A Story About A Little Seed and A Lot Of Growth

 “The tiny seed knew that in order to grow,
 It needed to be dropped in dirt, covered with darkness, and struggle to reach the light.”  -Sandra Kring

Hi all. Tiny Seed here!

I can relate to the seed, as I am guessing,
 can so many of you. In recent times, I have had the pleasure of having many ‘dropped in dirt’ kind of life experiences. I say that tongue-in-cheek because it hasn’t been all doom and gloom. After all, at the end, the tiny seed makes it and that is the point
 of it all.

My name is Rachel and this is the beginning
 of your foray into my story. My story so far hasn’t been extraordinary in a way that would make headlines in the local paper but it has been one that is filled with raucous laughter (is there any other way), a few tears (just a few ;) ) and lots of tenderness
 and patience when I needed it from the fabulous and compassionate women in my life.

I invite you, the reader, to join me on
 this journey of revelation, self-exploration and jubilation. I invite you to be a part of my daily growth as a person and to share in the few epiphanies that I have had and hope to have along the way. There’s nothing like a good aha moment, eh?

I can bet on the fact that regardless
 of each of our varied backgrounds that constitute our overt differences, we will share and identify with more relatable experiences that will far supersede and surpass the former. This folks, is how sisterhood is birthed and I am so excited for us!

The quintessential valleys and hills of
 life I have travelled thus far have served to shape me into the person that I am today and for that I am eternally grateful.

Yes, grateful even for the valleys!

Why be grateful for the valleys you may
 wonder? It seems counterintuitive to most. When we go through periods of darkness, we rarely have the strength to see the light at the end of the tunnel and more importantly for most, we want to know to why.

Why we had to go through a less than desirable
 situation in the first place. When that happens we want to hide. Our bodies and minds want to instinctively go into protect mode and collapse into the fetal position by folding in on ourselves and lying in a crumpled heap of defeat. We feel hopeless and worthless.

Covered by darkness unable to see the
 light like the tiny seed. This is where it gets good. There is so much positive growth to be gained even from our hardest and most tumultuous experiences and honing the ability to extract said growth is an invaluable life skill, I’m finding. I’m no expert,
 but this is a skill and habit I am excited to continue to develop and share with and even gain insight on from many of you. …more on that in future posts.

All of this heavy lifting cannot be undertaken
 without a little friendly push and an encouraging nudge from time to time, which is where you wonderful folks come in! If you’re wondering how I’m able to speak so authoritatively on this subject it is because I have found myself in the thick of it a few more
 times than I care to admit. But, we now come to the crux of it all. 

This is the chief reason I felt there
 was no better time than this point in my life to undertake writing for this special magazine. It’s time to let it all out in a safe space. It’s time to build upward rather than break each other down. Let’s speak candidly about marriage, motherhood and the
 purpose of our unique lives.

I am no longer ashamed or embarrassed
 about sharing my weak moments.  It is no longer a triumph to be able to pull off an Oscar-worthy moment of successfully pretending that I am ok when I am really not!

 I share because I believe in the undeniable strength of the bond between women
 and their ability to knit together and form a wall of protection around those that need it. I believe in the ability to heal through the revelation of the honest but sometimes hurtful truth. I believe we need nurturing, encouraging words and thoughts sent
 our way and having our voices heard.

I believe we can fulfill all of those needs and more here at the Wild Fire Women
 community and I genuinely look forward to connecting with all of you.

Moving forward, I am excited to share
 my story with you as it continues to shape itself and soon have you be an indelible part of it as we walk together; strengthening, emboldening and fortifying each other with goodness and wisdom.

I am also eager to share with you my special
 interest and skill set in nutrition for women at all stages in life. An aspect of our lives that too many of need help with us and sadly pay little
 attention to. All whilst we give so much of ourselves with all of our hearts to those we love and forget that we need some giving come
our way as well.

Written by,

Rachel Mathew

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