Lately the news has been packed with stories of surprise job losses and long-term unemployment. More companies are downsizing or shutting down and their former employees are feeling the pinch.
Last year I joined the ranks of the unemployed when I lost my job after almost 10 years. It was an extremely stressful time because I’d suddenly lost my only source of income. Everything felt so uncertain after that. How was I going to pay my bills? Take care of my daughter? I can’t tell you how many nights I lay awake worrying about what I was going to do.
I didn’t see it back then but losing my job was actually a blessing in disguise. If I hadn’t lost it, I would never have found the opportunities I’ve enjoyed since then. I can honestly say that I’m in a much better place now.
Obviously, getting here didn’t happen over night. It took a lot of work and sacrifice but now I get to live everyday in my passion and purpose.
I want to share my story with you in the hopes that if you’ve your job or you’re interested in pursuing your passion, you’ll be inspired.
The path to single motherhood is different for everyone. Some arrive as a result of divorce or separation, some by choice, while others become widows. But regardless of how you got here, the most important thing to remember is that the relationships you nurture during this time, will carry you through the journey.
I’m not saying this season in life is all doom and gloom. Far from it, I’m sure you can easily come up with several examples of moments of joy and happiness. I see this time as an opportunity to thrive despite what’s going on around you and having a group of women you can turn to for guidance, support and advice — your mom tribe — is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
If you’re still in the early stages of this season, it’s even more important to have women who will be there for you no matter what.
I’ve experienced the value of having a mom tribe and I’m eternally grateful for the women in my life who have been there for me no matter what. But what exactly is a mom tribe and how to you know when you have one? Good questions, let’s dive in. Continue reading
A few months ago, a friend of mine shared this video with me. Now, I want to share it with you because it’s exactly what every woman needs to hear.
It’s a short but powerful video presented by Jon Jorgenson. Jon’s an author, public speaker and spoken word artist. His projects include partnering with organizations to tackle issues men and women face and present things from fresh biblical perspective. Check out his video projects on his YouTube channel and on his website.
What I love about this particular video is how captivating it is. It starts off with powerful reminders of what we easily forget. You know what? You ARE beautiful, smart, funny, kind and unique.
The first time I watched this video, I had to stop what I was doing and pay close attention. It’s not that we as women need a man to tell us these things, it’s more of a reminder of how God sees us. After all, we were wonderfully made by Him (Psalms 139:14). He made us with intention and because of that, we’re who we’re supposed to be, quirks and all.
It doesn’t matter where you are in this season of your life, remember that no matter what happens, God loves you. He’s got you covered through every situation you go through. Yes, you’ll have bad days but he has amazing plans for your life. Believe in his promises to you and that he made you an awesome woman and mother.
I’d love to hear your thoughts after you watch this video. Please share in the comments.