"We have this extra time as a family right now. How can we make it meaningful?"
Samaria Williams, my guest in this episode, couldn't have been more timely with her question. The world is slowing down right now, providing us all with the opportunity to look at the families and relationships we've created.
Unbeknownst to her, Samaria's wisdom is perfectly timed for us all. In this episode, we talk about how important it was for her and her partner to take a frank look at themselves and the stories they had around what was possible in life and in parenting. After separating early in their daughter's life, they decided to reconcile and consciously build their family around their values and their sweet daughter.
They chose the road less travelled and faced resistance from the people who loved them the most. "You CAN'T get back together." "You SHOULDN'T give it another chance." "You SHOULD just do it on your own." It's EASIER to parent ALONE..." these were only a few of the stories they held individually and that were shared with them by others.
But Samaria and her partner are rewriting their story with conscious decisions, and by allowing in Grace when they feel like they've given it their all and it's still not working.
I can't think of a better conversation to share with you right now. Samaria talks about how she consistently asks herself "what is the best thing I can do to set my daughter up to live a limitless life, and to avoid her having to spend the rest of her life recovering from her childhood?"
A great perspective from Samaria: psychotherapist, mama, academic and wise, wise soul.
I'd love to hear what you think of this episode, and to hear how you're doing your best in every moment (because that's all we can do). Head over to MamaFuel's Virtual Village to share your thoughts on this episode.
To listen to the previous episodes I mention, check out the conversation I shared with my Divine Self-Care Mentor Elena Lipson, and my heart-filling talk with Lizzy Russinko.
Finally, click here to check out MARGIN, the book Samaria told us about, which feels like one of the most useful books for us all to read right now.
Be well. xo