I was sitting here talking to Molly again and then it dawned on me...You really need to stop talking to the dog and figure out a way to muster up the courage to tell some humans how you feel and what your experiences have been. So here goes.
My name is Leslie and I have been on a journey that I never saw myself going through. My journey involves adulthood, (bleh) parenthood (Ah!), self-actualization (hey, I'm pretty good at something!) and spirituality (Where do I even start??). Sounds pretty interesting huh?
I must say that this whole period of 36 and a half years has been interesting to say the least. I am the child of divorced parents which at times was really hard for me because I didn't get to see my father as much as I would have liked and oh how I missed him, especially during those teen years. And then, it seems as if I was rushed off into the world of boys and then men who didn't give a crap about me and apparently, I didn't give much of a crap about myself either. And then in the midst of being lost came 2 beautiful children with someone who was lost himself. And then fast forward to my baby boy being diagnosed with autism and me being scared out of my mind because I didn't know what that meant or what it entailed. And then more struggles ahead trying to raise 2 children alone and trying to attend college meanwhile still having bad dealings with men. And then out of somewhere, a slight awakening happened! An awakening to who God really is, an awakening to who I really am and then graduation and then career and then an overwhelming feeling of not being satisfied and being called somewhere else and then more school to help bring forth that calling and NOW life coaching and holistic wellness. Whew!!! Do you need a drink yet?
My point is, your life may not go in the manner in which you thought that it was going to go, but you have to show appreciation for all of the stuff that's in between where you began and where you are now. Without all of the things that I have gone through, I wouldn't be able to stand in my truth and own some of the things that I have done and the things that have happened to me. I wouldn't be able to teach my daughter about how being herself is enough and about how she has a golden opportunity to do and to be whatever and whoever it is that she wants to be. I wouldn't be able to have a son that makes me laugh on a daily basis with his quirky antics and special sense of humor. I wouldn't be able to tell women that it's ok to make mistakes as long as you don't stop loving yourself because in that love is where you'll find your healing.