As mother's we can be hard on ourselves, as women we can be hard on ourselves and as home educators we can be hard on ourselves. It is an easy pattern to fall into and a hard one to get out of. During those first years of motherhood and then home educating I often felt like I was just winging in (ok I still feel this way) and making my way through life moment by moment figuring it out as I went along. When something did not meet my expectation or go the way I would have preferred it to I immediately blamed myself and would feel like I had somehow screwed up. Sometimes mistakes were my fault, often though they were just part of life and I needed to work not on preventing them or living a perfect life but rolling with the waves of life better as they came along.
A special thanks to my friend Connie:a wise, gentle, loving and encouraging woman who reminds me it is okay and good to be me and to love myself where I am at. A woman who lives out what she says and is learning to be free herself.