I'm a Mom...
I’m a mom of two, with a wonderful step-daughter and a husband I’ve been married to for almost 20 years now.
I love my blended family. It has been the biggest blessing in my life.
I left my corporate job to be a stay-at-home mom because my daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD which caused many learning challenges. Financially, it was difficult but we were blessed to have my mom nearby to help out when we needed her and now she needs me.
“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
What a gift we can give by taking care of those who once cared for us, isn’t it?
It wasn’t an easy transition to step into this new roll as a caregiver. In fact, it was downright stressful. I bet you felt the same.
It was overwhelming on so many levels.
In my case, my mom had a heart attack and had to have bypass surgery days after. I had just started with a new design firm and you can only imagine how well that worked out. He wasn’t a very understanding boss, to say the least. I was just getting my feet wet in getting back to a full-time job after taking time off to become a stay-at-home mom to care for my kids.
I was so ready to go back to work, but life had a different plan for me. I knew going back to a full-time corporate job was not an option.
Once I started to see that caregiving is a privilege, not an obligation, there’s a shift that happens. You find that inner strength to overcome all obstacles that come your way. And they will come. That quote above really made such an impact on me. You find that unconditional love that you forget was there.
Caregiving only gets harder. Change is constant and so many things will catch you off guard and make ya nuts! Am I right or what?!?
We need to build new habits to help us manage each day better. Self-care is no longer a luxury, it becomes a necessity. Starting your day in prayer & gratitude makes all the difference. Giving yourself grace brings you inner peace. You become more resilient in ways you didn’t think possible.
...an Interior Designer
I’ve spent the last 20 plus years as an Interior Designers for commercial spaces and I had a side hustle renovating kitchens here and there.
I’ve spent the last 20 plus years designing beautiful office spaces, building lobbies, & many kitchen renovations. So, “WHY?” you ask, am I not writing a killer blog on the latest design trends or showcasing my own work? Glad you asked, my friend.
I had not intentions of ever starting a blog!
I knew going back to a corporate job was not an option. I had already started my own side business doing residential design but I knew I had to kick it up a notch and turn it into a real business of my own.
As I was searching for ways to start managing my own design business, God lead me to Tammy Rotzoll, founder and author of Footprints of Inspiration blog and that’s where it all began.
Tammy shared this quote that truly resonated with me: “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” I love this whole idea of paying it forward, don’t you? And then she asked me, ‘do you wake up thinking about design or do you wake up wanting to help others?’ Well, I guess you know the answer to that.
This is my year to find purpose and passion. I’ve always been a philanthropist at heart, so here I am, ready to share my story in hopes to help you not make all the same mistakes I made! But even if you did, I’m also here to say “it’s okay“.