#ATOEpiphany: I Lost Myself

ATO Epiphany / Breaking / Carousel / August 24, 2016
Name: Kristen | City/Town: Newark | State/Province: DE
Sincerely Syreeta: When did you have your #ATOEpiphany and what were the circumstances that preceded it?

Kristen: Becoming a mom.

Sincerely Syreeta: What did you find to be most challenging or painful about the situation or circumstance?

Kristen: Failing myself and others.

Sincerely Syreeta: What did it teach you about yourself?

Kristen: I am strong, human, and that I didn’t fail. I overcame obstacles.

Sincerely Syreeta: What did it teach you about life and people?

Kristen: There’s a different story for every person and that’s what makes us unique.

Sincerely Syreeta: How did you get to the space where you could honestly say, “this happened…and that’s okay” without feeling any negative emotions (or at least significantly less)?

Kristen: I had nothing, and I mean nothing, and the others I was concerned about judging me, helped without me asking. They recognized my efforts and let me me know [that they] were triumphs not failures. I realized I was the only one judging me so harshly.

Sincerely Syreeta: What words of wisdom would you pass along to someone else that is experiencing something similar?

Kristen: Never give up. Enjoy the ride.

Sincerely Syreeta: Since having your #ATOEpiphany, how do you live your life differently now?

Kristen: I get to live instead of waiting.

Sincerely Syreeta: And in keeping with the idea that things don’t happen to us, rather for us: Why do you think that this may have happened for you?

Kristen: I lost myself before I even knew that I had.

Sincerely Syreeta: If you could sum up your ATO Epiphany in one sentence that ends with “and that’s okay”, what would it be?

I lost myself… and that’s okay.

Photo credit: Krissy Sheehan

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