About Balm to My Soul 7


ElizabethHi! I am Elizabeth, author of this blog, speaker, wife, mother, and part-time therapist. I came to be a blogger in a curious way.  After college, I started my career as a teacher. I taught high school for the first time the year of Columbine.  I still remember the fears of that terrible day.  It affected me in many ways. I love teaching.  It has always been a passion of mine. I have the greatest respect and love for those teachers that shape and mold the children of our future.

After that first year, I suddenly had the desire to further my education.  So, back to school.  I received my Master’s Degree in social work and have been working in the field as a therapist ever since.  I still see myself in many ways a teacher.  I try to teach others how to be healthy, gain coping skills and believe in their potential.

Through the midst of my career and education, I found myself lucky enough to get married to the love of my life.  I thought I had it made. 

Got my education. Check. 

Got married. Check.

Now, kids were next, right?

But, we had a little hiccup. No kids.  No pregnancy. I married later in life, so I started to worry just a little.  Was it going to happen? Were children in my future? Would I ever be a mother? Would my eggs shrivel and die?

These were some dark times in my life.  It became difficult to be around others with children. I didn’t like to go to baby showers or hold infants.  My womb felt so very empty, and my heart seemed to be breaking. I felt broken. It was almost overwhelming.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon. Now, before you freak out about Mormons, stay awhile.  Hopefully you will figure out I am a woman just like you and we have many things in common.  I eat donuts, drive a car, put my pants on one leg at a time, and love Christ. I love to learn about women, so if you stay a while maybe we can learn from each other.

In the midst of all of the pain of infertility, I was asked to be a leader in the Primary, which is a children’s organization in our church.  As I sat in the bishop’s office (a bishop is a leader in our congregation), I asked my husband and the bishop: Are you sure? Why me? I don’t even have children.  How can I do a good job?

Well, after some reassurance, I accepted the calling and went forward in faith. For some reason God gave me a balm to my soul.  Through that calling, I was able to heal my heart a little bit. There were still rough times, and difficulty, but those children began to heal my soul.

Finally, after several years of trying, we were blessed with twin girls. Truly blessed. My heart is ever full because of the blessing they are in my life. Another balm to my soul.

So, last year I went to a conference for women. It was a fun conference and suddenly I started thinking about a blog. What could I offer women? I am certainly not a fount of all knowledge, and so far from perfect that I sometimes get discouraged, but I know women have great power. We are amazing! And, for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about starting a blog dedicated to helping women. I have a little knowledge about human behavior, and thought perhaps I could share a few things.  I also thought I could develop a gathering place for women. I stayed up late into the night researching and writing. I started learning about html and building my site.  I couldn’t stop working on it. 

Balm to my Soul was born.

And, for the past several months, this blog has been a balm to my soul.  It has been an outlet for me to share my feelings. I have felt connected to other women of all shapes and sizes and faiths. That is inspiring to me.

So, if you want, take a minute. Stay a while and share your story with me. Get a new recipe, read about well-being, learn something new, and feel free to teach me something. I love to learn, always.

If you like this blog, well, share it. The more women that gather and share, the more we can all learn. And, if perhaps you find something here that is a balm to your soul, well, that would just be frosting on the cake.

You can follow me here:

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I love to speak to others about a variety of topics related to women, including well-being, depression, anxiety, stress, and my faith.  If you are interested in having me speak, please feel free to contact me here.

 

Stay awhile.  I’d love to get to know you better.


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7 thoughts on “About Balm to My Soul

  • Reply
    misssrobin

    Thank you for using your life to help others. What a wonderful way to use the gifts you’ve been given.

    I am also Mormon. I have been in and out of therapy for year. I’ve struggled with depression for 30 years. I’ve also been diagnosed with anxiety (somewhat recently), PTSD (for many years), and recently Bipolar II. And my husband has moderate/severe OCD. So mental health issues are important to me. Like you, I think there is great power in connecting and sharing our stories. I think it’s so important for those of us strong enough to talk about our experiences to do so for those who aren’t ready yet. I think talking about mental health issues will help reduce the stigma that way too many people still feel. Thank you for being a part of that.

    I’m eager for a refresher and some new ideas on self-care; it’s a weakness of mine that I’m constantly working on. Best wishes as you grow and reach others in this endeavor.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you for your sweet comments. They really mean a lot to me. I wish you the best with your struggles, and will send a prayer your way! Come back soon! 🙂

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    Michelle

    I saw that you pinned me on Pinterest (not that I have a lot there). Anyways, checking your blog out and I love your story. I’d like to follow each other. I like what you write. I just started my blog in January (a baby here) and I love to write about all kinds of things, but my heart is to write about things that help make women and their families stronger, God loving and well, anything that makes life a bit easier. I’ll follow you on bloglovin. That is where you will find me if interested. Enjoying your posts.

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    Kamila

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