Here we are in yet another year, 2018! The last few years have brought me a lot of learning and growing. Not only entering the world of motherhood but also with multiple moves across the country and going from working mom to stay-at-home mom. It’s been a whirlwind!
Along the way I’ve tried to find myself again. What do I like? What do I enjoy doing? What are my hobbies? What am I good at? I’ve fallen back into my love for working out (that only took almost 2 years postpartum), developed a taste for redoing furniture and really dived back into reading. Over the past few years I have dabbled in beginning a blog. Maybe you have seen the few I have attempted. These were made with the best of intentions but I just felt like maybe I didn’t have enough to say? Who would even read it? Would anyone even want to read about my life, struggles, triumphs etc? It almost felt silly. However, over the years it’s kept nagging at the back of my mind that this is something that would not only bring me fulfillment but also connection with others – with other women, moms, friends.
Moving multiple times (i.e. away from your safe zone of your high school besties) is not easy. Entering the world of motherhood lord knows is not easy. I’m thankful for these experiences because they’ve taught me a ton but sometimes wading through the thick of it can get lonely. It’s easy to lose a sense of connection and purpose. What am I even doing with my life? Is it making a difference? Is it making me happy?
Taking back up the hobby of reading I’ve leaned into reading self help books. Not only are they inspiring but they always leave you feeling good. If you’re into this genre then you’ve come across Brene Brown before clearly. Her TED talks are amazing and her books are even more inspiring. Of course her career was launched with the infamous vulnerability TED talk and it’s a really interesting topic she researches and writes about. I found it really resonating with how I felt. Especially with all the transitions life has thrown at me the last few years. In her book Daring Greatly she writes:
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
That quote in particular struck a chord with me. It conveyed what I felt deep down was missing: hope, authenticity, belonging, creativity. Bingo. Maybe I should start this blog finally? Maybe I do have stories to share and connection to bring to other women and moms.
So that folks, is what has brought us here today. On this blog I will share my journey through motherhood, vulnerability in sharing my struggles in life as a woman, mom, wife and hope in sharing my victories. I will share my hobbies and interests, opinions and stories. You will likely learn things you never knew about me that might very well surprise you. My willingness to share them has in fact surprised me. I hope you’ll follow along!
Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.