Dear @coachriley25 , thank you for being the best father you can be. I know your days are long, I know you come home tired and I know you don’t get many days off to relax but you still make it a point to spend as much time with Benjamin as you can. You work so hard to provide for him and for that I am forever grateful. He is lucky to have you and have such a great example of what hard work looks like. He is going to learn so much from you and go on to be a great man one day :) - This day is for you babe ❤️ (swipe left)
Must read: I contemplated posting this because I have a pretty interesting relationship with my father. He has lived almost all his life with addiction (alcohol) and untreated mental health disorders. As a result, he was absent for most of my childhood. For many years I resented him. When my mother died that resentment turned to hatred and I went a few years without communicating with him at all. I’m sure his absence and choices contributed to my childhood depression, anxiety and struggles with grief and loss but the beautiful thing about trauma and broken relationships is that you can heal and they can be mended. I realized that though I can’t change my father or make him stop drinking he loves me. My father is mine and my story is mine. People have no idea how hard it is to try to build your own family without any examples because you grew up in a broken one. It’s like you want something different but don’t know how to obtain it. No matter how angry I was I had to realize that I could never change the past so holding on to bitterness was pointless. I thank God daily for my personal growth and the ability to forgive.Today I can relate to all of you in pain. This day was never easy for me growing up and It still isn’t sometimes. I will be 30 this year and still wish I had that father/daughter relationship I hear all my friends talk about. I wish I was that lucky but I’ve accepted that God wrote my story differently and all I can do is try my best to make sure that my son will have a difference experience than I had and grow up in a 2 parent household. Our relationship is not perfect and never will be but I have learned to give myself and others grace which makes this day worth celebrating. ❤️
If your wondering why you never see pictures of @coachriley25 on my phone it’s because my attempts at taking pictures usually end up like this ... 😂😩 - This was the best one I could get. He may be worst than Benjamin when it comes to taking photos 🙄
I love the spring/summer because it’s you@see the prettiest flowers. Every year these flowers grow in from of my house. I don’t know if the previous owner took the time to plant these or if they are weeds lol but whether the case may be I love them.
There is only 5 more days left in the school year. I couldn’t be happier for summer vacation. I’m tired y’all 😩 - I’ve managed to work multiple jobs for the last year which include my 9-5 as a school counselor, a therapist in private practice and virtually, the owner of a non-profit @likegoldinc which is still in the beginning stages , a graduate student and a mother. I believe that being a wife is also a job but I wouldn’t want this post to be too long lol . Re-charging is needed. It’s okay to take breaks and rest. I’m praying the summer is good to me and it’s filled with lots of ocean salt and sand.
Proud School Counselor Moment | Today the 8th graders graduate ! I’m so excited to witness this because as their school counselor I worked so hard helping them apply and get accepted into high school. These kids are making history being the first 8th grade class to graduate at Cheney University. :)
I’m about to start calling myself the muffin lady because I just love a good muffin. Last night I made these strawberry jam almond butter muffins 😋 | It’s was a very interesting flavor combination but I would bake these again. Benji and Sean approved - #Vegan
Shoutout to @eboneezer.scrooge for doing such a good job on my braids. I would highly recommend her if you live in Philly. As you all know I have very thick natural hair and she took her time while detangling, does not braid super tight and didn’t snatch my edges away 😩 #GoodBraidersMatter#INeedMyEdges