Do you ever catch yourself in a moment and think "THIS IS NOT MY LIFE!?!"

Me....ALL.THE.TIME.

Hey, mama! I'm Kate.

Yep, just Kate. Not Kaitlin or Catherine or Katie or anything remotely fluffy. My parents named me Kate because I was a monster of a newborn and they wanted to me to have a strong/solid name to fit my girth. Hence, Kate. And I love it.

I'm a single mom [three years and counting!] to two little boys, ages 6 and 4, and they're the loves of my life.

When my ex-husband and I first separated I was so lost. I was so confused and nervous about what the future would hold. How would I manage it all on my own, and what I was doing to my kids by leaving? Was he really it for me, and I was giving that up? I loved him so much - what happened? Why wasn't that enough? I worried about what our acquaintances would think about me and what his family would say about me behind my back. I worried.

And yet, within two days of living on our own, I was sleeping better than I had in years. My soul was finally free of the burden that surrounded the living circumstances I was navigating with my boys. And despite years (yes, years of back and forth after the separation - I'll get into that in the course) I knew in my gut that this was the right choice for all of us, including him.

And where did 'Your Own Two Feet' come from?!...

...WELL...I have a Biomedical Science degree from the University of Waterloo and I worked on the Human Health side of the Environmental Consulting industry for nearly a decade (eff, I'm old). In the midst of that career I started a wedding planning company, which became extremely successful quite early on. And I loved so many things about it. But the hours required to keep up in that industry was taking a toll on my, already strained marriage. And then I became a mom and the whole game changed. I realized that I just couldn't continue to plan weddings and maintain any semblance of sanity within my own family life. So I made a choice and let that company go. Fast forward a couple of years, and my husband and I ended up separating in 2016. At that point, without wedding planning as my creative outlet, I found myself searching for "my thing". What got me out of bed in the morning? What was it that I was passionate about? What could I bring to the world?

My story.

My smackdown. My survival. My strength. My rise.

Within the #singlemotherHOOD I share my vulnerability and strength through my own story, and support you through yours.

 

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