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.
...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 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.