I chose on purpose to open my recent struggles up to you. I felt there was no better way to demonstrate the principles I've been talking about than showing you how I've been applying them during this personally challenging time.
It was a difficult thing to do.
I'm not going to lie.
No one I know likes loosing their job (especially a high profile one that they loved), or loosing their home (especially as the sole provider of 3 little children)...these have been very trying 7 weeks, no doubt. Many people would (rightfully so) try to hide it, it's difficult to be this raw. Who am I kidding, it hurts whatever pride you have left! It sucks!!!
But...I knew I had to. I knew there would be no better way to prove to all of you who are looking for hope and light in a dark place, that it does exist. That if I could be jobless and homeless with 3 kids, and still not lose faith, that anyone can!
I wanted to let you see me go through it. Document it. Because I KNEW with every fiber of my being that some how (I had no idea how..especially the first 10 very scary days) everything was going to be OK.
|Just have faith|
You stop freaking out!
You stop obsessing.
You DON'T stop hustling.
You DON'T stop trying.
But you combine your hustle and your work with faith not fear.
That faith is what gives you a life raft when the storm looks like it will swallow you whole. Sure you can swim (put in the work) but without faith (your life raft) you'd still drown in the ocean.
It's the combination of both hard work in the positive direction AND belief/faith that can get you through anything and allow you to attract into your life the GOOD.
Think of these moments as Earth Quakes. They are giant shifts in your life that look all bad at first. No one wants to clean up after an earth quake. The damage is heartbreaking and severe... but it also makes room for the dream home to be built. In other words...believe and KNOW that everything in your life has a purpose and happens for a reason and that in the end you are not only going to be OK, but you will be better.
On Sunday night I was able to welcome my kids home from a visit with their dad, for the first time in three weeks. I fed them the first home cooked meal in three weeks, at our kitchen table. I tucked them into their own beds for the first time, surrounded by their stuffed animals they had sorely missed. My kids had been such great troupers living in the American Red Cross hotel room for weeks without their toys, pillows or anything familiar. It felt so great to let them have that again. I sat in my spotless living room with a glass of wine, and thought...I will never forget this moment. I will never take for granted all the things I did before. I will be a better women, mother and human because of that experience. My heart will forever be open to anyone finding themselves in a position like we had.
Everything happens for a reason.
This past weekend a good friend flew out from the east coast to show support and give me a weekend to help forget the past few weeks, to toast to my birthday. It was a "Vision Board moment". I am grateful for fairies who come into our lives to take us across the rough water on their wings of encouragement and friendship when we need a little lift...regardless of how long they remain in our lives.
Tomorrow I start my new job! Great news! I'm so ready to go back to a "normal life" and a regular schedule. It's a great job and one I know I will love and am beyond blessed to have.
Have faith...everything happens for a reason. Just have faith.
~Written by: Sarah Centrella for Thoughts.Stories.Life
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