I am a member of a group of 11 women with 3 facilitators. Each women has a different background, different aged kids, may be married or single, divorced or not. There are moms of children aged 9 weeks to 18 years old. Each person brings something different to the group but I admire each and every one of them for being there each week.
Tonight we discussed self-esteem. As moms, we put our feelings and needs aside for our family. We don’t sleep enough, don’t take time to ourselves, and often think of others before ourselves. I am guilty of this and know that it needs to change. I am going to this group to give myself time away from my house… time to reflect and be with other women who are doing the same. This is something that I struggle with. I know that I need to do things for me, but I have trouble doing it for whatever reason.
I feel a strong connection to one of the facilitators (she totally doesn’t know it though, ha!). She is funny and insightful and so very kind. She has faith and is willing to put herself out there each week in order to help me and the others in my group.
One thing she said last week that is really sticking with me is this: “keep your judging eyes at home.” I readily admit that I went into the group scared and nervous. I was worried about what others would think of me and her words made me feel a bit better. I am trying to take her words to heart personally as well though. I am trying to be more accepting of others and their beliefs. I am very stubborn and I know what I like and don’t like. I am trying to be more open to other views on things and listen more carefully to what others are saying even if I disagree.
My M.O.M.S. group is turning out to be such an inspiration for me as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and sister. I know that this will change my life and I will walk out of this a better person.