Stand on it
This chapter of my life is called.. stand on it.
The experiences of motherhood will bring out the best in you, at least it did for me. I've moved through life with love and compassion, constantly giving and compromising because I never wanted to be the "problem". Then I realized that I was my own problem, living life to please others.
Recently, I had to step back and think. What example are you setting for your kids? If I don't stand for anything, they won't. If I continue to people-please they will do the same. So in order to set the right example for them, I have to stand on what I say and what I value, especially when it comes to them.
I'm okay with being the bad guy. When you set boundaries that don't cater to others' needs, you become the bad guy. And for the longest I didn't want to be the bad guy, I actually hated it. When I looked back at the facts, I realized I was never actually the bad guy. I was just the one with the boundaries that no one liked. And that's okay, because when it comes to protecting my kids I'll be the bad guy every time.
Motherhood has taught me so much. I still have a long way to go. But I'm grateful for this journey.