So I done got told to update this blog for goodness sakes. The last thing I had up here was so depressing.
Well, it rightly was. I have depression. I have anxiety. Hello - means often times my thoughts are actually depressing. :) Fancy that.
What had precipitated the last post was the fact that my brother, whom I knew had been looking for reasons to fully distance himself from the family, finally found what it was he needed as an excuse and decided I was no longer a good enough influence on his child and therefore he wouldn't be bringing her near me again. Now let me assure you that what he found pales in comparison to some of his nasty habits, and it's not even my habit that has him making this decision...but whatever. I'm tired of clawing at things that would eliminate his excuses. I don't want him in my life if he doesn't want to be in mine. With that realization, which admittedly came AFTER the last blog post, I found a liberating peace in my life. While it's been painful to have to tell my mom that her kids won't likely be in the same room for a good many years, she's had her own similar experiences with her own brothers, and I think she understands. Besides which, she's good at staying out of things...so there's that.
But after that moment of liberation, I started to plot a course to better things, and the tide is finally shifting in my favour. I've been offered a new job with more money and better title and better learning opportunities. It's a really exciting change that I think will be better for our family in the long run.
It's not coming without it's fair share of anxiety. At the moment I feel like a great big bungled up ball of whoa...and there's no way to release it because I can't submit my resignation for at least 1 more week. The biggest anxiety I'm having though is putting my daughter back into a daycare situation. There's no way to make it work with commuting to stay home til she goes to school, and be home in time to collect her from school. They don't give parents 5 hour workdays and pay them this great. SO, we're trying to lock down on a sitter that makes the most sense, but it's breaking my heart already. She's been in daycare before. But it seems like I'm giving up the cup of christ by handing her over. It's no easier than when I did it the first time. That's because no matter what job I do for another company, it will always be at odds with my baser instincts of being a mom first.
But onward and upward. In 20 years, when my daughter heads off on her own path, she'll have seen an example in her mother of a woman who stopped at nothing to ensure her family was well provided for, and who broke herself in two trying to be everything to her and her daddy. Not such an awful legacy to leave behind. She'll have witnessed confidence in the face of adversity, and thoughtfulness in a woman who truly looked for every possible way to make the best decisions for her family each and every single day. She'll see a woman who spent as much time with her child as humanly possible, playing, engaging, and caretaking...and she'll see a woman who hopefully made the world outside our home just that little bit better.
The big job changes come at the end of the month and hopefully keep me busy and engaged and inspired for a good number of years to come. I'm beginning the second half of my work journey - and I'm hoping it's a wild and woolly ride!
Onward and Upward.