I sit at the dining room table. The slightest glimmer of the rising sun brightening the sky outside the floor to ceiling window as I take the first drink of my yummy, albeit nutritious, breakfast smoothie. My usual songs of rising playing and my coloring journal in front of me. Oftentimes my morning writing turns into written prayers, as if talking to Him helps to clear my head while also making it all the more real.

The work I am doing. The words I am speaking. The fight I am fighting.

I know He is listening, and yet I often have to remind myself I am not alone in this.

When suddenly I am surprised by the words I am writing, my own words, in the chosen color of pink for today,

Why Lord did you write this story for me if you aren’t going to give people the ears and hearts to hear it?

As soon as I see the sentence, the prayer, it does not take but a half breath for the next sentence to come out of my hand,

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Today’s reading on the First Five app…of course.

Give ears to the earless.

I close my eyes as a exasperated breath escapes my lips, damn it.

Yep, I curse, even when I talk to Him. He knows I am thinking it anyways. And, guess what? He loves me anyway.

Please God, help me to find a way to do this. I pray for clarity, creativity and courage to create the openness…

Perception may be that I am uber successful, the emails I get each week thanking me for my work and also asking to take me to lunch to learn from me speak to this. And yet, most days I feel as if I am jumping up and down, waving my arms desperately and screaming, “Does anyone see me? Can anyone hear?”

I have come to realize I am in the business of the invisible unspoken; I speak my life into a world of people who don’t want to hear my story, in fact some of them actively deny it.

Let’s just start with therapy. The stigma is changing as people begin to not only admit but boast that they see a great therapist and you should too. Yet, mental illness is widely misunderstood by both the general public and I am finding even more so by the medical community; let alone, that happiness is a choice and takes intentional daily work. I am a therapist. People love my resources, my education and inspiration. Yet, they struggle, and sometimes even refuse, to do the damn work themselves.

Then we’ve got my side gig in network marketing with a supplement company that I am very proud of, whose products have changed my life and an industry I love more and more each day. The misconceptions on network marketing and supplementation are endless. People question my motives, products and the industry daily. When all I am trying to do is help myself and others find freedom in their health and finances. Rather, than open up to a different way, what I think is a better way, many choose to stay in their known misery (not much unlike my daily work as a therapist).

Finally, my purpose and calling here on earth; my motherhood, although most won’t call it that. My story scares most people, I am the epitome of life not turning out how you planned, hoped, dreamed or paid for. I am the worst case scenario: tried to have kids, paid a lot of money to have kids and ended the journey without them.

I am childless and a mother.

thedevilwhispers-you-cantwithstandthe-storm-she-replies-i-am-the-storm-1I am the case who lowers the infertility clinics statistics because I did not get the baby and I am the therapist who is helping women thrive through and after this journey no matter what they get. Because despite what the media and the average clinic wants you to believe, not all of us end up with babies; yet there are many versions of the happy ending, I promise.

I am the infertility community’s black sheep and one of the hardest working advocates for anyone no matter where they are in the journey. I know my narrative scares the shit out of most and yet it is my scary story, the permission to speak the unspoken and to say enough that helps so many thrive no matter what they get in life.

I am the general society’s unacknowledged unsuccess story and a change maker, even if only on the tiniest of scales. People want the story of someone who never gave up and got the traditional happy ending. When in reality those stories are actually few and far between because none of us get out of this life without having to redefine something and choosing to thrive thereafter. My truth is about thriving when life did not turn out, and despite what is shared in the media, or even in my own community, I have one hell of a happy ending. I fight for it, create it and receive it every day.

I was made the mother I am to teach and model it for you.

Now sitting on my orange couch flanked by three little dogs, I take a sip of my steaming decaf coffee. I set the timer on my phone for five minutes for my creative writing which begins as a continuation of my earlier written prayers. My handwriting slows down and clears up after I write again, why give me this story if no one is ready to hear it?

Because, my child, it is not about you, it is about them. It is about Me. Therefore go out and love like Me. Walking in the grace and the mess of truth in love and the complicated gray. I promise, you were made for such a time as this and they are listening.

13 thoughts on “A Story the World Isn’t Ready For

  1. Oraly S. says:

    This was beautifully written, thank you, for your writing, your work, and giving a voice to those of us childless women striving to make sense of this new life that was given to us, that we didn’t ask for.

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    1. Thank you Oraly, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! I will keep writing, whether or not the world is ready. ❤

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  2. BnB says:

    It is hard to do the challenging work that you do every single day. Exhausting. Especially when it feels like no one wants to hear it. Yet you persevere, because you know how much it is needed.

    I’ve said this to you before, and I’ll say it again: You are enough. Trust that your message will reach those who need it.

    And know that I’ll always be one of your supporters!

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    1. Surrender and trust, the two things I will always both have to work on and submit to. Thank you for always being there as a friend, a fellow warrior and a huge support! Love you!

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  3. Julie says:

    My entire life story is so different from yours – well the parts where loss and the struggle to understand God’s plan in and thru that loss come in – but I find so much commonality in the emotions and frustrations, and insights, that you talk about on your writing. You’re not only reaching out to those who have lost children (btw: hardly anyone knows I have three in heaven myself besides the two who are living wonderful earthly lives) but to everyone else who knows heart breaking, soul crushing loss.

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    1. I am learning my story applies to all, it is simply a story of life not turning out how I hoped, grief really I suppose. Thank you for reading Julie and always being a great support to my work!

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  4. This is fantastic, Justine. So honest, powerful and life-inspiring. I’m thrilled to follow your blog. So happy you mentioned something on the Haven page just now. Also, the look of your page is giving me something to aspire to 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

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    1. Thank you Robin! So glad we have our Haven community and to connect!

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  5. Pamela says:

    I have asked those same question many times over, Justine. Like you, I came to realize that the process of creating change in opening hearts and minds is a never-ending one. We’ll also never fully understand how many lives we’ve touched along the way. You’ve certainly touched mine xo

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    1. Same to you Pamela! I am so thankful to your work and your support of mine. We are in this together, I am not sure we’d survive otherwise! Thank you, as always, for your support!

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