The Story Behind "One T.U.F.F. Cookie"

The Story Behind "One T.U.F.F. Cookie"

The quick version of the story: I was happily married (so I thought) and in what seemed like the worse whirlwind ever, I was a divorced mother of two, feeling like a failure because infidelity and narcissism destroyed the family I had dreamed about for so long. I went from living in a home with my blended family to being asked to leave with my boys and finding a condo in what I call "the trap" within 2 weeks of our scheduled move out. I felt like THEE failure of a lifetime. I tried to ignore what my life had become; everywhere I turned, another domino would drop and then came the monsoon of tears.

I could not catch a break. At least, so I thought...

Thanks to a supportive inner circle and an amazing God and prayer life (also, an exceptionally insane covering of grace), my eyes began to open in a way I wish the LASIK surgery I went in debt for could. I realized that while not ideal (for me), my boys having two homes is not the end of the world. (Having a weekend home and a weekday home is kinda fancy, right?) The days of crying that they were gone because I had nothing to do soon became countdowns to Friday evening when they would be whisked away so I could do any- and everything but communicate with juveniles. I got my travel time, my quiet time, my catch-up-on-"Criminal Minds"-even-though-you've-seen-almost-everything time. I got to reconnect with me.

And date, but that's a story for another day. Far, far away.

I was able to reconnect with ME and while there are some times I feel inadequate, I show myself grace and move passed that.

And thus, One T.U.F.F. Cookie was born. I felt that I allowed life to get me down and keep me down way too long, so I decided to get up. Am I perfect? Of course not because no one is. I can, you can, WE CAN, be the example of perfection that changes the world in the best ways possible-- by showing grace and living unapologetically. Regardless of what we were born into, we all have the ability to be

Tough,

Unwavering,

Focused and

Faithful.

We all have One T.U.F.F. Cookie inside; unleash that part of you into the world and watch how you soar. 

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