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Such an Outpouring!

Posted July 8, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

cropped-Lake-Lure-NC-6.jpgOn Saturday, I made a special announcement on my blog. If you missed it, check it out here. I am days away from departing on a solo, cross country bicycle tour to help women who suffer from PTSD. 

Before Saturday, I had only shared my plans with 12 people who I could trust to support my plans. They may not understand why or how I would accomplish such a difficult task, but they understand me. 

But, Saturday I went public with my dream. That’s risky, because everyone has an opinion and don’t mind sharing it. I was expecting those types of responses but, I haven’t gotten a single one so far.

What I got instead was a barrage of comments, notes, phone calls, text messages, emails telling me how much my dream has inspired them. I had countless women email me and open up about the horror they suffer through silently. Until they read my blog post, they thought no one cared, and no one could help them.

Though admittedly, I’ve wanted to ride across country in the past, this is so much bigger than me. It’s bigger than PTSD, the fear bulldog wearing eyeglasses sleeping over a good novelwomen face or even the violent assault we endured. This is a long ride on the Road to Freedom

My New Book Has a Name!

Author Beth Vogt and I have been brainstorming for a while about a title. Thanks to her, I now have one for the book I’ll be writing as I travel:

Breakaway: Leave the Pain Behind and Embrace Your Dreams

That’s what I want each woman to do who has been imprisoned by the terror of PTSD. I want them to overcome… and to become all they were destined to be long before their peace was stolen from them.

It really is possible to get beyond the attack and live a normal life again. You can break away from the shackles that have held you back. 

This week, I’m on countdown. I have a few logistics to work out before I climb onto Dakota (my Waterford touring bicycle) and take to he open road. I’m still ironing out where I’ll actually start from. The weather where I’ve been training for three months has been riddled with almost constant rain. Very unusual weather pattern. I could start from here, but it certainly wouldn’t be a fun way to start a cross country journey.

I’ll either be leaving at the end of this week, or the first part of next week. I need your help. Here’s how:

Please follow my blog as I bring you with me down the Road to Freedom. If you are one who suffers from PTSD or have survived a violent assault, please know that I carry YOUR torch!

Help me get the word out. Share this with those who follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media. Feel free to use any photos I publish on my blog or on social media. Just identify me and my cause.

Write to me. Tell me your story. I’ll maintain your confidence. I want to encourage you. Remember, we’re in this together.

Facing Fear Cover FINAL 6-9-13Buy my current book released on Amazon: Facing Fear and Finding Freedom. Tell others about it.

Let me know if you would like for me to speak to your woman’s group. I can work my trip around any location in the mid to upper US. 

Pray for me. I want to connect with as many women across the country as I possibly can. Together, I’ll help them take back their lives.

I look forward to our journey. Thank you all for being my friends and faithful supporters. I will never be able to return the blessing to Cyclortouringthe degree you have blessed me.

Remember, Life is too short to not live it to its fullest. Your dream is too important to remain unlived.  God bless.

Do you have a dream? Are you living it? What’s stopping you? Share it here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My New Facing Fear and Finding Freedom Book is Out!

Posted June 10, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

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I’m so excited to announce that my latest book, Facing Fear and Finding Freedom, has just released and is available on Amazon. It has been an exciting ride to author a book that I know will help others move beyond fear and find the freedom they desire to live their dreams.

Why I wrote the book

I talk to people all the time about their dreams. In fact, I’m notorious for talking to hundreds of strangers about their goals in a crowded airport or restaurant. After years of coaching others to success, I realized two key facts that influence the outcome:

 

  1. Daring to Dream: believe it or not, most people in the world don’t have a dream. They just routinely stumble through a mundane life without anything to hope for or a goal to work toward.
  2. Fear Stops Them: If they dare to dream, they are stopped dead in their tracks when fear comes. And fear does always show up at some point.

I’ve felt it. I’m sure you have, too. Contrary to what most people think, fear really is a GREAT thing. We’re just wired to think it’s harmful and are conditioned to run from it. In Facing Fear and Finding Freedom, I show you what fear is and what it isn’t.

It is possible to harness that fear and use its energy to propel you forward. It’s an endless supply of power that sharpens your senses and releases your creativity. In short, fear is your friend. Then why do we spend so much time and effort trying to avoid it? Two reasons:

  • We’re taught to avoid any situation where we are afraid. We’re conditioned to run from those situations that produce feelings of fear. We’re led to believe those situations are dangerous. And some of those situations are, but the overwhelming majority of them aren’t. 
  • Your body is trying to reach homeostasis. God designed our bodies to remain in a state of peace and balance. When you feel fear, your body naturally tries to get rid of it to get back to that balanced state. Unless we recognize that and retrain our minds, we’ll automatically run in the opposite direction when we feel the fear.

Fear really is a good thing. It may not be comfortable but it is your friend. When it comes to living your dream, fear can be the best weapon you have. It’s free. It’s automatic and it will always be there for you. 

If you could take the fear you feel and convert it to a powerful force, what would that be worth to you? Check out Facing Fear and Finding Freedom on Amazon. Fear is a gift. Unwrap it and start using it to live your dreams today!

How do you feel about fear? When it hits, what do you normally do? Share it here!

 

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