics related to empowerment, narcissistic abuse, mental health, and other topics related. I also will be blogging about frugal living, money, and savings because I have found that finances are a lot of the reasons why women stay way too long in abusive relationships. Remember if I can do it, you CAN too!

So that is the very abridged story about me. Tell me about you! Let me know if you have any questions or comments.