So here's the thing...I am OK, like I am doing the things that I need to do and I am determined to create awesome memories for my son because he deserves the best life I can give him in spite of what I have going on BUT.....
I am still left feeling like I am sacrificing myself at the altar of doing only what is necessary and neglecting my dreams and deep seated desires. In a chat with a friend the other day, I was reminded to "find the joy!" I really had to think about what that was, then I remembered another conversation with another friend where she reminded me to keep doing this.....blogging, styling, taking pics and feeding my creative side, even if it was just for a few minutes at a time. She reminded me that this is where I would find and remember who I was outside of motherhood, outside of my job, outside of my failures in the relationship department because I was beginning to define myself by these things and events. Because I had defined myself by my roles for so long, when those roles did not work out or came to an end, I felt like I - the me person - was a failure. In reality the only thing that was no longer functional was that role! I was no longer a wife, I no longer worked at that dream job. Remove the role and I - the me person - was still there but who was she outside of the role? What drives her, what is her purpose in addition to the roles that she fills? I have to figure that out and fight to be her everyday and not drown in my role as mother, daughter, sister, friend.......lover?
Listen, the easiest thing to do as a mother and woman is to lose myself in the day to day performance of duties. But as a mother, it is important for me to maintain an identity and to live out my purpose so that my son will know that there is more to life than work, eat, sleep, repeat! In this routine of simply being, I have come to the conclusion that finding the joy sometimes takes way more effort and work than just giving up and settling (that word settling) into place and letting life carry you along. I have to fight to be more than mom, more than the go to chick at work, more than the head of my tiny household! Its funny but being me is way more than the sum total of the parts of who I am and I am determined to not only find the joy, but to live it out....FULLY!!!
So yeah....that's all the insight I have for now!! Love y'all for reading and empathizing! Oh and Merry Christmas from me and the Little Munch!! We cute out here in these streets!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
There is much I don't have and sooooooo much that I want to do but the TRUTH IS that I have more than many and I certainly have a ton to be grateful for! Instead of waiting for the perfect pic/photo shoot, I have decided to just share a post that is truly about giving thanks and being sincerely grateful.
I am a 46 year old single mother of a 3 year old. I have a place to live, food to eat, a car to drive and a job to drive it to.......I have excellent child care, excellent child care.....don't scoff at it, it's hard to come by! I have been blessed with a handful of friends who invest in me and my child through prayer, time and just listening ears and support when we need it most. These are also things that I do not take for granted - I am super grateful. I have my family!! We are not perfect but we love each other through all the foolishness, the highs and the lows and no matter what, I know that I can count on them.
I am not as healthy as I would like to be but that's in my hands to change and I am thankful that I can be honest with myself and say, hey girl hey......fix that! I am working on me, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually... it is a necessary journey and sometimes I pull over to the side of the road and think about quitting and then I remember the one thing that I am most grateful for...
I am most grateful for the gift that is my son. He came out of a time in my life that I thought would certainly destroy me - no lie. Emotional and mental abuse and manipulation is no joke and I am grateful that I got up and walked away. Walked away with my life and my son. He is the most challenging and the most rewarding experience of my entire life and I in awe of the gift that he is and the wonder with which he lives and sees the world!
I always want to do more and be more and live more but today, I am grateful, indescribably grateful for how blessed my life is. Today I want to just stop and say, thank YOU GOD! I see Your work, thank You!
What are you grateful for as Thanksgiving approaches........hmmm where is that skirt? Its perfect for holiday dressing isn't it?
Monday, October 15, 2018
A little over two years ago, I posted on this platform while my life completely fell apart around me and I did so as though life was OK! My last post was informative and got views and shared information but it reflected nothing of what I was dealing with or going through at the time. I had just moved out of my marital home about a month before and was trying to process being a single mom and not losing my mind.
I was finally granted a divorce on August 30 of this year and although it feels like I have been single for 3 years or even more, the divorce signifies a level of freedom that I was not able to claim while still legally married...... Its been a long, sometimes crazy ride but I am still here and still whole, in spite of the brokenness that I have experienced. The objective of coming back to blogging is not to "tell my business" but to share my heart. To speak to some woman, some man, some boy, some girl who may need to hear what the other side of heartbreak looks like....and let me be clear, I was heartbroken.
I was heartbroken because I leaned so completely into another human being that I was almost lost before I realized that the other person had no support to give. It is OK that I leaned, it is OK that I trusted, it is OK that I loved......it is even OK that I lost and that my marriage failed because I learned many many things about myself and I received a great gift in my son and he has forever changed my life and my purpose. He's the reason why I have to do this and why I am back!
I am back and I am different. My motives are different: I write to heal, I write to share and to let others know that they are not alone. I write because its what I have always done when things are good and even more so when things are bad. I write because I have learned a lot and continue to learn.......and life is better because of this learning. I write because it gives purpose to the brokenness, purpose to the pain, purpose to the challenges and the stretching. I blog because its a quick way to get through to one or two or many who may need a quick shot in the arm or word of encouragement! I encourage because I have been encouraged and I know how much it helps me to wake up in the morning, to keep going when I feel like I can't.
Don't get me wrong - I still love all things fashion and shoes but sharing my lifestyle means I have to share where my life is right now! If you're here for the shoes and fashion, there will be posts about that, posts about my son, posts about hair, posts about weight, posts about the life and times of MamaSolesup!! I hope you will join me on this journey of growth and healing......but if not, that's fine too! This is really just me, sharing my gift and if I only ever help one person, that will be enough!
Now! Let's go! I am ready......Joy has many faces, freedom is one of them!