Nicole Wallace’s Story

And it’s finally here. After a bit of a hiatus with school and such I’ve finally been able to return back to @healingbrokenheartsproject.
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I present my interview with Nicole Wallace ❤️ Effected by 9/11, Nicole transparently shares how she overcame an eating disorder, was diagnosed with border line personality disorder, depression and anxiety and how she managed through the challenges she faced and continues to face throughout life. Mental Health systems are discussed along with vulnerability and the key on learning how to get through even the darkest days.
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Click to listen! 

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All Stories Have Layers – James Interviews Raiza

After listening to my story, James and I had a bit of a role reversal where he asked me questions to dig deeper into my past, my present, my strengths and weaknesses, and the reason this project began in the first place. If you haven’t already, listen to our stories before diving into another layer of our lives.

*I am grateful for all of your support! Thank you for taking the time to listen*

If you’d like to take a listen, click the link. If you’d like to be a part of my project, send me a DM! Love you guys xoxo ((You can also listen on iTunes and Spotify just search Healing Broken Hearts Project!)

Take a listen here!

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Return from the HIATUS

Hey everyone!

So its been a quiet 4 almost 5 months now. I was working on finishing my last semester of school and graduation happened in May so I had to step away from HBH project buuuut I am finally returning with a ton of updates.

I’ll be updating the blog with some things I’ve shared on Instagram and will share some podcasts that are up and finally posted.

Stay tuned! There will be some introductions to new team members soon and just content on what the next goals are for my project.

xo ❤

And so it begins… My Story

First there was a lot of worry about telling my story. Fear and worry of what others might think of me and my family but after talking to my parents about it, they reassured me that they supported me and my cause behind Healing Broken Hearts Project. What a relief haha. So with their support and James Lloyd Garnes cheering me on, I finally did it. Even though I kept stalling and tried to avoid doing this, I knew in my heart that in order to tell others stories, I had to be willing to tell my own. At least some of it.
 
I know talking to my dad and mom helped me tremendously because I didn’t want to disappoint them or share something that would make them look bad in any manner. Especially because even though our relationships were complex a decade ago, I didn’t want listeners to misunderstand that. Because both my mom and my dad are truly amazing and I am eternally grateful to have such a close relationship with them. They, along with my brother Josuan Sanchez, are my best friends ❤
 
I also wanted to mention that my story focuses on the hard times and does purposefully fail to mention the good times because during that time in my life it was difficult to see the good. Now as I look back I can see that even through the difficulties my parents provided in ways I never even realized. From my dad providing for me and walking me to school every single day up through high school to my moms thoughtfulness in everything she said and did. To my brothers consistent love. They each loved me and supported me in their own way. ❤ That and all my amazing best friends and their parents who took me in as their own adopted daughter and fed me. haha My extended family through my friends were also a huge part of my life and I couldn’t have done it without them either. So thank you! Thank you for being a part of raising me and just loving me throughout all seasons of my life. I don’t mention it in this snippet of my story but you all were a huge part of my life and brought and continue to bring so much joy, sunshine, and love.
 
Thank you Neil and DiDi and Neil , Barbara and Aj, Alyssa and Judith and Irene, Blerina, Katie, Kathy and John. Thanks for always treating me like family. And thanks to my own family for always sticking by my side even when things got a bit messy. I hope to make you all proud. ❤
 
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Reflection

One of my favorite photos! More or less a candid photo of me at a Great Gatsby themed casino dinner event.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here and it’s because I’ve been working on a lot of projects behind the scenes. Once I get some of my art completed, I most certainly will update my account.

