I believe women have the ability to do one of the strongest things on earth and that is to give birth to children. I’ve served in the Army and law enforcement and none of the training and endurance amounts to the strength it took to carry and give birth to four amazing kids while building an amazing career.
Growing up I felt a certain stigma that women couldn’t do the same jobs, men did, so I followed in my mother’s footsteps and went after the most masculine jobs I could find. In my early twenties, I served in the Army and later in law enforcement. I pursued those jobs to prove that I was strong, fearless and just as capable as any man, but what I learned along the way is I was all of those things before those jobs. I also faced the stigma that women couldn’t be vulnerable but had to look out for herself even in her marriage. The 50-50 agenda was pushed a lot when I was growing up, but that’s not what I wanted for my marriage. I wanted something different and was willing to break the stereotypes that said women have to be tough and cold as ice to win.
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Like Brawny®, women are able to absorb life’s issues and keep doing what needs to be done. Early in my life, I sought strength in careers but I later found through marriage, motherhood, and entrepreneurship how strong I really was.
At 24 years old, I retired and became a stay at home wife and mom. I thought that was the worse decision I could have made. I was giving up my own income and relying on my husband. I was giving up work experience I thought I’d need to reenter the workforce when my kids got older. My future felt so uncertain because I was doing things so differently from my friends. While they were building careers, I was exclusively building a family. I started a website as an outlet to share my journey from leaving the workforce to learning how to manage a home. Two years later, I was making an income from that site.
There were many uncertain aspects of my new found career because I didn’t know anyone who was running a website, but I did the work to figure things out. The best part about my journey is I didn’t’ have to give up being a wife and mom at home for my career. Leaving the workforce at 24 years old was one of the scariest things I’ve every done, but also one of the bravest and most rewarding. That decision allowed me to live my life on my terms. Instead of giving up a career or missing out on being home to raise my family, I ended up with the best of both worlds.
Do you have a personal story where you demonstrated strength you didn’t know you had? Share it in the comments below or else I’ll feel like I’m just here talking to myself.