By S.M.
Survivor & 
Stipend Participant

I have started working on the farm, and for the past three days I have enjoyed.  I have enjoyed being outside. I enjoy watching the horses playing in the mud rolling around.

I also get to meet positive people daily and talk and work together.

Working on the farm is peaceful, relaxing, and you can put your thoughts together and be in a positive zone. I can smell the grass, smell the air. I look up at the sky and see the worms in the ground. Working out on the farm, can make you be independent and enable you to be on your own. It makes me feel powerful and create positive friends in my life.

I feel like we can take life for granted.

I know being here is the best place for me, to get my life back on track. I know I have support from staff and some of the ladies here. I am learning a lot about myself and what I am able to do with my life.

This post is part of a series written by survivors of intimate partner abuse who are participating in the GreenHouse17 farm stipend program. Read more reflections by survivors at this link.