"Despite gloomy days... and o'er-darkened ways... some shape of beauty moves away the pall."
I was not raised by my biological parents. It was not easy. But I worked really hard in high school because I just knew that there was something better in store for me.
Then something amazing happened. All of the blood, sweat, and tears eventually paid off when I won a New York Times College Scholarship to Columbia University. This only made me trust and believe in the beauty of things always working themselves out for the best. The absolute best.
I felt alone as a young mom so I started this blog. I had ideas about where I wanted this community to go -- even before there was one follower, one comment on a post, or one member of the Mommy Delicious Facebook or Twitter community.
Then something amazing happened. This community continues to grow and be a source of support and inspiration in ways that are truly wonderful.
I danced around my decisions for choosing single motherhood and toyed with the idea of sharing my story here... and here.... and here. Last week, I finally decided to be transparent about my struggles with domestic violence in the hopes of helping someone else.
Then, once again, something amazing happened. My little leap of faith was totally met with an unbelievable amount of love, support, concern, and more sharing by you all. Your stories, your pain, your struggles, your triumphs. The comments, the emails, the Twitter buzz... seriously, you all amaze me.
I cannot say "thank you" enough for all of your kind words. It means more to me than you'll ever know.
Thank you. It just goes to show that pushing forward and pressing harder is truly, truly worth it.
And looking for that silver lining is nothing short of a thing of beauty. And a joy. Forever.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing..."
-- John Keats