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Live Beautiful | Courtney Kirkland

October 22, 2010

And now I bring you…

When I first started thinking about the idea of participating in the 30 Days of Truth challenge, I never realized that there would be such an outpouring of encouragement and eagerness from all of you to join. I haven’t even written a post on an actual “truth” yet [one from the list] but I am completely and totally humbled by the comments that some of my recent posts have gotten. You guys are…amazing.

I turned to blogging in 2008 to help me sort through my emotions as a new mother. Times were completely overwhelming and most of the time, I felt alone and isolated from the rest of the world. It has taken me almost 5 years of sorting through feelings and emotions and underlying issues within myself…but I finally feel like am on the path to doing what God has always intended for me to do.

After I became a mom, I would have given almost anything to have a little bit of my old self back. Let’s just face ladies, marriage and parenting take it out of you. By the time we are done tending to our husbands needs, our children’s needs and the unending list of duties around the house, there is little-if any-time to just be ourselves. To be women. To be who we were before we started wearing the different “jobs” that life has bestowed us. Blogging became an outlet for me when I started feeling like I was losing myself. There are numerous posts on my blog {a recent and more favorite of those posts can be read here} where I talk about my desire and my passion to figure out how to balance being a wife/mother and staying who I was outside of that role.

It’s taken a lot of thought…a lot of time…a lot of prayer, patience and support, but I am finally realizing that I am not alone in this desire. There are tons and tons and tons of you who have emailed, messaged me or just left comments about how encouraging my honesty is and how you all are striving and struggling with the same things. Add in the response that I got from the 30 days of Truth and I knew that God was hinting to me that he wanted me to create some sort of network so that all of you could come together and we could meet and discuss and challenge and lift one another up in one place. There are tons of communities out there, I recognize that. But I want this one to be a personal, close knit group where you can feel comfortable to discuss anything.

And the sole purpose behind this community is to encourage honesty in our lives…within our marriages, our families and toward ourselves. And to encourage ourselves to find that balance we so desperately seek. To get back to who we were before we were moms…that little part of us is still there. She’s buried behind the laundry and the diapers and the play-dates. And it’s up to us to find her again. SO…that being said, I would like to present to you:

livebeautifulcommunity-largeIf you look to the top-right between the Life Projects and the Contact tabs, you will see the brand spanking new Community button. Notice there is an About the Community tab and a 30 Day’s tab. The linky for all of my beautiful 30 Day of Truth participants can be found under the 30 Days tab…and the Introduction tab…well, you will just have to go there to see what you are supposed to do!

I am really excited to get this community off the ground and going. If you want to come together and mingle with other moms who-just like you-want to get back that little piece of themselves they feel they have lost, then join us!! This community is always, always open! Can’t wait to start connecting with you all! You guys rock!!

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