If you’ve been following my blog over the recent months since it’s inception you may have read that I have been using the pen name of Amelia Ella Hope with which to write and share my story. I made the decision when I began this blog to use a pen name in order to protect myself and to allow myself greater freedom to be completely open, honest and true in what I’m wanting to share with you. ( If you would like to read more about this decision click here . )
Over the recent days and weeks, however, I have felt increasingly more uncomfortable with the fact that I am using a pen name. I have felt that in doing so that I am in a great way denying a key part of the truth of who I am.
Being in my truth and speaking my truth is not only the fundamental basis and core value of my blog and writing but also of who I am as an individual being. And so, I have decided to discontinue using my pen name.
My decision to do this, and to continue to write my blog in my real name, is more than just a matter of how I sign off each blog entry. It is my way of reclaiming back my full truth, voice and freedom of expression which I have been working so hard to claim back after many years of suppression as a result of my abuse.
In speaking out through the voice of who I really am, I am not only reclaiming back my full voice, truth, integrity but also my right to exist without shame, without fear, or without the need to protect others from who I really am.
I am letting go of the need to hide myself in order to protect myself and protect others.
It is now not only safe but also right for me to embrace my life and the full truth of who I am…. and this is who I am:
I am Sophia Grace…… and it’s really nice to meet you.
(Sophia is pronounced So-fire…not so-fea as is commonly used these days). …
So I look forward to continuing now to share with you my journey in my full voice and truth.
Before I do so, I just want to reiterate and reassure you that only the names used in my blog to date have ever been changed to protect myself and my family. Everything else that I have written about me and my experiences has always been unchanged and completely honest, open and true.
As you flick through the blog you will notice older posts, videos and recordings that will for now, and maybe forever, still remain as being signed off in my pen name. But as of today I look forward to signing out in my real name as we continue our journey together.
Take care until next time