It All Started With a Simple Thought
Believe it or not, it all came to me one day out of the blue. Like a bright, flashy light bulb suddenly turning on unexpectedly in my head sparking a moment Oprah would call an “Aha Moment”. What’s even funnier though is how almost a year later, when I think back to the day the "idea" popped into my head, what I now consider to be a big turning point in my life, I can remember every single detail as if it happened yesterday. Isn’t that weird?
But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it wasn’t just a moment when a thought or idea popped into my head and within a few minutes, I’m sitting there scratching my head or twirling a hair strand around my fingers anxiously trying to figure out what I was about to do or what the heck that idea or thought was. This was the thought that has become life-changing for me. The thought that has lead me so far on the greatest journey of my life and one I hope leads to a very happy ending. For the first time in all my existence, I have complete hope and faith that my life path is leading me to a wonderful & promising future I spent years believing I can never have. A life I finally believe I truly deserve and that in itself believe it or not is truly a miracle.
I was sitting in my living room one hot, humid summer day in July, catching up on the Season 4 episodes of Bravo’s “Housewives of Orange County” that I had set-up to record on my TiVo, since watching television during the week was practically impossible. With my demanding 50 hour a week work schedule at the time along with Isabella’s cheerleading practices two afternoons during the week, and gymnastics and dance class on two others, it was considered a miracle that I was able to stay up past 8pm on most nights! I'm sure some reading this may be wondering right now how I could have managed it all being a single mom. Well.....lets’ just say that’s a whole other future post in the making.
So anyway, the episode was the reunion special they aired right after the last episode of the 4th season. A conversation with one of the housewives Vicki Gunvalson sparked up a conversation that entailed talking about her past life before her current one behind the gates of Coto de Caza. She began talking about how she went from being a single mother of two young children at the age of 29 with no college degree and barely any income to pay the bills to the luxurious lifestyle she lives today, because she refused to believe that a life of struggle was the path God had chosen for her. She went on to explain that she had way too much energy, passion for business and love for life to let her struggles as a divorced single mom with no child support bring her down.Continued on the next page