I've always been an impulsive person. I'll get an idea in my head and run with it, only to lose interest shortly thereafter. Over the years, I've learned to tame my impulsiveness some, but I still have my moments. Like starting this blog, for example. I've wanted to start a blog for years, but couldn't think what I could write about that could be of interest to others, or maybe even help provide some sort of guidance as we travel on this bumpy road called "Life". I believe that everything happens for a reason. The challenges we face do not come by coincidence. Instead, they are an opportunity for growth, and teachable moments we can use to strengthen others. So when I think about the experiences I've had in my thirty-something years on this Earth, it might actually be possible that I can share something that might be of interest to others, or even help someone along the way! I guess we shall see...
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 9.9 million single mothers living with children under the age of 18 in 2010. I was one of them. So how did I get here? It's a really long story, so here's the shortened version...
I was born and raised in Birmingham, England and moved to Tennessee in June 2002. I married an American man, but the marriage only lasted 4 years. I chose to leave because I did not want to tolerate his controlling behavior, adultery and physical abuse anymore. I finally realized and accepted that I would rather be alone and happy than married and miserable, so I left him and filed for a divorce. Today actually marks 4 years since the divorce became official. Congratulations to me!
On the bright side, the marriage produced my beautiful children: my daughter K who will be 9 in a couple of weeks, and my son J who will be 8 in a couple of weeks...yes, they are exactly 12 months and 2 days apart... but that's another story for another blog post :) I'm not sure I want to identify them by name or put their photos on here yet. I'm sure in the beginning most of the people reading this blog will already know them anyway. I guess I can decide later on.
What I do know is that I want this blog to be uplifting, inspiring and humorous. I want it to be thought-provoking and addictive so you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next post. Well maybe not the edge of your seat, but you know what I mean! That being said, I doubt I will talk much about my actual experiences of abuse. Going there reminds me of who I used to be and then I get angry with him all over again for treating me that way, and at myself for not taking more of a stand for myself then as I would now if faced with the same situation. Instead, I'll talk about how I picked up the pieces after leaving, how I (try to) handle co-parenting with my children's father, and how starting a new relationship makes things even more interesting! I hope in some way I am able to empower other women in the process!
- Hey! I'm Charlotte, a thirty-something year old, single mother of two preteens who keep me on my toes! I am also a survivor of domestic abuse and adultery in the context of a marriage. I have spent the past several years rebuilding my life and using my experiences to educate and encourage others. I would love to connect with you on social media - check out the links in the Follow Me section above, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog for the latest updates!