Keysha Lleras is a victim of domestic violence. That’s the tough part of her journey. The beautiful part is that she is no longer a victim. She was able to break the cycle and now wakes up feeling safe, for herself and her daughter, with an attitude of gratitude. Keysha grew up in the Bronx and was married young. The signs of an abuse didn’t start for many years, and when they did, they were in the form of a controlling nature until they became physical. Keysha is such a giving person. The reason she decided to become public with her story is to help others, as you can imagine sharing something this personal can be both difficult and dangerous. This interview will resonate with those of you who feel stuck, trapped or unable to make tough decisions to move your lives forward. And if you do suffer from domestic abuse, please reach out and we’ll direct you to some resources that may be able to help.
Today we talk about:
- Growing up in the Bronx – watching the New York Marathon as a little girl
- Getting married young to her high school sweetheart
- The insidious signs of domestic violence: how they started and progressed
- Feeling like a hypocrite as she worked at the Department of Child Protective Services
- How her daughter gave her new strength and perspective on her situation
- Breaking the cycle of domestic violence: How Keysha finally left her relationship
- The role of running in finding her Strength
- Keysha’s life today and her goal of creating a new job as a “Running Therapist”
Keysha says, “Do what makes you happy no matter how hard it is.” I think the trick to answering this statement is to actually take the time, clear your mind, and ask yourself, “What makes me happy? Right now – today – in my life – what makes me happy?” What literally fills your soul to that point of bubbling when you have a physical response to happiness? If you can answer that question, you have accomplished something right there. If you really want to make some progress, here’s the next question, “Is what I’m doing in my life aligned with what makes me happy?” Sometimes it simply takes a shift in the way you perceive your own priorities. Sometimes it takes a friend or family member to tell you something you may not want to hear. Sometimes it just takes a big dose of bravery to make that leap and move your life FORWARD!
Domestic abuse is not an easy or light topic to discuss. I give Keysha so much credit for sharing her journey in the hopes that it may help others. Thank you for connecting, listening and sharing this podcast with the people who you think need to hear it. It means the world to me. All right everyone, you know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!