International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th around the world. Honestly, this is the first that I have heard of this day but I was immediately excited to know that WE have a day. I am excited because these past few years have been extremely trying on an emotional, spiritual, and physical level. Every fiber of my femininity has been put to the test.
Many of you who know me, may not completely understand how I feel because I am positive on my social media networks. It is not a front, I often try to have a positive outlook regardless of my circumstance. I do realize that there are others who may be experiencing something more trying than I; and for them I pray the strength of the Lord during their trials.
I am not writing this post to be a Debbie Downer, I am actually writing it to be of encouragement. If you are reading this and life seems unfair, slow moving, tiresome, or just plain difficult, do not worry because it does get greater later. That is a saying that I always revert to when I am overwhelmed by my life as a wife, a mother of four, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a niece, and an entrepreneur. It always worked when I was a single mom pursuing a college education in a world that often felt lonely and confusing. Understanding that the storm doesn't last always was so helpful when no one was their to encourage me. Remember that encouraging yourself also works wonders for your outlook. It makes you into a VICTOR and not a VICTIM.
I resigned from a 10 year career to be home with my children during a time when child care became less of an option and more of a fantasy. I felt like I was burning both ends of the candlestick and I wasn't fulfilled at either position in my life. With an MBA in Entrepreneurship, there is no wonder why I was becoming more unfulfilled as I compromised my time with my family. So after losing my third nanny in a year, I walked away from my resource and decided to trust God to be our source for my husband and myself as we created more stability for our four children. My husband is a construction worker who was blessed to work all year round in Chicago. His work is hard and his hours are long. So more often than not, I am pulling a lot of weight in our home.
Over the year, I have learned some hard truths about motherhood and marriage. I have never been so stretched in my life. Believe me, this is not a small feat, even compared to the challenges I've overcome in my past. The process of becoming one flesh, the continual selflessness, the days and nights of minimal space has been all but suffocating. Some days I felt like I was buried alive, literally grasping for air because my toddler Irish twins are so attached to me. My perspective was diminishing and my independence was dwindling as I was transforming into this new woman...A Mompreneur.
Yeah, this about sums it up... I have been a mom and other things since I was 19 years old. I was a single mom and a college student; a single mom and a full time employee; a single mom, a full time employee, and a MBA student; a single mom and a 1st time home buyer, the list goes on. I thought I mastered this thing called motherhood until I added the challenge of being a wife, a mother of a teenager, a middle child, and a set of little ones that are 10 months apart. All of these occurred within 2 years, it was either sink or swim. My head was spinning and I was literally living LA VIDA LOCA. I often had to remind myself that this is not much too handle (hahaha). Well, not compared to my grandmother Dorothy Robinson. She was a wife and a mother at 14, and by the age of 25 she was parenting 11 children with my grandfather. By the age of ripe age of 32, she was the mother of 17 children. Yes, honey, 17 beautiful children. My grandmother was no joke, she was a great cook, a seamstress, and a BOSS of her home when granddad was working. Not to mention, she went on to college and graduated with honors, then became a librarian AFTER having 17 children.
I'd like to dedicate this International Women's Day to my grandmother Dorothy Robinson, my mother Pamela Robinson, my aunt Lucille Sherman, my aunt Dorothea Turner, my aunt Vicki Robinson, my aunt Elaine Smith, my cousins Alanda Fullilove and Lynette Clayton. All of these beautiful women were part of a wonderful legacy of faith, strength, beauty, and love. I will continue to use their lives as examples when I falter in strength or belief in my abilities.
We as women possess great power to create an atmosphere of love, growth, and comfort. We were given such a mantle as the mothers and nurturers of this Earth. That is such a wonderful calling, and though it may be one of the most difficult callings to answer. I am proud to have been chosen for such a time as this.
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