Last night we all said goodbye to 2016. Some parted fondly, with mostly wonderful memories. Others may have been flipping 2016 the bird as it left. As for me, I think I’m a bit in the middle.
I thought becoming a mother would be the most drastic, life-altering event I would experience. Turns out, it wasn’t. Yes, my life changed forever when my baby boy was born. Those first weeks and months were difficult, exhausting, wonderful, and heart-breaking.
Nothing, however, prepared me for complete upheaval of becoming a single mother. In April, my boy’s father and I separated. Having been a stay-at-home-mom for three years, I had no income, no savings, and only one place to go. If you’ve never had to move back in with your parents as an adult, you may not realize what a huge blow it is to your confidence. That, in addition to the fresh separation, had me feeling incredibly low. Maybe not quite rock bottom, but very close.