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Lessons Learned From Surviving Domestic Abuse, The Meaning Of My Name, And Writing With Purpose

This is a guest post by Michele Tune, one of the strongest people I know.

The other day as I was reaching for a cup for my tea, I noticed a cup I’ve had for a while. It jumped out at me. This cup was a gift from family and I think it’s neat that it has the meaning of my name.

Here it is:


Meaning Superior

Because of your talent

And high self-esteem,

You are seen as superior,

Strong and supreme.

You seem to have everything:

You’re held in awe

By many who gladly

Take your word as law.

It’s destined to be

In your future and fate

To become a great leader

Both mighty and great.

Close calls

Wow. Almost makes me feel like I could be the President—only I don’t want that job!

Seriously, though, the magnitude of what this cup says takes my breath away. I look around sometimes and can’t believe this is my life. I mean, I barely—and I do mean barely—escaped domestic violence. And since the very minute I chose life and walked away, the road to self-confidence has been uphill.

Questions of value

Once you’re beaten down so many times (both physically and mentally), you begin to believe your life is of no value—that you have absolutely nothing to contribute to this world. Well, that’s how it was for me anyway.

So, it’s ironic to me that my name represents a fate of such caliber. Can I live up to it? I don’t know, but I’ll certainly give it my best shot!

5 Tips for living up to our destiny:

1. Discover your destiny. Before you can work toward living up to it, you have to know what it is. What is your passion(s)? What were you born to do? What could you live, breathe, sleep, eat, taste – and never tire of?

2. Make it happen. Once you realize your destiny, do something about it. Don’t just sit on your talents, dreams, and goals – take action!

3. Put on an armor of steel – you’re gonna need it. Jealousy, negativity, mocking… These are just a few emotions you’ll have to war with. Suit up and go in to battle prepared to win!

4. Stay true to yourself. I received this advice when I was a child. I’ve always tried to remember it. Even when I ignored it, I knew I shouldn’t. So, don’t sell your soul to Satan – or anyone else – while en route to your destiny. Be real. Be YOU.

5. Overcome fear. One of the biggest hurdles I’ve personally had to battle is fearing success itself. Crazy, huh? It seems as I get closer and closer to reaching more and more goals and stepping in to my destiny I catch my breath and step back, facing fear and fearing success. We must overcome this in order to live up to our destiny!

Not just any writer

I’m a writer. I’m not just any writer. Some writers want to pen bestsellers that land them on an island sipping a fancy drink. I just want to reach out through whatever medium my words can break through and touch hearts.

Yes, being a rich writer to me means stirring your soul, touching your heart, giving you the hope to hang on, making you feel something – even if you’ve been numb for so long. I want my words to inspire, uplift, encourage, and leave a legacy – not of my name, but of hope.

What does your name mean? Do you know? What do you feel your destiny is? What are your dreams, goals? What kind of legacy do you want to leave? What will you do to ensure that it’s left?

About The Author:

Michele Tune (aka Raw Juice Girl) is a freelance writer and blogger. She’s a survivor of domestic violence, has battled many health problems, lost over 100 pounds, and strives to be an inspiration to others. She shares health tips, delicious recipes and most importantly, her heart.  Stop by www.healingwithjuices.com and say hi. She promises to make you feel at home.

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  • Amy Harrison June 30, 2010, 4:31 am

    Inspiring post Michelle, and I’ve just been on to your website and seen your before and after photos. You are certainly Strong and Supreme!

    Keep writing and touching our hearts. 🙂

    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl June 30, 2010, 10:01 am

      Hi, Amy!

      Thank you so much for reading my guest post. I’m very honored that Josh allowed me this opportunity. I think he’s a WAY cool guy, who is very strong and brave–and I look up to a LOT! 😀

      And I’m also honored by your kind words about my before and after photos. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      I will most certainly continue writing and do my very best to touch hearts.

      Thanks, Amy!


  • Giulietta Nardone June 30, 2010, 6:27 am

    Hi Michele,

    I’m glad you found your destiny to inspire others! Hooray … My name means youthful! and I am. I try to keep my inner child alive no matter what my chronological age.

    My destiny? To encourage folks to live their lives with gusto. You only have one. Make it your own.



    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl June 30, 2010, 10:32 am

      Hi, Giulietta!

      Yes, I’m so glad I found my destiny as well! 🙂

      I love that your name means youthful. I try to keep my inner child alive, too. SO fun, isn’t it? hehe

      Your destiny ROCKS! Yes, we have to make it our own. Keep up the great work!

      And you’re most welcome.

      As I mentioned above, I’m SO very honored to be making an appearance here. 😉


  • Boris Bachmann June 30, 2010, 9:40 am

    Very inspiring.

    Josh, the http://www.healingwithjuices.com link isn’t working – I think it’s a http vs. www thing.

  • Josh Hanagarne June 30, 2010, 9:43 am

    Michele, thanks for slumming over here. You are a great writer and I’m proud to know you.

    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl June 30, 2010, 10:56 am

      Hey, Josh!

      I’m SO very honored (as I mentioned to Amy, above) that you’ve allowed me this awesome opportunity to share a piece of my heart and soul with your amazing readers. I think you’re super strong and brave. You’re also a great writer and I’m proud to know you too, Josh! 😀


      • Josh Hanagarne June 30, 2010, 12:38 pm

        Michele, your opinion of me is too high. I’m going to do something horrible to bring you back down to earth. Be on the lookout:)

  • Lori (JaneBeNimble) June 30, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Hey Michelle!
    Great to see you over here in Josh’s hood.
    You’re a stellar writer and inspiration — I enjoyed this post.

    Since you asked, my name in British English is translated as a motor vehicle used to transport cargo (i.e., in lorry).
    Me as a legacy? Well, as long as my parts are recycled in the end, I suppose that’s what is most important to me. 😉
    Great post!

    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl June 30, 2010, 9:51 pm

      Hi, Lori!

      Wow. That’s a neat name translation. 😉

      So glad you mainly just want to make sure the parts are recycled, though! hehe

      Thanks for sharing, Lori, and for chiming in. You’re quite the inspiration yourself!


  • Daisy June 30, 2010, 6:39 pm

    My bloggy name is a flower, and it can be short for Margaret. But my real name… I’ve been told it means brave, strong, and outgoing.

    Some days I’d rather stick to flowering!

    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl July 1, 2010, 6:47 am

      Hi, Daisy!

      Well, one of my all-time favorite flowers is the daisy. I love the name, the white petals–everything! 😀

      And I love what your real name means!

      Flowering is nice, though.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂


  • Heather July 1, 2010, 6:51 pm

    Hey hot chick, you just scored another fan! Michelle is my middle name! YOU ROCK! 🙂

    • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl July 2, 2010, 2:34 pm

      Hot chick? Oh my! You’ve made me blush! 😉

      Coolness on Michelle being your middle name. Nice to meet ya! And I’m SO honored that you’ve enjoyed the post, and that you’re a new fan. Yahoo!!!!