Hello, my name is Tessa. I am 18 years old and live in the beautiful New Zealand. currently i am in a very cute two room apartment with a long time friend of mine. i have not always lived in Auckland, i grew up in a coastal town called Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tairua is surrounded by beautiful bush and has a fabulous beach, which is a four-minute walk from the house i grew up in. It had been my playground for the seventeen and years that I lived there. It was a fabulous place to grow up and I made the most of the area, hiking, swimming, gardening and never tired of the wonderful surroundings. I enjoy the outdoors immensely.
I attended the local primary school for eight years and then went to secondary school in Thames, an hour bus ride each way to Thames High School for years. For one year after secondary school i worked at a local Early Childhood Centre in Tairua, while studying Early Childhood Education by distance. Currently i am continuing my studies at a nice institute in central Auckland.
I was raised a Christian I had lots of friends as a child I lived the beach life surfed all the time! But when it came to high school all my friends either moved or went to different schools! So I had to take bus to the closest secondary school from my little safe haven in Tairua to Thames.
At secondary school I was bullied and not just verbally, physically too like beat up! The reasoning for me being bullied was because I didn’t party didn’t drink didn’t do drugs. I was just the prude goody good Christian girl from Tairua. This sucked!
One night when i was only 13. This night i was abused in a way that is the most heart breaking way one can be abused.
This night ruined me i thought i had portrayed all that i believe in, i became depressed. but thankfully the Lord God my father set me free after battling two hard years of depression. although i was still bullied i became strong. i built my self up and became the ultimate loner! i didn’t care, i had my supportive family, church, most important of all my Lord God Father and his son Jesus my saviour.
One of my favourite scriptures, that I read over and over in my dark times was 1 peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adorning be external, the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewellery, or the clothing you wear, but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
For me this was a reflective post. Reflection is important. Tess remember to reflect it helps you grow!