I know there are many married women who carry the burden of their family and struggle with loneliness. Military wives are a great example, sometimes the men aren't available and it may not be any fault of their own. Never the less parenting alone is a daunting task. I love reading the Old Testament in the Bible, where the women gather to cook and do laundry together. I wish we could get back to that. Our lives are so busy with family and work that it is tough to get time with other mothers. As a single mom I found the best way to accomplish this was to barter. I had a friend who loved to organize and clean house, me, not so much. However I loved to garden and she was less than thrilled with that kind of work. So we traded and did projects together. It was a great way to accomplish tasks and get "friend" time as well. You are not alone.
"Let a series of happy thoughts run through your mind. They will show on your face."
Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Author of The Power of Positive Thinking
Just launched a fund raiser for the first printing of Did Not See That Coming, before the time was up the funds were raised. I had been challenged by my coach Kim Fulcher, to be seen, to stop hiding and show up. What I discovered is LOVE. For so long I have been "on my own" trying to make ends meet, make sense of my life, wondering if I did a good enough job for my kids too much trying. I have always been a dreamer, this last dream, getting back into radio seemed impossible. Then when it began to happen it was a lot of work and crazy hours. Now it is getting very sweet. Better hours, weekends off, great exposure and lots of fun. And the book just weeks away from the first printing. Remember your dream, pursue it, don't give up even if it takes a really long time. My hope is you will be as I am today. Sitting on my couch, looking out at a beautiful view of the Puget Sound with tears in my eyes because life is so incredibly wonderful.
Live your dream,
Something I overheard the other day still has my head spinning. While visiting my son, he and his friends were talking about the holidays. He was joking with one friend how when the friend and his siblings get together there is a lot of complaining and reminiscing about their difficult childhood. To say the least holidays are not fun... The friend retorted saying... "Hey just because you had such a happy childhood".... I thought it was a joke.. but it wasn't. I went into the other room and sat down. I couldn't believe my ears. Someone razzing my kid because he had a HAPPY childhood. After all we'd been through, all the struggles, all the going with out, all the divided holidays. All the times I bit my tongue and didn't say mean hurtful things about the divorce. My kid thinks he had a happy childhood. Now that is redemption.
Laurie Ann Hardie