Surviving and Thriving: Intro

Hello! Welcome to the new blog series, Surviving and Thriving!

Everyone has a story. Part of the reason why I started this blog was to share bits of mine. But now I have the desire to share other people’s stories too.

Since becoming a mother, I have realized the importance of connections, relating to others and being able to encourage women who are struggling. There are so many mothers in the world, but not two of us are the same. What makes us different? What helped shape our parenting style? What lessons or advice could you give the mom sitting next to you? What makes you, you?

I am so intrigued by people’s stories and what got them to where they are today, probably because I realize the importance of my own story. I have overcome a lot in my life, and I love to meet other women who have done the same. It helps me feel connected to them. And the purpose of being here on earth is to make connections.

This is what inspired the Surviving and Thriving blog series. I sought out women who had a story to tell, and a desire to share it with the world. Women who have overcome incredible odds, but still hold their heads up high and continue to be the best moms they can be. I cannot wait to share their stories with you.

But before I do, I wanted to give you a little more of my story.

I won’t go into too much detail out of respect for those involved, but my childhood wasn’t the easiest. I didn’t grow up with a white picket fence, a put-together family or a family dog.

Instead, I grew up in a family surrounded by mental illness, drug addiction, divorce and basically just a lot of chaos and drama. I was forced to become an adult at a very early age in order to mentally survive life. 

I am blessed with amazing grandparents who got me through the toughest of times. God knows where I would have been if they didn’t take me under their wing. 

But through all of the chaos my childhood ensued, I can proudly say that my entire family has overcome so much. I am very close to all of my parents and past wounds are being healed.

I have learned the importance of forgiveness, hope and especially faith. I remember dreaming about my future as a child, and just knowing that there was going to be something better for me. Tears fill my eyes as I write this because I truly manifested those dreams into a reality.

I have a beautiful family, amazing friends, a great career and not only that, I have a lot of wisdom from everything I have been through. I have wisdom that I can one day share with my daughter.

Going through tough times is hard…but overcoming the mountains of pain left from the scars of those tough times is even harder. I am here to tell you it is doable.

The women I feature in this series will also tell you, it is doable. You can and will get through whatever it is you are going through. 

It is not lost on me that I have a great life, but there are still moments that are hard. The only difference is that now I have the tools to better overcome those hard moments.

I hope the stories that are shared in this series give you hope, comfort and connection. Life is too short to be hopeless and lonely.

If you have a story you wish to share, please fill out the contact form below and I would be happy to connect with you!

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    1. August 24, 2019 / 12:40 pm

      I love that you chose to share your story with us! I can understand the importance of understanding where someone came from because it explains how important their present is. My childhood was a dysfunctional functional. If that makes sense. I had two amazing parents, but I was surrounded by chaos and illness. On the surface, everything seemed inline with the “perfect” life but in the end, it was totally toxic. So, I get how both sides pushed me into my twenties the way it did. I share a lot of similarities with your childhood and I respect how you turned all of that into something new and better for your child and family! I’m looking forward to reading the series and how we all differ but at the same time share stories!

      • laurashelighblog
        August 24, 2019 / 1:48 pm

        Thank you for sharing! I am sorry you went through those struggles as a child too, but am happy you learned from it! Sharing stories about overcoming hardships is so important for others going through similar situations. I hope you enjoy the series and I’m glad we connected ❤

    2. August 24, 2019 / 12:56 pm

      We have a lot in common. I love this. It’s never talked about the difficult transitions many of us go through to be the mom’s and women we want to be.

      • laurashelighblog
        August 24, 2019 / 1:46 pm

        Yes! It’s so important to talk about how we got to where we are. There’s so much value in sharing our stories. Love that we connected mama ❤

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