My Inspiration for this Blog (part 1)

I found a new purpose to my life in a kinda round about way. It sounds dumb, and is a bit embarrassing for me, but I want to give credit where it is due. I suppose it starts with a quote.

A story begins somewhere…

Over time I have read plenty of great quotes. Wonderfully uplifting, motivational words. For example:

Choose everyday to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love --Alison Malee

I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving. --John Green

My Inspiration for This Blog pt1

There are so many more. These are great, but didn’t help me with one of my bigger problems. Not only do I suffer from low self-esteem, but I’ve been struggling to find a purpose beyond being a mother.

Trying to be OK with life in general not having a purpose didn’t help. I still needed a direction for myself.  For the longest time my kids were enough. They take enough time and energy those first few years, it can be very easy to let them be your sole focus. So, with my kids being out of the stages that require such intense focus, I found myself a bit lost. I didn’t need to spend all my time chasing them, researching solutions, and caring for them. I had unfocused time that was filled with nothing of importance.  This contributed to my depression to the point where my whole existence was centered around trying to survive depression and anxiety.

Now I have the right meds, and they made a big difference, but I was still struggling somehow.

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A Quick Family Overview

I’ll go into more detail later, but here is a brief glimpse at my family.

I’ve been married for 19 years. My husband, J, is my best friend. (I know. Cheesy.) He travels a bunch for work, but I love when he is able to be home more.

We have four kids. My oldest, F, is 17 and will be 18 in three months. Next is E, who is 15, then C, who recently turned eleven. Finally, we have W, who is 7.

I miss baby and toddler stuff, but I’m very much done having more kids.

My mom lives with us. This March will be 13 years. I honestly didn’t know if it would work for even a few months when we started, but here we are now with no plans to change anything.

My parents have been divorced since I was 5. My dad lives in another town about an hour from here. We see him every few months.

I also have a younger sister, R. She has two great kids, N.D., 14, and N.J., 10.

So, that’s the basics of who I’ll be talking about here. 🙂 Of course there are my in-laws too, but that will be another post.

10 Quick Facts About Me

  1. I was born in 1979.
  2. I got married in 1997.
  3. My parents are divorced.
  4. I have a few chronic illnesses.
  5. I love to read.
  6. I am learning how to crochet and loom knit.
  7. I don’t know how to drive a stick.
  8. I have a sister.
  9. At this point in time, we have three dogs, three cats, 16 chickens, and 2 fish.
  10. I live in the middle of Kansas and have done so most of my life.

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