Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

It’s been a season of quiet reflection and re-calibration for me and my family, as God is clearing paths, closing doors, and opening my mind up to new possibilities. He is not a TAME lion, is he…?

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There’s no such thing as Mommy Guilt. To suggest there is is doing women everywhere a disservice, because the guilt and shame we women take on as a mantle from pretty much birth is in no way restricted to mothers. We all receive it as a legacy whether we want it or not, and we owe it to ourselves, sisters, friends, mothers, and especially our daughters, to take it off, look at it, and throw it in the trash where it belongs, and when someone tries to make us take it back, we see it for what it is, and say “No thank you, I’ve had enough for now. If that’s okay with you. Sorry.” (because girls are supposed to be polite, right?).

Even though I know better, I’ve caught myself should-ing again. You know what I mean…I SHOULD enjoy spending time with my kids even when they’re acting like sociopathic mess machines, or I SHOULD look even better now than before I had my kids because I’ve had 4 years since then to work out, or I …

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