Being a single mom is hard! I, in my situation, am 100% responsible for my kids. I love them more than anything and they have never for one second been or will be a burden. They are my life. I don't want anything outside of them. They are fun, humorous, smart, and very gracious. They are so good to me and sincerely appreciate what I do for them. But is is hard!
I have the guilt of feeling like there isn't enough of me to go around. The biggest guilt is my back problems and the fact that my WONDERFUL family jumps in and helps out all of the time! But....I still feel guilty if I cannot do everything and with one of me and an active 3 of them, it is impossible and I know that.
On top of just everyday needs, I am also responsible financially. It is hard to be all of those things and the breadwinner. I have to make sure we are financially set.
This is where I could really use some help. While the real estate business is on a hiatus, I am looking into other things I can do to support me and my kids. I, in a very unexpected way, found I have a talent for jewelry making. I LOVE it and it is addictive! I am in no way a perfectionist when it comes to housekeeping. As long as it is clean (I am a complete germaphobe), clutter does not bother me. I have what I call organized clutter. When it comes to making my jewelry though, I am a complete perfectionist. If I don't like the way one thing looks, I start over. I am not a patient person at all, but I am with this. I know it has to be putting me somewhere in a direction God wants me to go, because it is really amazing that I can do this with all of my spine and arthritis issues. I starting making things while recovering from my surgery in August. A really strange thing to do while recovering from that kind of surgery. My daughter saw something she liked and I thought, I can do that, and I have been addicted ever since! It is such a good feeling to make something for someone specifically and see how much they love what I have made. I thought I was making Christmas jewelry for a friend which turned out to be a suprise wedding. I am still in awe that used my pieces for such a special occassion. Another friend has asked me to make pieces for her daughter's wedding. To be a part of such a special day means so VERY much to me! I truly put my heart and soul into the pieces I make. I think that is what overrides any discomfort from the physical work.
I have really gotten into gemstones, especially their healing qualities. I try to keep up with what is the latest fashion and colors. What I would love help with is how to get a business going. I feel like I am a little depleted after making sure the kids are well taken of and I have some really pretty, well-made jewelry that I am not quite sure how to "get out there". And, I REALLY need to because the longer it stays here the more I want to keep it! I have someone helping me with a page on facebook and to help me get it on here, but I know there are tricks and steps to get a business going and I would really appreciate any advice or help!
These are just a few of the things I like to make. I know there are a lot of single mom's out there who have taken the bull by the horns and made a successful business for themselves and their kids. A success also in knowing you can provide all on your own and the confidence that comes with it. (I would also love advice from you readers that aren't "single moms"!)