A Letter to My Daughters…

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My dearest Mimi and Samantha,

It’s hard for me to imagine this day, the day when you are old enough to read about much of my life through this blog. So that none of this comes as a surprise to you, I’m hoping I’ve been given the opportunity to talk to you first about the many circumstances and events that have shaped me. I am also hoping I am right there beside you, to help you navigate and understand all that you are reading as you read it. If not, please shut this window and look for me or Daddy– thank you…

Hi again- I just love you girls, from the deepest part of my heart and soul, you know that- right? You make me so very proud and happy and I am so very grateful to be your mom. And while I can go on and on about all of the many reasons why I love you so, I bet you are just itching to get back to the blog, so before you do, I just want you to remember these five important lessons I hope to have conveyed through all of my posts:

Follow your heart, and listen to your intuition…

You will read about the many ways my life has taken some crazy twists and turns, and what guided me all the way was my heart, which is strongly linked to my intuition. Had I not followed my heart, I wouldn’t have experienced the countless moments of love, joy, growth, and inner peace which have filled my life with meaning. By listening to my intuition, I learned to steer clear of experiences that just didn’t feel right, and in doing so I have avoided certain crises and circumstances which would have threatened my well-being. By keeping my heart open, I was able to overcome the many moments of pain and continue on my journey to meet my other soul mate– your dad. With him I have been able to experience boundless love and wonder-filled companionship again, and I am so grateful that with him, we have brought our greatest gifts into the world– you two…

Love big, and live like every day is your last…

The greatest pain we all endure in our lives is having to experience the grief over the death of our loved ones. I am a firm believer that these “goodbyes” are only temporary, and our souls and spirits continue on to a higher place, where there is no separation from the ones we love.

With that said, we are here, on this earth, at this time, to love and be loved. Our time is limited, and at the end of our lives, love is what will remain in the memories of those who we hold dearest to us. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so try and live each moment as fully as you can, laughing, loving, and feeling the gift of each moment given to you, so there will be no regrets when that time to say goodbye comes…

Always hope for the best, and try to let go of any expectations…

You will embark on many different endeavors and adventures, and all will spring from the seeds of hope- hope will energize you to bring your ideas to fruition. But sometimes, things won’t go the way you plan, because life is full of surprises and unexpected outcomes. Always keep the faith that if something doesn’t go the way you expected, there is something else, just as good or better, on the the other side.

You are worthy…

You, and every single living thing on the planet, are worthy of love, joy, respect, peace, and growth. It is my greatest hope that your Dad and I have given you enough to believe this very basic truth, but if a person or situation ever makes you feel less than your worth, follow your heart, listen to your intuition, and seek the space where you will be honored and loved– just for being you. Treat others with the same kind of respect, kindness, and love that you would want for yourself.

Remember, you are never alone, and time and change will carry you through…

Life will throw you curve balls, and as much as I wish I could be there to catch every single one of them to spare you any pain that they may inflict, each curve ball brings valuable lessons for your growth, the biggest being empathy and compassion, making your heart fuller and your life more meaningful.

When you’re in the midst of grief or crisis, you may feel like you are alone and no one understands the pain of what you are going through. I can assure you through my own life experiences that this is not the case- seek out support and comfort from a trusted therapist and/or person(s) who are going through or have gone through similar circumstances. Having your feelings validated will make all the difference in your ability to move forward and heal. See my life as living proof that time and change are truly what will carry you through…

Mother-Daughter

My dearest daughters, you are my heart, and you are loved, more than anything in the whole wide world, for eternity- thank you for choosing me to be your mom…

Mommy

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