This week for the writers workshop I am going to write about 1.) Share something you learned in February. There are quite a few things that I learned during the month of February. The biggest thing I learned during February was that you should never take a day for granted because you never know when it will be your last day.
The company I work for had one of the ladies in our accounting department pass away suddenly and that made me realize that I need to stop taking every day for granted. I have noticed that for the last few years I have just taken for granted that tomorrow is another day but I came to realize this month that I can’t take that for granted anymore.
Another thing I learned this month is how much time sucks. I say that because I always hear that time will heal and let me tell you that time hasn’t really healed anything. I wrote about how I am feeling this month about placing my daughter if you missed that post you can click here to check it out. I had hoped that at almost 9 years later I still wouldn’t be struggling with placing her. I know that I will never forget but I had hoped that it would get easier with time and it hasn’t gotten any better.
Those are a couple of things that I have learned during the month February.
What did you learn during February?
If you would like to join in this week here are the prompts. Also after you write your post make sure you click here and link up your post.
1.) Share something you learned in February. 2.) Top 6 Favorite people to follow on Pinterest. 3.) Update your readers on your 2014 goals. How are things going? Are you staying on track or facing some challenges? 4.) Describe the most vivid dream you can remember. 5.) Your least favorite subject in school.
Wow this past year has changed me in so many ways. I can’t even imagine where I would be if my life hadn’t changed that much. I am going to write about the changes over the last year for me and some of the people in my life. All the changes has been so good for me and also for the people that are in my life.
It was this time last year that they let Misti go at work. I still remember the day they let her go like it was yesterday even though I still wish that is was just a bad dream and that I could wake up for it. I don’t know that it will ever be the same here without her being here. It is even harder to wrap my head around the fact that she has had a baby and is now a mother.
Also anyone who has followed my blog from the start will know that my daughters birthday is coming up and that always makes it a tough time of year for me. I am finding that this year is going to be harder than some of the past years have been. It is always hard to gauge how a year will be for me but I think this is going to be hard for me.
Well that was quite the tangent so lets get back to the post. Other than those things I am still pretty much blogging about the same things. I really haven’t changed what I blog about because I have always just blogged about my life and for the most part my life doesn’t change that much.
I placed my daughter for adoption in July of 2005. I attend a support group for unwed mothers that the agency I was going to had. Not everyone in the group was placing for adoption but I learned so much from the girls that have placed and listening to what worked and didn’t work for them. I figured that I would share some of the things that worked for me and things that may work for other birth parents.
Before I get into them I was researching some things on adoption and I found this article. While I reading through article I found this paragraph and I really liked what it said. I am going to post it here because I think it speaks volumes about how birth parents are looked at by people who don’t understand are choices. Here is the paragraph:
Now on to the ways I coped and ways that others have coped with the greif.
Journal-I wrote out why I placed her in a journal that I then gave to the adoptive mom to give to my daughter when they thought she was ready to read it.
Talk to other birth moms-It helped me tons to be able to talk to other girls who had been though it and could tell me that it would get better with time. I never thought the first year would end but each year it gets easier at least it has for me.
Take one day at at time-There are time where You are going to have to take it minute by minute but know that time will heal the pain. At first the pain is so raw that it is all you can think about but it does get easier I promise.
Build a support system-I helps to have people who know the whole story and whither or not they agree with your choice they will still stand behind you and listen to you talk. There will be times that just talking to someone and having them not try to answer but just listen helps so much. It makes such a difference to just get the thoughts out of you head and have someone not feel the need to try and make it better but just listen.
Allow yourself to feel the emotions-I know in the beginning I wanted to run from the emotions I was feeling and not feel anything but by doing that you are going to be making it harder in the long run. Allow yourself to feel and grieve.
Keep Scrapbooks and/or pictures around-If you were to walk into my room right now the only pictures I have up are the ones of her when she is older. In the beginning looking at the pictures made me feel better but after the first year and even know it is so hard for me to look at the pictures of her while we were in the hospital because I want the baby. I heard from one of the girls in the support group that her child became two different people in her head even though she knew they were the same. She like me wanted the baby and not the child that she is now.
If you need help ask-Don’t be too afraid to talk to a counselor if you are having a hard time deal with all of the emotions. I saw one quite awhile after I placed my daughter and that helped me so much.
When I think of more ways I am for sure going to post them and if you know of any other ways to cope please leave a comment so that I can add it to my next post.
Some of you will know that I love music. I always have it on at work in the background and I usually have it on at night when I am designing or surfing the web. I always seem to have songs for everything that I have gone through or are going through. When I was pregnant the song “Welcome To My Life” by Simple Plan was how I was feeling. Every time I hear that song now it brings back all of the memories and feelings I had when I found out I was pregnant.
Right now the song that describes how I am feeling is by Cher from the movie “Burlesque”. It is called “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”.
I love this song right now because I feel defeated. There is a lot going on right now that I won’t get into but this song says how I feel right now. Like the song says you haven’t seen the last of me. I will get through everything that is going on and I will come out on top!
Do you have songs that explain certain parts of your life?