I’m married to an amazing man and I’ve got two busy boys that race motocross nationally. I was a hairdresser for 18 years with a passion for encouraging and beautifying women. For years I struggled with who I am, and who I was supposed to be when I grew up. Kind of felt like some days I was “playing house” and not quite feeling like a true grown up. Ever feel that way?
Even after becoming a wife and mother I still wasn’t sure of my place in life. I am so thankful that God has helped me grow so much. It’s funny how God continues to watch over us. Jason and I have gone through several different hardships in our 19 years of marriage. But what I have learned along the way is that we always have a choice.
Choose to push forward. Choose to turn and run. Choose to take it to God. Choose to blame others. Choose to change my circumstances. Choose to face my past. Choose to stop living in my past. In the last few years we have chosen to be grownups. Chosen to face our fears, our debts, AND our strongholds. We have been blessed in so many ways.
It’s hard to believe that almost 8 years ago I was a completely different person – for the worst. I was an overworked mom and wife, trying to make ends meet as an independent hair stylist – the struggle was absolutely draining the life out of me.
I was so exhausted that I had to rely on coffee and sugary snacks just to be able to keep me awake at my kids’ motocross races. I literally felt like I was falling apart – as a mother, as a business owner, and as a human.
Enough was enough. After months of turning down offers from a friend to experience the product she was promoting, I finally decided that I needed something other than coffee to keep me going. So, I bit the bullet and stepped out of my comfort zone.
My family and I have come so far and learned so much. About ourselves, our marriage, our finances – about Christ. We are at an amazing place in our lives and we are so thankful.
I’ve always been encouraging others to not keep up with the Joneses, because it is so important to forge our own path and go after our own goals and dreams. More importantly, even the Joneses aren’t perfect! Nobody out there has it all figured out.
I certainly don’t – but I’m all about the journey!
In a lot of respects, we are the Joneses now. We’ve got crazy financial freedom and we’re loving every minute of our lives. But we never expected to be here, and it took a lot of work.
We learned about budgeting, how to stay healthy physically and mentally, how to take care of ourselves and how to help others. We learned what it takes to make sacrifices and tough decisions.
Success was just a side effect.