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031: Heather Knight | Surviving To Thriving
Episode 3126th July 2021 • Purpose Through Pain • Joseph James
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Heather Knight is currently serving as the founder and chair of Surviving to Thriving, an Atlanta-based non-profit that provides a long-term sustainability program for victims of domestic violence. The passion for domestic violence awareness and prevention started from her personal situation in her teen years and then grew into a career in law enforcement. Heather recently left the police department after founding Surviving to Thriving in order to dedicate more time to her podcast (also Surviving to Thriving) and to teach the headlining program of R.A.D. Women’s Self-Defense.

On this episode:

  • Heather shares her own experiences in her teenage years and the reason why she founded Surviving to Thriving.
  • Heather shares how her husband, Zack, was fueled by his biological father to be a police officer. 
  • Learn why people in an abusive relationship are afraid that they won’t thrive outside the relationship. 
  • Heather shares how she coped after being in a manipulative relationship.
  • Joseph shares why therapy shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. 
  • Learn the difference between being victimized and having the victim mentality. 
  • Understand what fear of the unknown means and what visualization can look like. 
  • Heather shares her own challenges when helping other people.
  • Learn how you can start seeking help. 


Key Takeaways:

  • You need to have a purpose behind your business or a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing.
  • We need to teach teenagers how to be in a healthy relationship.
  • You need to deal with your own trauma or you’re not going to help people in a way that you want to help them. 
  • We have different ways of coping and we just need to find those coping mechanisms that work for us.
  • To get from a place of surviving to a place of thriving, you need to have the tools you need to cope.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • Things happen in life, mistakes are made but it makes you who you are at the end of the day. 
  • You don’t have to live your whole life being a victim of your circumstances.
  • Just because you’re a woman does not mean you can’t protect yourself. You can be the person that saves your life.
  • You don’t know if you don’t like the unknown.
  • Faith is the hope of seeing things we can’t see. 
  • We “fake it so we can make it,” but the “fake it” is something we never really dealt with. 
  • Wounds covered up don’t heal the right way. 

Connect with Heather Knight:


Surviving to Thriving Podcast

Surviving to Thriving Website

Connect with Joseph James:

Facebook Page

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