“I get to choose where I find my identity,” says Kara Robinson Chamberlain, a survivor and motivational speaker. At just 15 years old, Kara narrowly escaped a serial killer, an experience that forever changed the course of her life. After starting her career in law enforcement, Kara now inspires and educates others through her unbelievable story of survival.
In today’s episode, Kara details the actual events leading up to her kidnapping and how she was able to escape. Through her tendency to dissociate during stressful situations, she narrowed in on the minor details and ran at the first available opportunity. Although Kara’s return to everyday life was far from easy, with many people not knowing how to treat her, she was determined to move forward. Kara’s path may have been shaped by her trauma, but ultimately she is the only one who can define who she is today.
Tune into this week’s episode of The Self Love Breakfast Club for a conversation about healing and finding purpose after trauma. Learn how Kara was able to flee a terrifying situation, determine her own identity and accept that slow progress is still progress nonetheless.
- “I always found a reason. I didn’t question why this happened to me. I always felt like this happened to me and I dealt with it, you know, air quotes, ‘dealt with it,’ so well, because one day I will help one person. That’s it. That’s my goal, help one person.” (19:19-19:34 | Kara)
- “I’m so much more than that. Yeah, that’s part of my story. But it’s such a small part of my life. And I get to choose where I find my identity. And I don’t find my identity in that. I use that to refine me. And I use that to shape me and to move forward.” (20:47-21:04 | Kara)
- “We all deal with trauma in different ways. And none of it’s bad or wrong. But of course it’s something that we got to look at. We have to heal in order to really be our best self for ourselves and for others and to feel okay.” (28:58 – 29:14 | Chrystal)
- “I think that’s one of the biggest things that humans just desire, you know, besides love and feeling good enough, they want to feel seen and that’s a part of it.” (32:31-32:40 | Chrystal)
- “As long as you just keep going, you’re going to make progress. And I think in a healing journey, we can feel just so futile, right? Like, oh, it’s still not better. It’s like, well, you’re making progress.” (38:23-38:38 | Kara)
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