But I wanted to take the time to just give my thanks to God for all of you always supporting me and being there throughout my journey. Love each and every one of you. My journey has taken me all the way to San Diego and far away from my home, family and friends but it’s been amazing how much I’ve grown out here and how many amazing people I’ve met throughout. I just hope to be a light to many of you out there and I hope to be able to share all that I’ve been blessed with. God has been SO amazing and good and I just wanted to take a second to share that. Some of you know my story or parts of it. A lot of heart break, hurt and struggle. So just remember that even when you’re on the bottom and you feel like you’re drowning, God has SO much more for you. ❤️ My life has been living proof of how someone can go from being in turmoil, depression, anxiety, sadness, insecurity to just true joy, happiness, and love. Confidence in my self and realization of my self worth ❤️

Thank you all for being a part of my journey and supporting me!!! So excited to be sharing all that I’ve been working on within this page and my personal page @raizanoelia . .
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Gracias a todos!! #alightinthedarkness #sograteful#shiningbright #Godisgood #greatgatsby #lovedoes#healingbrokenhearts #love #gracias

Vulnerability


  • Being vulnerable is something I have been learning because I grew up needing to have tough skin to survive. Yesterday at church I was challenged to be vulnerable. Something that just isn’t in my vocabulary and anytime I am asked to be vulnerable, I pause and cringe a bit. I am thankful that I stepped up and made the decision to be vulnerable because I was told something I needed to hear and be reminded. This morning I spent some time praying and asking God what He wanted me to do. I just hit a moment of frustration and doubt and as soft as a whisper I felt Him telling me something that I needed to hear and be reminded. Both yesterday and today I was reminded that God loved me and that all He wanted me to do was tell everyone else that He loves them too.

    So this post is to remind each and every one of you that God loves you right where you are. Your flaws, mistakes, and imperfections DO NOT MATTER! I can’t emphasize that enough. You are PERFECTLY made and He LOVES you. He loves you. HE LOVES YOU ❤

  • #vulnerability #jetaime#jadore  #iloveyou #godlovesyou#teamo #reminder#perfectlymade #tiamo #alohawauiaoe #ichliebedich#jetadore
  • James Story

    It is finally done!! So this is something I have been working on. I had the privilege of interviewing my friend James  I am grateful that he took the time out of his day to speak to me and to share a part of him and his story. I talk a lot about the importance of sharing stories and how stories have the ability to change lives, build community, connection and provide moments of realization that we are not alone in our pain and struggle AND there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Things do get better. I ask that you listen to this podcast with an open heart and an open mind. That you forgive me for the bad quality of sound in the beginning but that you stick through it because the sound does get better (It’s my first interview ever so please be nice haha)

    Here’s a description of our talk :
    “I dove into a part of my friend James story and journey in life; Drinking and driving leading to a tragic loss. James transparently discusses personal struggles, hurts, his journey of healing and what he continues to do to heal from his past and care for himself. Choosing love over fear, choosing love over negativity.”

    I pray that this resonates with a lot of you out there. That it touches your heart, inspires conversation, and creates a space and environment of hope, healing, love, and community. I hope that this inspires many of my friends and family to take the time to get to know strangers and their stories and that it gives you the courage to share your story.

    Stories change lives

    And if you’d love to be a part of this project and share your story, message me!

    xo

    Take action

    I was out exploring Seattle for a couple of days and learned a valuable lesson by a stranger I befriended named Alex. We sat down and had breakfast together and started chatting about homelessness. Opinions on how to combat an issue that is very apparent in our country. He looked at me and gave me the simplest answer to solving a lot of issues in our society and community. He looked at me and simply said “Action.” I was hoping to get some long response. I assumed that solving varying degrees of issues both complex and simple merited some well thought out solution and during this conversation at breakfast I realized that the solution is very simple. How many times do we hear any amount of people, politicians, business owners, every day people state they want to make a difference, make a change in the world, and make some sort of positive impact?

    People SAY they want to do a whole lot, but who actually follows through with ACTION?

    This moment was so profound for me because my desire in life is to truly make some sort of positive change. I SAY I want to help but then when I’m offered an opportunity to help, I want to do it ON MY TERMS. I say I want to help but then explain my parameters and/or conditions on how I’m going to do it. I want to feed a hungry homeless person but then tell them it has to fall within a certain budget I’ve allocated because anything more would be a bit of a burden. (After having spent money on a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t need but really wanted)

    WOW! What this man said to me today really took me a back and made me realize, we can SAY all we want to say.

    We can wish for a better world but what’s actually going to make a difference are not our words but our ACTION!

    So I challenge you to take action today. Stop saying you want to do all these things, pursue all these dreams, make a difference or be a difference and go there and actually DO IT.

    Make the decision to stop saying and start doing. ❤️

    Photo taken by @raizanoelia