Monday, February 20, 2017

Moments that Matter: Enduring Difficult Moments

If you're looking for an inspiring story, then you've come to the right place. This week's Moments that Matter post is a great reminder that even our difficult moments should be cherished for what they teach us. This week, I have Kristie of CEO Mom joining us with an incredibly raw story. 

She came into the world without a sound, but now I can’t get her to stop talking. My daughter, my first born, is my shining light. When she was born, I was nineteen, hadn’t finished college, and involved with a man who didn’t know or care about my worth. When she looked at me with her gorgeous, brown eyes, I knew I wanted to be better and give her better.

Her father, my fiancĂ© at the time, was very distant when she was born. We barely spoke and many nights, he was not home. Needless to say, there were a lot of moments that I would cry and wonder what the problem was with me. “It had to be something I did, or said,” I would tell myself.

Then came the turning point. It was his birthday, but my daughter had a doctor’s appointment that day. She was six months old. He drove us to the doctor around 9am because her appointment was at 9:30 that morning. When we arrived, I checked her in and we sat in the lobby area. I remember him looking over at me and saying, “It’s not fair I have to be here on my birthday, I’m going somewhere and I’ll be back later.” At that time, I didn’t have my own cellphone or a car. When he left, I thought he’d be back in an hour or two at the most. I was sitting at the office door at almost 6pm when he returned. My daughter had run out of formula and diapers. I was an emotional mess and all he said to me was, “Are you ready to go?”

It was a real life decision-making moment in my life.

I could have stayed, let my life continue down a inevitable destructive path. But I didn’t.

I thought about my daughter, my shining light, and decided this was not the life either of us deserved.

I appreciate that moment, even though it was a very difficult one to endure. But it taught me three things:

I am worthy of love.

Life does not end after a relationship does.

My children are my most precious priority.

If it were not for this moment, I am not sure where I would be. I have grown so much as a woman, as a mother, and as a person. My life has not been perfect, I faced many challenges, but I overcame them and have so much to be grateful for because of it.

About the Author

Kristie is a work at home mom of three amazing kiddos and wife to a gaming nerd from Okinawa. She loves all things pink and sparkly. She is a social media strategist and blogs at and  Feel free to stalk her on Twitter @ceomomblogs!

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