Hey family! How are you? I hope you have had an awesome week! And if you haven’t, well don’t lose hope, because the sunshine will come back! I promise!
I want to share some things that have happened to me over the past several weeks. From pitfalls in the storms of life to finding the sun shining again.
Since my birthday on the 21st, I have dealt with a lot of firsts through the grieving process of my mom. It was my first birthday without her calling me.
Then 8 days later on the 29th, it would have been my mom’s 55th birthday. 🙁
In between those days, it was cloudy and rainy.
(I wrote about my mom’s passing here and how Qigong has helped me with grieving the loss of my mother among other things.)
It was even raining days before the 21st. I had forgotten about this rainbow we just happened to catch on the 18th as well as these beautiful flowers! I didn’t realize it then, but that was God’s way of reminding me to think of His promises and to look on the bright side because I would need those reminders in the coming days.
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A Rainbow Reminder & Pink Flowers
Not getting a phone call from my mom was hard, however, despite that, I was determined to make it a great day. I worked out, I trained, I did a webinar and looked forward to some of the fun and free outdoorsy things that weekend.
But then no one got me anything for my birthday, no birthday dinner, nada. Jaya didn’t even make me a card like she normally does and my brother almost forgot to call me.
And if that wasn’t enough to give someone the birthday blues, my grandparents decided to go visit my Uncle Bobbie on my birthday weekend who they just saw over the Summer, versus coming to see us. We haven’t seen them since my mom’s funeral in January.
I felt rather isolated and not very appreciated or respected by the people that say they love me. I’m not one of those gals that need a bunch of presents or an expensive trip, but there is something to be said about people letting you know they love you and appreciate you were created by spending time with you, speaking life over you or making you something, etc.
A big thank you to those that did give me a birthday shoutout whether online, via the phone or via a hug in person, it definitely lifted my spirits! 🙂
I think what was harder than not being able to talk to my mom, was that my dad decided not to call me because he had bad news and said he didn’t want to ruin my day. I told him that he couldn’t ruin my day and that I would have rather have heard his voice and the news so I could have prayed for him sooner. He found out he may have cancer. We are still waiting for blood work to find out…
So if you are the praying type, please keep my dad in your prayers and thank you in advance prayer warriors!
Though a lot did not go as planned, we decided to laugh and find the good in the day. I also found a cute spider waiting to say hello to me before I left Enter Shaolin to head home. Seeing I’ve never thought a spider was cute until then, I thought that was a gift in itself and had to take a picture. I also released the spider to a much safer place than hanging out on my car. 😉
Say hello to my cute little spider friend!
Jaya and I also took some pictures to mark my 37th day of life, to spread peace (the 21st of Sept. is also the International Day of Peace) and to laugh and be silly. Enjoy!
37th Birthday Peace, Love, Laughter & Reflection:
The next day we went to a free Green Day Festival, it was a rain or shine event. It was raining, but we brought the shine! 😉
We got to meet some alpacas, do some crafting, find out about local clubs and organizations and Jaya got to try her hand in archery. We decided we both want to take lessons. Now we just have to get some extra funds for gear and lessons and we will be set! A mother-daughter archery duo coming soon!
Our Alpaca Buddies & Jaya Trying Archery:
We went to church that evening ready to pray up a storm for my dad and get some clarity and we certainly did. 🙂
I was reminded of a time last year when I was in a waiting room, waiting to hear back on benefits my ex-husband tried to steal from my daughter. I was praying for the outcome when something came over me to write a letter to God.
In that letter, I thanked Him for everything, even simply waking me up that morning and I thanked Him for everything I had hoped would happen from that meeting as if it already happened.
Once I was done, I kept re-reading what I had written feeling more and more gratitude, love and happiness as I did.
Not only did everything I wrote happen… It was more than I could have imagined and it helped us so much over the next year. It helped us get our own place which we hadn’t had since moving to NJ back in the Summer or 2013, it allowed me to help my mom in what I didn’t know would be one of my last times to do so and to help my family put my mom to rest.
But why did I forget that powerful exercise I was inspired to do? Why hadn’t I written like that since? I am still not sure why, but I was happy to have been reminded of it and decided to do start writing my gratitude notes each Shabbat.
That night after church, I went home and started to prepare for an adventure the next day.
The one thing I had planned for myself as a birthday celebration was a free wild edible walk in the woods, however, it got canceled due to the stormy weather.
Each year besides reflecting on the past year of my life, what went well, what to improve, etc. I always plan something to lift me up whether learning something new, exercising, training, spending time in nature, etc.
I was hoping to learn some new wild edibles and make some new friends. I was also excited to be able to try a wild edible that has been eluding me since I have started learning about wild edibles back in 2009. The wild edible I am speaking of is called the paw paw (Asimina triloba).
