We surprise ourselves with what we can do when we are pushed against a wall and every month ends meet somehow

May 24, 2016
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We surprise ourselves with what we can do when we are pushed against a wall and every month ends meet somehow

We surprise ourselves with what we can do when we are pushed against a wall and every month ends meet somehow

“I am killing time and watching the water and sky while my daughter is at play practice. My phone went dead so it is nice to unplug. I am preparing to downsize and move to Spanish Fort. My 22 year old is finally spreading her wings and getting her own place, so it will just be me and my eight year old. It is time to simplify. I have been running a cleaning service for the past nine years. I have a business degree but as a single mother raising three children, I needed to do something with shorter hours, even if it was harder work, to be there for my kids. I am not a sit at the desk person, so I became blue collar for fewer hours and the same pay so I can be there when my kids get off the bus. I was a 19 year old mom and there is 14 year gap between my second and last. I am lucky that I can make my own hours, have time for myself and my kids and I am debt-free. I went through a divorce when I was pregnant with my youngest and left Atlanta and came here because this is where my roots and she would have a better life here. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and have done this with the help of God and my family. We surprise ourselves with what we can do when we are pushed against a wall and every month ends meet somehow. Every month I used to worry, but now I let that go. I don’t think the universe or God have brought me this far to drop me on my ass. I feel scared sometimes, but I don’t stay there. Two of my daughters are now independent women and it is very rewarding to see the life they have created for themselves. I have a new tattoo that I got two weeks ago, it is a stained glass window and it covers up an old tattoo. I was raised a minister’s daughter and always considered human bodies as temples. There is symbolism there too about making something beautiful from being broken. When life breaks you, break open and that is how the light gets in. I am letting the light in. One day I want to write a book about being a single mom and raising three daughters. I want to make other women laugh and realize they have the strength to do this too.”

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