Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
After a three year absence, my mom and I have decided to return to the blog world. I’m not going to lie- the last three years have been fraught with change and even despair.
To be honest, I stopped blogging because I couldn’t find inspiration in the thick of my grief for my dad. The desire to be creative was there but the spark just wasn’t. And on top of that, I found myself constantly comparing my life to others in the blogosphere.
As a thirty year old single girl without children (or a husband), I felt that I didn’t fit in anywhere- both in real life and on the internet. Scrolling through Instagram, seeing everyone’s posts filled with pictures of milestones made me feel less than. I’m sure many of you have felt the same way.
Luckily for me, I come from a line of strong women who aren’t quitters. My grandmother, Dorothy McCann Garber, who is the inspiration for this blog, faced great adversity in her life even if it didn’t look like it from the outside.
Her first baby, a little girl, died at birth after an agonizing labor. My grandmother lost a child before she even knew what it was to be a mother. She lost her own mother shortly after becoming a mom for the second time. Her new baby was named Timothy and had his father’s gently sloping nose. Timothy had Down’s Syndrome.
In the 1940s, the world often wasn’t a kind place for these children or their parents. Nevertheless, she marched on and was a devoted wife and mother to two more sons and a daughter. Even after losing her husband at the young age of sixty, she never wavered in her roles of mother and grandmother.
She never complained and rose early each day. She never gave up.
My own mom has showed me just how strong a woman can be. In the past six years, she has lost a husband and learned to live on her own after being a wife for thirty two years. She has shown me that life really does go on after losing someone you love. In the process, we have moved and she has created a beautiful home for us. I am so proud of her.
Going forward, we want this blog to be a space where women of strength and style are celebrated. There will still be plenty of skincare, fashion and interior design tips (because what would life be without beauty) but this time we want to dig deeper into the heart of what it means to be a woman.
Here’s to new beginnings and strong women everywhere!