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Transforming Trauma into Triumph with Tamara Baldwin

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Break Free to Brilliance Ep. 51: Transforming Trauma into Triumph with Tamara Baldwin

“Just because you’ve experienced something, you don’t have to be defined by it,” emphasizes Tamara Baldwin, spiritual counselor, educator, and co-author of Break Free to Health and Vitality. In Tamara’s chapter “Transforming Trauma Into Triumph,” she dives deep into the importance of breaking free from past experiences and not defining yourself by past traumas. Tamara joins us on today’s Author Series episode to discuss creating the life you want, prioritizing self care, and redefining how you think about your past. 

Tamara hopes that readers will benefit from her chapter by realizing that they too can triumph over past traumas. By making time for self-care and setting clear boundaries, we can create healthier, more fulfilling lives. Oftentimes, people define themselves by their experiences, which makes it hard to move forward. Tamara reminds us that we do not have to remain trapped in any situation and that we are not defined by our past.

Transforming our trauma into triumph starts with taking that first step forward. Tune into this week’s episode of Break Free to Brilliance to learn more about how to prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and heal from past experiences.



  • “I really hope that readers will gain a sense of well-being knowing that no matter what their experiences are in life that they too can triumph from any type of trauma that they have experienced.” (08:14-08:27 | Tamara) 
  • “I think that from the title alone people can get the inspiration and hope that the past doesn’t define you, and you can create the life that you want. These days, I love saying you can create a life by design, which means you can create how you want it to be, what you want it to look like, and you don’t have to live a life by default, meaning the life that has been given to us that we have to just deal with. Sometimes, you’re in a situation where it might feel like you have to do that, but slowly by taking one step at a time, you can get out of that situation and create the life that you want.” (08:28-09:14 | Seema) 
  • “You don’t have to look like what you’re going through. You don’t have to look like what you’ve been through. So, that’s really the inspiration here. Just because you’ve experienced something, you don’t have to be defined by what you’ve experienced in life. I often tell people even in the workplace, your job doesn’t define who you are. You define who you are. It’s the same with the trials that we’ve experienced and the trauma that we’ve experienced, you don’t have to stay there.” (09:38-10:04 | Tamara) 
  • “I think what many people do is they start identifying themselves with the problem…I remember when I had my autoimmune issues I would say, ‘My name is Seema, and I have an autoimmune disease.’ And then someone told me, ‘You know Seema, that’s not who you are. You are Seema Giri who is struggling with these issues, but that’s not who you are.’” (10:05-10:40 | Seema)
  • “I was asking myself this question: Am I being selfish by saying no to those who are always pulling, and wanting and needing? It was a defining moment for me to learn that I’m not being selfish. Self-care is significant. Self-care is important. Self-care is a necessity. So, when I came to that realization, that’s when things actually began to change.” (11:21-11:48 | Tamara)
  • “Before writing the book and now, the one specific thing that has really changed and made all the difference is boundaries. Setting those boundaries and knowing when to say no. Letting my no be no and letting my yes be yes. So, self-care wrapped in those boundaries has made all the difference.”(15:15-15:35 | Tamara)
  • “One thing that I would share with individuals is that you want to make sure that you are present for yourself before you can be present for other people. Take time out for self-care even if it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or just being in your own space without the pull of other individuals. That would be my takeaway.” (20:21-29:49 | Tamara)


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