As I recently heard Brene Brown say, she is my guru according to my dear friend Danielle, if we wait for perfection nothing ever happens. Perfection or my concept of perfection has been delaying this for months, so I am “Daring Greatly” and going to just do this. What is this? This is me sharing my story of personal growth while navigating the rugged terrain of having a child in residential treatment. This is a forum for teaching, learning, sharing and growing. This is to be a collective of the imperfect coming together warts and all to hold one another in whatever way is needed.
I am building a community for mothers of children who are currently in or have completed residential treatment. The reasons for being in treatment may vary so come as you are, this is about us, the moms.
Together we will build support, share stories and walk our journey of healing together. This will be a safe place to be whomever you are that day and you will be held and seen as you are. So for the time being I am not coaching, instead I will host discussions and let what develops, develop. Much like the journey we undertake with a child in treatment, we cannot control the outcome but we can participate in a meaningful way. The best possible thing we can do for our child and their recovery is to work on ourselves. Let's work together and strengthen ourselves and each other with love and kindness.
I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an entrepreneur and a mom, not necessarily in that order, save the certified part or should I say certifiable. I'm sure you will agree there are moments throughout these trying times where you feel like you are losing your mind, I know I did, in fact it might still be in the Staples parking lot, more on that in a future blog post.
I am not here to make light of, disrespect or offend anyone going through this. I do inject humor often, I swear and cry over commercials. The seriousness of this is not lost on me and will never be diminished and you will come to appreciate that as I tell my story.
With that said, my story, my experience is mine and yours is yours; I ask that you respect mine as I will yours. We will get through this with trust, laughter some tears and God willing, a bit of grace. As my son said at the wise age of four, "I just need to finish my crying". There is something very therapeutic about crying and I welcome it. There is also much therapeutic about laughing and I welcome that too.
I look forward to meeting you, my friend, my sister in arms, my fellow mom. I believe I speak for us all when I say.....if I'm going down, I'm going down swinging!