I was the mom that did it all – attending PTA meetings and joining committees, becoming a deacon in my church, teaching Sunday school and confirmation, picking up and dropping the kids off to all their activities and events. I was also a board member of my neighborhood association. It was being in this state of constant busy-ness that ultimately pulled my focus so far outward that I lost a connection to myself, my health, and my husband without fully recognizing it. And it took two pivotal events for me to finally wake up.
One – my 20 year marriage suddenly coming to an end, and two – having a stroke.
You see, I was so caught in the busy-ness of life – of keeping it all together and not rocking the boat, that I wasn’t fully aware of what was really happening in my life.
Sound familiar? As it turned out, my relationship was not as solid as I’d thought, and my body was not as resilient as it had once been.
When I moved through the stressful process of divorce and became a single parent, the pressure to keep our new life as “close to normal” as possible, to juggle all of the pieces, and to continue to hold it together for my children, increased three-fold.