My name is Sherri and I started this blog in January 2011 because I was laid off from my automotive “Corporate America” job. The “in-house” payroll department I worked in was outsourced and my job eliminated. That lay off lasted over a year before I started working again.
My real life journey started a few years before this when I was divorced back in 1993, and I became a working single mom. Before that, I had saved up some of my own money and bought a 28 foot camping trailer that was on a lake. I thought it would give my husband and I a chance to spend time together on weekends with the kids, but he was always too busy to join us camping, so I’d take the kids camping by myself. Later on, I filed for divorce. I gave my ex husband the house and 10 acres as I just “wanted out”. I ended up moving the camper into town, and lived in it for the summer with the kids. My mom would come over each day and watch the kids for me while I went to work. The boys were only three and four years old, so quite young at the time. They all thought we were camping for the summer and had a ball at the campground making new friends, but once it started getting cold out, we moved into an apartment. My journey of being a single mom lasted for 17 years.
Long story short, I can tell you that my life has not been easy. I don’t want sympathy, I just want to help people be aware that no matter how bad your life gets, as long as your determined to have a better life and don’t give up, your life will get better.
My ex husband was self employed so I couldn’t rely on child support. He deliberately made it hard for me and blamed me for my own circumstances because I was the one that left him. Child support was few and far in between so I had to rely on myself.
I met a guy several months after my divorce and had yet another child! I was terrified, but Thankfully everything worked out and eventually we ended up marrying…but before that I was a single mom and now I had four small children to raise!
My parents were gracious, and to help me out they asked me to move in with them. After having a tight budget for a couple of years, I paid off all my bills and had actually saved $4,000.00 and bought us a big house! All the kids had their own bedroom now and we lived there for about five years.
My boyfriend helped me rehab the kitchen and bathroom and update the house. He didn’t move in with me because I didn’t want the kids to live in that type of environment. He helped me out with my car or repairs around the house, but I still struggled financially and worked full-time (usually 45 hours a week or more) while raising my kids. Later on I sold that house and made a nice profit. I used that money to buy yet another house with a pole barn, hot tub and in ground pool on 1.8 acres! I still live in this house today.
My past life was a tough time, but looking back I can see how it taught me to be self sufficient and independent. I didn’t realize it at the time, but God was with me through everything. I am thankful for having gone through this in my life because this life experience made me a stronger woman physically and mentally.
In my heart, I believe the kids have grown up to be responsible too as “Actions speak louder than words!” They saw me getting up everyday and going to work, whether I wanted to or not, in the Rain, Snow or Sunshine….I’d bring them to day care on my way to work and pick them up on my way home from work. I’d cook them meals and get them into bed and at times my oldest daughter would keep watch over the house and kids while I went back to work… sometimes until 1:00 am. Usually that only happened once a week, but I’d come home and go to bed just to have to get up in a few hours and start another day. But it still made me feel Independent and proud of myself that I was providing for my kids! This life style lasted about 17 years before I was remarried.
I think because I was a single mom, and having gone through this journey in life, it peaked my interest in learning more about self improvement – physically, mentally, and more importantly spiritually. It was probably the last 3 – 4 years when I really started thinking about my own life and how I wanted to think and feel more positive in how I responded to the different life situations.
I learned that in life there will always be negative situations, but it’s how we think about things that can change our overall feelings and ultimately change how we react to them…responding either negatively or positively. It is possible to take a negative situation and actually turn it into a positive one. It’s all dependent on your thoughts and what you accept into your mind.
When I was laid off, someone I worked with said to me “aren’t you the least bit worried Sherri” and I responded with “what good is it if I get upset or worry, it’s Not going to change the situation at all.” In my own mind, I refused to be upset or worry about something I had no control over. Instead, I looked at the positive. In the last ten years, I always worked through the Christmas and New Year Holidays and this year, I was able to relax and really enjoy the holidays with my family! Now my kids are grown, and I still work, but I spend my free time researching products or information and writing articles online. I found something that I enjoy doing. It’s a Positive experience for me and whoever else might read the information I post.
I want to dedicate my time in helping others feel better about themselves, so I came up with this domain name and decided to dive in head first! My hope is that I can help inspire others to believe in themselves and realize that you are a beautiful person inside and out.
I like to use natural products/supplements rather than prescriptions. My doctor is just amazed when I see her because most of her patients are on some sort of prescription, so I will be posting natural cures or remedies/information as I come across it. I will be writing reviews as I research items, as well as my own life experiences via my blog www.BecomeANaturalBeauty.com in hopes that I’ll inspire or help someone in some way.
A Great way to start this New Year is first by forgiving people and/or things of the past! Let’s all begin a Fresh Start to our New Year, and be more encouraging and helpful to others. Forgiveness may be the most transformational change any of us experience. When we forgive we release both ourselves and the person we forgave from resentment and anger.
Here’s a Great passage from the Bible – Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Click here to read more about my paying it forward page https://www.becomeanaturalbeauty.com/about-me/paying-it-forward/
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. My hope is that you will gain some valuable information from it that you can apply in your own life, as well as in others! Please feel free to leave me comments too!
May God Bless you!