Just Who Am I?
I have and have had so many roles in my life: Creation of God, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, soccer mom, football mom, Army mom, friend, teacher, college instructor, speaker, writer, fundraiser, runner, student, life coach, … you get the picture. I know that you, too, have juggled multiple roles in your life; that’s reality for most women.
I know what it’s like to:
- Be a perfectionist (not fun!)
- Be a people pleaser and lose sleep over that growing list of friends I “need” to call back
- Not own my gifts and accomplishments
- Feel I’m not “good enough”… whatever that means
- Worry about what others think
- Not set and enforce healthy boundaries in both work and relationships
- Be pulled (No, let’s make that “yanked”) in many different directions based on the needs of others and my desire to take care of them
- Wake up one morning and find out my husband and the father of my sons is never coming back… ever
- Experience burnout in a career or job
- Have a calling in my life that I kept ignoring
- Big ETC. here!
I know a lot of other things, too. Among them? We can be happy and healthy in our grief. If we don’t manage stress, it will manage us and likely affect our health. Our purpose in life is to glorify God in all we do and in how we live, but we can have several callings in our lives and seek to create better lives while serving others.
What nourishes me?
- Sitting in a rocking chair on my porch and simply rocking-nothing else
- Babbling brooks
- Crackling fire
- Writing in my journal
- Savoring long talks about life with a good friend
- Sipping on a nice red wine
- Nightly face cleansing and moisturizing (seriously!)
- Healthy food
- Long, solitary walks
- Autumn and everything about it: The vibrant colors of leaves, the crisp days and evenings, football season, pumpkin-scented candles, and a pot of chili
- The first smells of spring
- The forced rest that comes with a rainy or snowy day
- Bringing out the best in others
- Listening to people’s life stories
- My family
- A good night’s sleep
- The unconditional love of a pet
- Helping the underserved
- 80’s R and B and jazz music
- Exploring new places with those who share a curiosity and interest in history and culture
- Good books which totally absorb me and relax my mind
- Sacred hymns and writings
Women are caretakers; but sadly, we too often put our own needs last. Yes, that old “put on your oxygen mask before you help the kids with theirs” command does have great value.
I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on your grief journey, to help you manage your stress, and to guide you in creating a better and more God-honoring life.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.