Today I was looking through old photos of when my kids were babies… At the time, I was very depressed. I couldn’t enjoy my kids in these early years and I thought that I was a burden to my family… I had gained 70 lbs, dropped out of college, was a Stay at Home Mom who barely could get out of bed in the morning… I was sleep deprived, miserable, and had completely lost my self. The transition from an independent and social newly wed to a stay at home was not an easy transition. I lost my friends because we were in different places in our lives, my husband was away training for months at a time and I was home alone most of the time. Taking a shower was a major daily accomplishment and I thought that once my kids went off to school, I would be going back to the grind of a minimum wage job. Finishing my degree wasn’t a financial option and I had no hope of ever being anything else other than a mom and wife again. No hopes for personal fulfillment or an identity outside of home. I thought this was something that I traded in when I decided to have kids and I felt really sorry for myself.
One day I woke up lower than low and I had to make a choice… Shut down or get better! Thankfully, I chose to get better, and that’s when God came into my life, and when my self-healing began…
Wherever you are in life, KNOW that you have the power to HEAL and pick yourself up, and BECOME who God intended you to be! You have a purpose on this Earth! You just have to dig deep inside of your soul, reach out to people who understand and support you, and start uncovering your LIGHT again! I will never be the person in this photo again— a girl hiding behind her children, sad and shamed, but those days taught me empathy and the STRENGTH of the human spirit! I have God to thank for these lessons learned in life. I see the purpose of my past suffering and I am committed to teaching others how to emerge from darkness to find their SPARKLE again! ✨✨✨
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