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Woman of substance, midlife crackerjack, and mother of one fierce kid. đź’«
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Last night I fully realized that I haven’t honoured the most essential pieces of who I am in the way that they deserve. I don’t think this makes me different from any other human being. We all have our insecurities and fears. And we all have to find a way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Being Beloved
I often feel like I don’t “fit”. Not here. Not there. Not anywhere. It’s not like I feel a deep need to fit in…to be honest, I don’t even really see the point. But I have to admit, sometimes it would be nice to feel understood. That’s a very rare... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Being Beloved
How can I become the very best version of myself? Today, I promised myself that I would decide on my next steps, and after contemplating on it all day, the only thing I know for sure is that I want the next thing I do with my life to take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Being Beloved
I want to find my people. I know they’re out there because I’ve found a few of them already. And I know that there are more. Enough to build a community. I’ve always visualized community as a tapestry; unique strands and individual stitches combining to create amazing patterns and harmony... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Being Beloved
I feel like we might be soul sisters, Dawn. :)
I have issues. Lots and lots of issues. Starting with an intense nature as default, working through sexual assault as a teen, making various not-so-good choices, almost two years in West Africa showing my socio-political advocacy tendencies, moving into a late (doomed) marriage, an even later pregnancy and the birth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Being Beloved
All my life I’ve felt like a complete fake when it comes to being a grownup. Oh sure, I’ve got the years behind me – 54 to be exact. And the experience. No doubt about it. But really…what IS a grownup? Are we fully grown when we turn 18 and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Being Beloved
There she sat Thin arms clasped around knees drawn up to her chin Hiding behind the long black curtain of hair Her blank eyes focused on the pavement beyond the curb Dropped eyelids twitching restlessly, she didn’t even look up as I passed Toting my bags of vegetables into the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Being Beloved
Guilt. Remorse. Grief. Shame. Humiliation. Regret. That’s what making a bad choice feels like in the end. And there are many, many times when we find ourselves navigating around difficult choices. Let’s face it. Too often, clear options are right in front of us, and we just can't decide which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Being Beloved
I’ve often been criticized for being “too empathetic”…a “bleeding heart”… “too concerned with the feelings of others”…“too sensitive about what friends need instead of your own needs”... It’s true. I looked up the definition of empathy, and I am it. Merriam-Webster's definition of empathy: the action of understanding, being aware... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Being Beloved
There are days that just take me further and further away from my truth. They drive me right down the dark path that leads into that lonely place where, no matter how fervently I pray for a hero to rescue me, I know deep in my heart that I’m going... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Being Beloved
Let’s be honest. We are all wearing masks. We wear them constantly. We think we have to wear them. In fact, the world today demands it in order to get ahead, to make others comfortable and to meet societal expectations. But, I want to be real. Authentic. Genuine. Me. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Being Beloved
For the past few years I’ve been on a reconnecting-with-me journey. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know this already. I’ve periodically chronicled my passage down this path. I’m not really sure why it started. I just really needed it. Maybe it’s my age. Or maybe it's simply that my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Being Beloved
Being in my 50s hasn’t perturbed me one little bit. This half of my life is an abundant field of dreams, rich with opportunity. I can do anything, be myself, and build the life I want. It’s time for me to become the person I was created to be. Buuuu-uuutttt…... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Being Beloved
Oh, how I crave being valued. It’s a disease. I can assure you – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that my absolute worst quality is my insane need to feel valued. How do I know this? Simple. It’s the quality that causes me the most and the deepest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Being Beloved
Sixteen years into being Michael’s mom, I find myself recognizing a few things that I really want him to have - and apply to his life… A loving nature. It’s my deepest wish that my son will never lose his natural ability to love - both others and himself. Love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Being Beloved
Recently, I've been talking with a dear friend who is at a crossroads in her life. She's tired. Depleted. Ready to give up on pieces of her life that really matter. She has to make some big choices that will affect not only her self - but also those she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Being Beloved
I’ve never claimed to be an expert in anything. Not relationships. Not communication. Not writing. Not people. Not myself. Not anything. I probably should lay claim to an expertise in something…but I haven’t. I just share my thoughts with the world because I hope that kindred spirits struggling with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Being Beloved
Shirley, there is no doubt that God has blessed me with Michael. And I wouldn't have any clue how to be his mother without amazing role models like my mom and you. ❤️
As a teenager, it was never a problem to stand up for myself, or for others. I was always that person who created awkward situations by announcing that I actually liked the person that everyone was talking about. The one who said we shouldn’t judge before we understood everything. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Being Beloved
Always my champion, Sarah. It is so very validating to be appreciated for who I am. Thank you.
Dear Future Margot, I want you to feel soooo proud of me. It amuses me to realize that my current self is now laughing at my past self, and so it seems quite likely that my future self will be ROTFLMAO at my current self. Apparently, I take myself far... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Being Beloved
Personal authenticity is really important to me, and that means being exactly who I am in my heart – not being what others want me to be. Sadly, living in a society layered with self-protection and doubt in the good intentions of others… Well, I find myself being misunderstood on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Being Beloved
I’m the eternal optimist, but even I know that getting older is a drag sometimes, and midlife can be a painful time that’s particularly fraught with insecurity. I mean, let's be honest... We live in a youth-obsessed society that tells us after 50, our best years are behind us. Uh-huh.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Being Beloved
Your whisper steals along the edges of my thoughts There is no sound And yet I hear everything I know you’re there I can touch you with my mind although you’re far away I see my true self in your love I am beautiful from the inside In redirection of... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Being Beloved