Stronger Inside and Out

Stronger Inside and Out

Transformation Tuesday – this is a time I like to share a bit about my personal struggles and how I work to overcome them. I do this because I KNOW there are others out there who suffer in silence and try struggle. I want to make it known that I understand you and that I am here to support you in any way that I can. 

These pics were taken two years apart. The photo on the left was taken at the very start of my transformation to a stronger, more empowered me. Prior to this picture, we had been living in a house filled with toxic molds (unbeknownst to us at the time). For months, all I could do was watch as the health of myself and my boys (7, 3, and infant) deteriorated. We lost all of our energy and were constantly sick. The doctors kept passing it off as some cold going around or as allergies, but I KNEW something was terribly wrong. It took a lot of trips to the doctor and the help of friends on social media before I realized there was mold in our house that was causing our health issues. 

Unfortunately, no one would listen to my concerns. Part of the issue was that I was mentally and physically exhausted from the mold exposure, but another part of it was my lack of confidence in myself. I had no idea how to assert myself in certain contexts and I did not know my own strength. 

They say you often don’t realize your strength until being strong is your only choice. That was exactly the case two years ago. My children were deteriorating in front of my eyes and no one was doing a damn thing to help us! No one would even listen. When I kept saying there was toxic mold in the house, people started suggesting I had mental health problems! THAT was the level of support I was getting. 

So I had to take matters into my own hands, without even the support of my husband at that time. Environmental specialists were able to perform tests to confirm that toxic mold spores were present in our home. I immediately moved the kids & pets into a hotel while we began looking for new doctors and a new place to live. It was a super stressful and isolating time in my life, but in every way I have come out of it a stronger person (and even with a stronger marriage!)

The picture on the right shows how much stronger I have grown on the outside, but there has been even more growth in terms of inner strength. In a lot of ways our outsides tend to show what’s going on under the surface. When I look at the picture on the right, I see a woman who believes in herself and has made a commitment to living out that belief and helping others to do the same. 

YOU are stronger than you think! If you are struggling to believe this and want to work on getting stronger inside and out, I encourage you to reach out to me and just talk about what you want to see happen in your life. I assure you, you are worth it! šŸ’œ

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