Leave All of that Nasty Garbage
Happy Halloween, everyone! It's always nice when this day falls on a Friday because it just adds an extra layer of delight. No worrying about waking up early for school or work the next day, no thoughts of homework or errands that must be done. We can all enjoy the evening and candy, stretching the celebration out into the weekend. Three days of win, right?
Anyway, it's been awhile since I've participated in Five-Minute Friday, and today actually marks my first time linking up since the torch was passed to the lovely Kate Motaung! I'm excited to get started, so why don't I stop yapping and get on with things?
The prompt today is Leave.
Lately, I've been wrestling with the truth of who I am, rather than the idealized version of myself. It's extremely difficult internal work to accomplish, but tremendously worth it. Over the last few weeks and days, I've been confronting not only the more painful experiences of my past--and allowing myself to mourn--but acknowledging the once-valuable defense mechanisms I put in place in order to protect my heart and mind.
I've had to accept that because I'm no longer powerless, the mechanisms I developed no longer serve their original purpose, and in fact, are hurting me, my husband, and my children. (Whew!) So yeah, to sit with that knowledge and to actively start to dismantle it has been a challenge to say the least, but I am determined to leave all of that nasty garbage firmly in the past.
The New Year is fast approaching and our little family is poised to make some pretty sizable leaps toward our dreams in 2015. After years of hemming and hawing, we've taken some valuable steps toward our future, and I refuse to allow my old life to contaminate my new one.
Now, it's your turn! Interested in knowing a bit more about this Five-Minute Friday business?