Today we discuss the courage to overcome abuse.


In October 1981 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a “Day of Unity” for those combatting and advocating against violence against women and children. Soon after, the Day of Unity became a full week also devoted to mourning victims that had died at the hands of domestic violence as well as celebrating those that have survived.

In 1989, October was designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is exactly why I felt that our first show of the month should be dedicated to this very topic. There is a lot of abuse and violence taking place in our nation as we speak, whether it’s happening in our communities, in politics, or within our very own homes. It’s time for us all to take a stand and learn how to prevent and end domestic violence.

My guest, Rosie Aiello, was trapped in an emotionally, mentally, and financially abusive relationship for nearly 25 years. She shares her powerful story of engineering an international escape from the Middle East to save both her and her daughter from domestic violence. Rosie shares her inspiring message along with tips for recognizing warning signs, setting boundaries, and overcoming fears to get unstuck from an unhealthy, unhappy, or dangerous relationship.


We Discuss:

  • How our country continues to become more polarized and divided every day
  • Discovering practical solutions to implementing more creativity and harmony in our lives
  • Becoming conscious of the stories that we tell ourselves and learning to live from the present
  • Rosie Aiello’s personal journey of domestic violence and how she was able to escape
  • Learning how to pay attention to the warning signs and acknowledge what doesn’t feel right
  • Examples of emotional abuse in relationships that are often times very subtle and unnoticed
  • Setting necessary boundaries and learning how to ask for help and support from others
  • Why denial plays such a big role in keeping people feeling stuck in an abusive relationship
  • Gaining awareness of an abuser’s patterns and behavior changes or lack thereof
  • Steps for overcoming fear, ending our excuses, and finding the courage to believe in ourselves
  • Regaining our freedom and reclaiming who we really are after experiencing the traumas of abuse


There’s nothing like your freedom. There’s nothing like reclaiming who you really are.”  –  Rosie Aiello


About Rosie:

Trapped in an emotionally, mentally, and financially abusive relationship for nearly 25 years, Rosie Aiello engineered an international escape from the Middle East to save her daughter and herself from domestic violence.

Stunned by PTSD and nearly mentally destroyed, she reinvented herself since arriving back in the United States, started her own business, and became a speaker, best-selling author, and an international awarding-winning entrepreneur.

Rosie helps women worldwide reclaim their voice, worth, confidence, and courage so that they can create a joyful, productive, and prosperous life that they deserve.

Rosie and her daughter Sunny are sharing their powerful story of escape, healing, and freedom in their upcoming memoir called: 11 Hours to Freedom.

They are founders of the Love is Kind Network and the Love is Kind Movement, a group on Facebook with the mission to create a global movement to help 1 million + women and their children free themselves from this insidious abuse and to teach them that they deserve to be treated with kindness. 

They are the founders of the National Love is Kind Day, July 27th, a day to recognize freedom from abuse (the day they got theirs), and to raise awareness that real Love is Kind, Not Terrorizing.

Rosie believes that the terms Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence do not reflect what truly is going on behind closed doors; that’s why she calls it: Family Terrorism.

Rosie knows a thing or two about terrorism having lived for a couple of decades in the Middle East experiencing first hand political and military terrorism.

But, she also experienced terrorism in her own home.  She is now on a mission to end Family Terrorism.

“When women are released of the shackles of abuse and terror in their own homes, they can create a joyful, productive, and prosperous life that they deserve.”

Rosie holds an MBA in finance and certifications in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), Life Coaching, Executive Coaching, Time Dynamics, and Cultural Detective, an intercultural communication system.


I want you to tell yourself every day, ‘I deserve to be treated with kindness. I deserve to create a joyful life. I don’t have to live like this anymore.’ Your life is more important than anything. I want you to start saying those mantras every single day because the first thing you need to do is really start believing in yourself. I believe in you.”  –  Rosie Aiello


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