This photo reminded me of a different time. A time when things were simple and complicated at the same time. A time when I was a mother of four little children and working full time. A time when a new season of life was taking root and I resisted some of its responsibilities while embracing others super quickly.
This was a season when I became a super fierce protector of my children’s safety, development, talents, education, and so much more.
This was also a season of teaching them to develop their own voice.
This was also a time when I realized I had to set boundaries. It was a time of learning to put my family first. I had to learn to trust that taking ownership of my life, my family, faith, traditions and legacy was mine to create. I had to trust that it was ok to do what was best for us. I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum, but now that I had a family I realized even more, how it was ok to go against trends, comfort, ease and making others happy at my expense.
This snapshot reminds me of a time with a lot of change. As we created boundaries, we allowed geography to work in our favor by relocating to a new area. With a new address, we were also meeting and developing new relationships. This, was also a season of tremendous spiritual growth.
Today, I’m in a different season and I’m thankful of the lessons of the past. I appreciate the commitments to roles I initially rejected that I’ve since come to embrace. I’m thankful for the young adults our children have become and even more importantly, I am thankful for the example they’ve been to each other and others in the community.
Today, I’m committed to sharing with others, especially women that there’s beauty in accepting your life. To be ok, VERY ok with setting the standards you want and desire for yourself and for your family and to embrace the other changes along the way.