This Letter Was Brought to my Attention Anonymously…

Real Life Celebrity Right in Our Own Community

How did a local wife and mother of two go from rags to riches? By being an inspiration to others. That is it. She doesn’t have any fancy degrees or held high profile jobs. She is just a wife and mother that has survived extraordinary circumstances.

The key to her success is that she took her tragic life experiences and has used them to empower her community. She started by facilitating support groups and volunteering at local organizations and then she started getting paid to do public speaking about her life. This one event alone has changed her family’s financial situation for the better for the first time in her almost forty years of life.

Who would have known that Angela was never able to stand in front of her speech class in high school due to her fear and anxiety? The difference is that now she is talking about her life and using that to help her community. She truly believes in what she is saying. She laughs and cries with us as she is talking. She has so much passion and compassion that she is a true inspiration to all.

Is she rich yet? No, probably not by your standards; but she feels rich by hers. She is a true local celebrity and she certainly deserves whatever income that comes her way. She suffers and goes without a lot of things for her community.

This is a story of a woman that couldn’t afford to feed her own family, but when friends and family needed help, she was the first one to offer. She couldn’t do a lot financially, but her home was always open to anyone that needed support.

Angela has overcome so much adversity in her lifetime and when she was hit with severe depression a while ago, she realized what her life calling was. She was put here to use her tragedies to help others get through their own. She was born to help others and nothing makes her happier.

Look her up. She has a Facebook page where she keeps track of all of her meetings and stuff. That will explain more about the types of things that she has been through. https://www.facebook.com/Frapsfamilyrelationshipsandpersonalsituations

Her name is Angela Godbout and her (unofficial) name of her site is: FRaPS: Family, Relationships and Personal Situations. She also runs a blog from the same name. If and when you run into her somewhere, please stop and introduce yourself. Let her know how much her work is appreciated. She may cry, but they will be tears of joy.

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Press Release

New Life Calling Inspires Many

 

Angela Godbout Connects Victims with Survivors and Hope

 

February 15th, 2013   A Readfield, ME wife and mother of two has launched herself and her life into the public eye as a way to help others around the world.

 

Angela uses online scheduling, blogging and marketing to set up support groups, giving advice and to do public speaking. She has overcome so much in her life that she is a complete inspiration to others. Some of the subjects that she is known for consist of:

 

  • Sexual abuse
  • Suicide Survivor
  • Raising a child with special needs
  • Having a spouse with a disability
  • Raising a child that wasn’t hers
  • Overcoming financial hardships

 

Angela Godbout, public speaker, support group facilitator, volunteer and all around inspiration to all, says she started her service because she truly believes that helping others is her life calling.

 

“It was a very sad day when I realized just how many people are out there in need of inspiration and encouragement. When life had thrown me some major curve balls and I fell into a severe depression it really opened my eyes as to how much I had endured in my lifetime and how telling my story could give hope to so many. Teaching self-esteem to children and watching them get stronger with each class is a small miracle in itself.”

 

A Voice with a Difference

 

Angela is in a place in her life that nothing matters more to her than helping children and adults to get through the toughest of times. She has so much insight on so many different subjects. Bullying and school shootings are things that should never happen. She knows that it all starts at home and she advises on ways to help raise respectful children.

 

What makes Angela different from others that have overcome adversity? The fact that she has not only overcome one or two tragic situations, but she has prevailed so many. No matter where or when you meet her, you will be greeted with a smile on her face and a strong positive attitude. She is genuinely happy to help people in any way that she can.

 

Angela believes in the old saying that “everything happens for a reason” and with what she has been through, I find this quite remarkable.

Warning Signs of Bullying

This post was copied from http://www.stopbullying.gov and I thought that it was so perfect that I didn’t want to change a thing. Please visit their website for a whole lot of great information on bullying. 🙂

Warning Signs

Teacher meeting with parent and studentThere are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem. Get help right away.

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Statistics from the 2008–2009 School Crime Supplement show that an adult was notified in only about a third of bullying cases. Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

Support Group Poll Topics

I am throwing you all a poll to see which topics will be the most popular to start with. Then we will determine how often we will all want to "meet". Please take a moment to fill out the poll and also share it with anyone that you think may be interested.

If you do not see a topic listed, please feel free to write one in, along with any other info that you would like me to have. Thank you.

Support Group Topic Poll

Why Some People are Bullies…

This is the big question, isn’t it? Why do they bully? Why am I the target? Why couldn’t their parents put an end to it before they turned so BAD? So many questions, and unfortunately there isn’t enough answers available to go around.

Is bullying something you are born with? NO.

Could a person stop bullying? YES

Can a person that is being bullied, some day turn into a bully themselves? YES

Bullying is a LEARNED behavior. It is not a disease. And it does not only apply to children. Grown adults can be bullies and be bullied as well. Is there anything that we can do about it as parents or as a community? ABSOLUTELY!

I feel very strongly about this. There is help out there and it isn’t in a pill form. I will say this one more time, bullying is not a disease, it is a learned behavior.

I wish that I could claim to cure bullying in the world and all will be well, but that is not even practical. But if I can help one person that is a bully or is being bullied, then at least I will feel like I have done something.

People die from being bullied. Bullying in one form or another is one of the leading causes of suicide. Did you know that?

Can I cure bullying? NO

Can I set someone in the right direction and help them along their way? YES

I can’t cure anything on my own. It takes work from both sides, but I can be here to guide you. I want to help. I think I was put on this earth to do just that. Nothing makes me happier than helping someone either by just listening or sharing my own experiences or whatever else that particular individual may need or want.