You're smiling as you read this because you understand that the choices I make today affect you and your daily life right now. You are truly proud and honored to have been me because your overall journey sprinkled with mistakes, hardships, rejections, failures, and heartbreaks became your recipe to the happiness that resides in you in this very moment.
In the movie Pay It Forward, 12-year-old Trevor makes a bid to improve the situations of those around him. With limited resources, he devises a plan: to repay good deeds, but with a twist. Instead of a direct repayment, Trevor instead pays each good deed forward to three third party beneficiaries, along with an edict to each to pay that favor forward, thrice.
As a stay-at-home mom in my early 40s, I've spent the last decade searching for ways to keep my mind from going numb while the kiddos are in school. But playing in a suburban women's tennis league is the one thing I credit with helping me maintain my competitive edge, a trait that will definitely come in handy as I prepare to rejoin the workforce and get back in that game.
Divorce is a lonely time...but you're not alone. Sometimes you need reminding. I remember feeling very stuck inside myself when I was going through my divorce. When I had first announced it, all of my friends seemed shocked, mostly because I had never done much complaining about my husband or my marriage.