For seven long years, I stayed in a toxic relationship, walking on eggshells. I was a people-pleaser of the highest order. Anybody could walk over me and complain that I wasn’t flat enough to be a doormat. I was happily dedicated to servitude and there was hardly any time for me to take care of myself, pursue my passions or even get a little rest. Often my inner voice would tell me, “This was not a way to live.” But I stayed on and the noose kept tightening.
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