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A New Beginning

a new beginning

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Livonne was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time and at a loss as to what the future held for her. Livonne returned to college three years ago to study photography to complement the blog she writes about her life. When she was very young, she escaped the trauma of her childhood by retreating to fantasy. The Magic Faraway Tree was her main escape. She now finds that same sense of peace by creating fantasy pieces and enjoys not only storytelling with words but also with pictures.

About this photo: “And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Find more from Livonne at her Facebook page and blog.



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6 comments on “A New Beginning

  1. James Work Photography
    March 10, 2017

    Livonne….what a marvelous magical image. Made my heart flutter, just fantastically good….en theos….jasL

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    • Livonne
      March 11, 2017

      Thanks James.. sometimes my mind thinks up strange things lol


  2. davidoakesimages
    March 11, 2017

    Now that is a creative image and thought provoking. Well done to capture that visually in your mind then to translate to reality.


  3. maureenjenner
    March 11, 2017

    Beautiful imagery.


  4. Sarah W.
    May 7, 2017

    A beginning of a new life is what I’m learning. I have depression, anxiety and ADD. I am also a recovering drug addict of about 15 years. I am now learning to love myself and make myself happy learning I cannot always do this by trying to make others happy.


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