Photo Credit: Tony Mellinger
Welcome back! To those who haven’t been following this series…
I am writing about what it’s like in the world of The Nashville Wife (myself) and what it was like coming here without my own purpose. Along with that came The Nashville Mom. I had to find myself within both titles and I wanted to share my experience. I spoke to many other lovely ladies who have been through the basics of my story but in their own versions.
That is what this series has been about.
Their voices. Our voices. A community of people who share a common thread within our life story, willing to branch out and reach for the lonely or the broken.
These women are wonderful people who have volunteered their time to answer these questions and discuss their life with me. I am so grateful for their willingness to share and I hope this meets someone where they’re at in their story.
Part III ended with some of the best advice I have ever heard…
Support. Embrace. Dream. Grateful. Prepare
I think I may even print out my own blog graphic, frame it, and remind myself of this every single day. If you’re in a new city for any other reason than for your own purpose, find yourself some support. Embrace your new life. Dream bigger things. Be Grateful for what you have and oh my goodness PREPARE! For what’s ahead, for what’s to come… mentally, physically, financially, you name it. Job well done, ladies.
Beautiful words spoken by beautiful women. It’s time to hear their voices once again.
“If you had one piece of advice to give a new SAHM in a new city, what would it be?”
Here’s what they had to say:
“Find your moms. Join a moms bible study, book club, mops program, whatever. Get you some girlfriends STAT.”
– Martyne Palmer
“I’m that mom so I guess what I would say to myself is reach out. Find your community whether that be at a church, a gym etc but you have to put forth an effort. ”
– Heather Abbott Burback
“Join Facebook groups, find a school you like, find a good MDO program to give yourself a break at least once a week! ”
– Allison Klein
“Jump all in to your community. Find a moms group and a church. Make all the friends you can, find your tribe, and love them well. ”
– Vicki Mason Brown
Jamie Angsten basically combined this question along with the next (and the last) 2 questions of this series. It’s a GREAT summary of advice so I have decided to wait and post it at the end. I will give you a great snippet, though!
I feel like the overall arching theme here is MAKE IT HAPPEN! We have the choice to be miserable or to be happy. This is OUR life and we live it so vastly different than everyone else around us. It can take a long time to find your happiness or for some, it can be a quick turn around. Try not to place big expectations on yourself in that area.
My counselor – yes, I am in counseling. The best decision I ever made – said one time before, “You don’t seem to give yourself much grace. I wonder what it would be like if you gave yourself as much grace as you give to others?”
I do wonder. So let’s keep that in mind.
Give grace to others and be gracious to ourselves.
Photo Credit: Tony Mellinger