Absolutely nobody said life was going to be easy, and boy isn't that the truth. My own personal life has been one huge balancing act.
It's been over 18 months since my husband decided to change careers, which meant that I have needed to float the whole household finances since then. Granted, we have squeaked by and are finally on the right path to this whole struggle paying off. It has certainly had it's moments where I thought I was going to break down and never stop crying (there have been tears shed). On top of it all, by beautiful little girl is going to be a teenager in two months. I have no idea how that happened or where the time has gone. I so miss the days of ponytails and Disney movies. And I would be lying if I said I haven't logged into the Plus account and binged classic movies from my childhood. Having a tween/teen is a new experience and I know that I am not equipped for it. There was nothing in the handbook (yeah right!) that told me how to deal with the emotions and breakdowns, let alone homework and this HORRIBLE new math. Seriously, I work in the school system and I can not figure this out, and I hate math.
But with all of this going on, and everything that the world has thrown at us, we have found a way to keep our heads on straight. Keeping myself active and really getting back into working out has helped with getting out any built up anger that I'm holding. And getting these Covid pounds off will definitely get my self-esteem back. But also ramping up my meditation and self-reflection time has grounded me and calmed my mind. I have also been researching and working with some herbs that have positive effects on moods and depression. There are just moments when the fog is just too thick to see that light at the end of the tunnel, and with working both careers and being a wife/mother, sometimes there just isn't time to sit down and close my eyes. I have made some tinctures for anxiety and blues that can be thrown into my coffee cup and brought along. I haven't featured it in my store yet, as I have wanted to test it out and make sure that it has the healing properties that I was going for. But after months of testing it, I do believe that I am comfortable introducing it to the public. I have also been using the anxiety tincture for my daughter, to help with all the worries that come from being a middle schooler/tween/a girl/and general stresses of life. She has openly admitted that she does feel better when she takes it regularly, and it has shown to lessen her PMS emotions. The key word in that sentence is REGULARLY!
But the one thing that I have had to keep telling myself and my family is..... this is normal, we are normal, and we are not alone. I know that there are others out there who are dealing with something similar or much worse. Emotions are what makes us human and unique. And we are NORMAL, as much as it doesn't feel like it, we are. So if you think life is getting to be too much, please know that you are not alone, there is always someone out there who loves you and who will listen (including me) and that chemicals are not always the answer.
You are loved, you are kind, you are normal, you are human!