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Author and Resilience Expert Shares Lessons Learned after Overcoming Seven Years of Horrific Abuse and Incest by Her Father
ATLANTA, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not what happens to you in life that is most important. What is most important is who you become because of it according to Ria Story, author of Bridges Out of the Past: A Survivor's Lessons on Resilience
"Ria's vulnerability and larger than life attitude is magnetic. She is not just a survivor but a woman that thrives, as evidenced by her courage to live out her dreams in spite of what she endured," said Debi Markland, Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank.
Story was recently invited to deliver a powerfully inspiring TEDx talk where she shared her horrific #MeToo story and how she learned not only to survive, but also to thrive in spite of her past. On February 9th and 10th, 2018, Story will facilitate a resilience workshop for women based on Bridges Out of the Past near Atlanta, GA.
"I am using your material to empower myself and my female clients. Thanks for sharing your story and a wonderful journey of growth," said therapist Sue Quigley.
"My father began sexually abusing me when I was 12 years old. It progressed as I got older, to the point of forcing me to play the role of his wife and sharing me with others. I left home at 19 to escape, leaving without a job, car, or even a high school diploma. Yes, we are changed by what happens to us in life. But, we decide how," said Story.
This message is resonating. Story received the following review from Madeleine Black, author of "Unbroken": "Ria…is full of hope and inspiration, and she shows us that despite experiencing horrific trauma as a young adult, that if we choose to, we can get past anything with the attitude that we bring to our life."
Speaker, Author, and Survivor Ria Story's 4 Steps to Building a Bridge Out of the Past and Into the Future:
Story says, "We can learn to overcome challenges, obstacles, and adversity in life by building a bridge out of the past and into the future." Story provides her "RISE" blueprint for building that bridge:
"I get up every day and decide to be better because of my past, instead of being bitter about it. So can you," Story remarked.
About Ria Story
Ria Story is a motivational speaker and author. Ria had a successful career in the corporate world of administrative healthcare before becoming a speaker in 2013. Ria co-founded Top Story Leadership with her husband, Mack Story. They offer keynote speaking at conferences and on-site training on leadership development, resilience, personal growth, change, communication, time management, and teamwork.
Ria has authored 10 books including Bridges Out of the Past: A Survivor's Lessons on Resilience and Leadership Gems for Women.
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