When you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn, help is here
Sure, it’s an incredible journey. But it’s also hard, and without a healthy support system in place, it can get very lonely and overwhelming. So never be ashamed to ask for help. After all, we’re all still learning, and we all have our own struggles along the way.
I believe in lifting others up and helping them become their best self, not tearing others down and judging.
When I was a child, I had my life all planned out: married at 23, kids at 25, and a happily ever after love. I don't know about you, but my life didn't exactly go to plan.
There have been many rollercoaster rides along my path to 30. But, without a doubt, the highlight of this journey has been becoming mum to two (not so little) boys. I cannot believe my eldest has just hit high school!
Now, you might be thinking that I must’ve become a mum relatively young. And, yes, I was only 18 when I fell pregnant. But do you know what? I absolutely loved being a young mum! I felt like I was born to be a mum, to be given the opportunity to love these precious gifts with everything I have.
Would I do it again? Not with the same person, no. Because I now understand that even though I was ready to become a mum at 18, not everyone is ready at that age to take on the huge amount of responsibility that comes with parenthood.
Luckily, I had a wonderful family who were able to offer the love and support I needed throughout this demanding and unplanned journey. But sometimes, it still wasn’t enough.
Programs, such as the C U @ Home health nurses, and charities, like the Salvation Army, were able to offer me advice and provide support when I needed it or felt I had no control over my life.
Looking back at the ‘college-aged me’, who thought I’d be the one helping struggling families, it’s hard to acknowledge that it ended up being me who needed the support.
Despite all the obstacles life continued to throw at me, I took comfort in the fact that my children knew they were loved beyond measure - this was always the one thing I could control.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed or need help but not sure where to turn, I want you to know that there are people who want to help.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
After all, life isn’t all fairytales and rainbows.