LEAVING DEMONS BEHIND: Warwick mum sells all for journey
WHEN Taleesha Moffatt packs up what's left of her belongings into her vehicle and hits the open road, she'll not only be leaving behind her hometown but speeding away from the demons that held her back for most of her life.
The Warwick woman is selling everything she owns to fund an incredible adventure where she will live in a van with her 14-month-old daughter, Indigo, and travel Australia.
It is a journey Miss Moffatt, 25, never thought she'd be brave enough to face.
Sexually and emotionally abused as a child, Miss Moffatt spent her childhood believing her survival hinged on pleasing her abuser.
The abuse left her crippled with anxiety and depression, thinking there was something wrong with her.
She was too anxious to answer the phone at her part-time job and also spent six months locked in her room at the age of 14 refusing to go to school.
"There was so much shame attached to it and I didn't know other people had been through it," Miss Moffatt said.
"He held so much power and fear over me."
Falling pregnant in August 2016 turned out to be a saving grace for Miss Moffatt.
It was the inspiration she needed to confront her fears and overcome her anxiety for the sake of her daughter.
"If I didn't deal with my pain and trauma, I'd pass it onto her," she said.
Having lived on the Gold Coast for three years, Miss Moffatt returned to Warwick to begin the painful process of extracting repressed memories and allowing herself to feel angry and hurt.
She connected with a mentor through support group Path of the Goddess, working with a mentor to express her emotions.
It helped her realise her fears were just negative voices in her head.
With Indigo now 14 months old, Miss Moffatt made the snap decision two weeks ago to live out the "van life" experience she had dreamed about embarking on when she was at the Gold Coast.
The pair will leave by May with virtually only the clothes on their backs.
Miss Moffatt has already sold a swag of items, including her bed, mattress and bed frame.
She still has two tables, cloth nappies and furniture to get rid of.
Miss Moffatt is eager to learn about the world through travel.
"Travel helps transform me and become more understanding of other people's perspectives," she said.
"When I'm on the road I feel inspired and there's a book I'm working on that I'm planning to have finished and ready to publish when I come back to Warwick."
Miss Moffatt plans to start her journey by heading north to the Daintree Rainforest and then down the coast to New South Wales.
Head to Taleesha Moffatt's Facebook page to view items for sale and you can also support her through her GoFundMe page at au.gofundme.com/j5bj5-chasing-my-dreams.