I decided to be proactive after it was canceled and find out if it would be rescheduled and also said how excited I was to get to try some paw paw for my birthday. The host contacted me back and said the event most likely wouldn’t be rescheduled, however, she had plenty of paw paw and would be glad to share and have us come over to try some.
Thank you, Pat!
It was one of those moments that proved it never hurts to ask! And I totally stepped out of my introverted comfort zone in doing so, and it was so worth it!
A Paw Paw Tree, More Paw Paws & Me:
My daughter Jaya and I trecked out on a stormy Sunday to make a new friend and try some paw paws which were everything I have heard they were and then some! Plus we got a little history about the Old Pine Farm that has frequent outdoorsy types of events and Pat also sent us home with some paw paws! Bonus!
It truly is the simple things that bring so much joy. 🙂
The rest of the week the rain kept at it, and during that time I made sure to stay eating healthy, to stay working out and doing my training, to stay spiritually nourished and connected. If I wouldn’t have, I am not sure I would have made it through mentally as the firsts were not done with me just yet!
The above was just some of what I happened, we had a lot more hurdles to face, but we faced them with peace, love & laughter and yeah some tears & doubts too! 🙂
I discovered several things the week before and day of my mom’s birthday that made me think of her. One was a new take on an old print Pyrex did, that happened to be similar to the dish set we had growing up, which was the Corelle butterfly gold print. I bought two.
Another Jaya found when we were at the local health food store which was a vegan candy bar called a Buccaneer. It reminded her of her Grandma Kim, because my mom loved watching The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football. So I bought it for us to share. 🙂
Finding Comfort In Familiar Things:
I did not know what to expect on my mom’s first birthday gone from this Earth, it had been a wild ride of a week! Every death I have witnessed or even ones of those I have never met, makes me realize how fragile this life is, how we are not promised our next breath or moment.
It makes me want to make each day the best I can make it, to give every moment all I can, to do my best not to waste one second.
However, the night before I cried out to God. I feel so alone and also frustrated because my mom’s death was completely avoidable. But after that rough evening and roller coaster of a week, I awoke on the 29th to one of the most beautiful sunny days than I have seen in a while.
I felt this sense of renewed purpose, surrounded by a warmth of love and in that moment I knew the One Above All had not forgotten me and my mom was truly at peace and all would work out for the greater good of all.
I heard the birds chirping with enthusiasm and gratitude. I knew in those few moments that, I would survive all of this and not only that it would make me stronger, more compassionate and able to help others through the grieving process to heal faster.
I had a great bonding moment with my daughter Jaya after she was feeling not worthy of being here and sharing how she is meant for victory, she was a surprise not a mistake (she’s been asking if she was an accident or mistake lately) and how what her dad did not only isn’t her fault, it also doesn’t have to define her.
Celebrating My Mom aka Grandma Kim:
We went to church that evening, it was a great time of worship and communion. A great way to spend my mom’s birthday. The visiting pastor whom I never met before and had no idea what the previous week or even this past year had held for me, said a few words to me that was the biggest gift of all.
At the end of the evening, Pastor Michael said, “Jamie, every time I looked over to you, I keep hearing the Holy Spirit say, well done, well done. Does that mean anything to you?”
I started to tear up and said, “That means more than you could ever know.” I can’t tell you how many times over the past several months especially, I have said that I just want to hear my Heavenly Father say, well done.
The struggles I’ve shared with you in various posts are just some of what has been going on. I share because I want people to know they aren’t alone and that we can find peace among the storms of life.
There’s a lot more to share and when I can I will do so.
The past few weeks have shown me that despite me feeling inadequate and so not worthy, the One that created me sees me in a different light.
It makes me wonder how many others feel the same as I have and how much it hinders us from living our greatest life. Not feeling worthy aka feeling worthless, unloved, not good enough, lack of self-esteem, etc. are diseases… Meaning they hurt us, they hinder us, but the good news is there are cures and healing can happen and indeed we can overcome these diseases.
We can choose to find the silver lining, to laugh, to forgive, to love, to find peace among the storms.
It starts with us literally choosing to reprogram ourselves from the lies others have spoken over us as well as the lies we have told ourselves.
It starts with self-care, taking care of ourselves mind, body and spirit. We can’t change how others see us or what has happened to us in our past, but we can change how we see ourselves and how those past moments define us.
We can change what we do, what we think and how we show up in this world.
There’s a lot more to share on this subject and more firsts in this grieving process that I experienced the past several weeks. I will share more in Part II next week.
But what about you? Have you been grieving? Have you been feeling unworthy? And if so, have you healed and overcome from these or are you feeling stuck? What has helped you or what is hindering you?
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You are not alone and there is a silver lining, there is hope and there is good, you just have to look for it & find it. 🙂
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