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Jen's Story...

There are so many reasons why I opened #BummerSheep. I needed a place like #BummerSheep when I was younger. A safe place I could have gone to.

BummerSheep means in Dutch, "Een Verloren Schaap". Where I come from, a "Bummer" is the one you don't expect to do anything special and they are often seen as the smallest or least appreciated of the group.

My name is Jenjer and I'm a #BummerSheep. I am originally from Texas and have been living in the Netherlands since 2004.I don't have fancy titles for my name. I am not rich and I do not own expensive things. So basically as far as the world is concerned, I'm nobody. However, the truth is that quite a lot of people around me think I'm strange (a big compliment) and see me more as someone who knows how this world works.

Frankly, I had a very difficult childhood and past. For most of my life, I was told (through people's words or actions) that I was never going to become anything special. I did not grow up in a healthy environment. My past is full of sexual abuse, physical and emotional trauma.

By the time I was about 20 years old I believed I was going to live a second-rate life because of everything I'd been through. I believed I was someone who could run a business but could never own that business. I believed that I would always live in a rented house because I would never become the person who could buy my own house.

When I was 23 years old I almost succeeded in a second suicide attempt. Fortunately, two wonderful people came into my life shortly afterward and showed me that there was a better way. They showed me how to fight for a better life and how to escape the mental torture of the traumas in my past. I have learned from them for many years. Thanks to them I finally escaped my past and changed my future!

And now? Dude, I know my self worth!!! I am not forgotten! I am loved, I am special and very VERY important! Determined to change my destiny, I have fought hard for the past twenty-five years to find a better life and to escape my past. And now? #HotChickyDay I am so very happy with my life. It hasn't been easy but it was worth it. How did I manage it? I refused to GIVE UP! The world we live in will bring you to your knees and if you don't know how to fight back this world WILL break you, the same way it almost broke me.

Now so many years later, I opened #BummerSheep to help others find their way back.

We are all perfect in our imperfections.

You are same kind of different as me, and you are no less than others!!!!

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