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SARA AIRD

Storyteller & Educator
Empowering Survivors of Complex Trauma

 

ABOUT ME

I knew early on that my logic-minded and structured brain would fit well into a Biology degree, but for me, science wasn’t just science. Science was the story of how the world worked, and it was a story I wanted to share. With a skill for teaching, I paired my degree with an education certificate and set out to teach young minds the story of science and the thrill of exploration. 

Life took a detour, as it often does, a detour that ran me right into the sexual trauma of my childhood. Suddenly, the world didn’t make as much sense as it had before, so I did what I always do, I went looking for books. Books that would help me navigate the frightening and disorienting world of abuse and recovery. Stories that would help me understand my own story. Information that would empower me to take my life back. I found that power. I also found connection, as I ventured into communities of survivors fighting for their lives one day at a time. In their eyes, I saw a reflection of myself, a knowledge that I wasn’t alone. With my understanding of trauma and my personal story of recovery, I invested my time at nonprofits dedicated to healing childhood trauma, ground-level work empowering survivors the way I had been empowered, through knowledge and community. Through this work, I realized the positive impact my story and research could have on other survivors.

Since then, I have published several articles and stories, including a community awareness piece on the resources available to survivors and their supporters, which can be viewed here. I advocate for survivors via my Instagram account @breakingdowncptsd, where I offer education, resources, community, and hope to those recovering from the effects of complex trauma. Today my research interests include the science of storytelling, trauma recovery, and multi-modal storytelling as a healing tool for complex trauma. I continue to seek innovative and meaningful ways to share trauma stories and recovery with survivors and my community.

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OFFICAL BIO

Sara Aird received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a minor in Spanish, and a Secondary Education Certification from Utah State University. She also received the Writing Certificate of Completion from Salt Lake Community College in the fall of 2020.

Sara has over five years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector with organizations dedicated to the prevention and healing of sexual abuse and other trauma. Personal research and lived experience give Sara a valuable perspective on the psychological and neurobiological impact of trauma which makes her a valuable advocate for complex trauma recovery. 

One way Sara advocates complex trauma recovery is through storytelling. She has published multiple pieces, including "Storytelling and Identity: Writing Yourself Into Existence" and "#MeToo and #NowWhat: A Conversation with Karen Brown". She is the author of the ReStoryative Blog: Writing Yourself Whole and the founder of One Wild Life Survivor Shop: Mini Books and Keepsakes for Trauma Survivors. She also works as a Muay Thai Instructor helping survivors connect with their power, strength, and confidence.

Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three kids. She enjoys puzzles, traveling with her family to national parks, podcasts, and Dr. Pepper. 

 
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“Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending - to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how the story ends.”

Brené Brown, Rising Strong