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How Strong Women Rise Above Life’s Challenges: My Story

What do you do when life gets hard? Like no warning, chews you up and spits you out kind of hard?


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I am partnering with the makers of Pine-Sol®  products in a sponsored campaign to share my personal story about overcoming life’s challenges. I am sure that there are plenty of people who have been out of work in the past few years, but it doesn’t really hit home until it happens to you. I was once a work at home mom, my husband was employed and he lost his job rather abruptly. After many trials over a couple of years, it was time that I step up. I was able and willing, my part time work at home wasn’t quite making the cut, and I know I needed to help.

I have always worked different jobs since high school, so I had the experience. It was tough for me to get back into the work force after years of stepping out of it. Have you ever been without income for a period of your life? It’s beyond stressful, especially with children involved. It was such a struggle to be able to cope with the thought that we might not be able to pay for essentials. What if we can’t pay the gas and electric bill? Will we be able to afford groceries this week? It didn’t help to have a two family members pass away during this time. It all builds up. I cried plenty of tears, sometimes alone.


There were so many times that I just wanted to give up, throw in the towel, who cares? There’s nothing I can do about it, right? We’ll just find a tiny apartment and figure out what to do from there. After about a year, and a ton of effort, I was able to find full time employment. I am not where I want to be, but I like to think that I am one of the lucky ones, because there are some people out there who are still looking. The truth is, we will all fall on hard times, it’s inevitable as a human. Some may be worse than others, but how you rise above it is the key.

We are doing much better now, my job and my husbands career have picked up. Between my family, full time work, this blog and what little personal life I have, I am crazy busy! I’d rather have it this way, any day. So if you are going through something, suck it up, cry some tears, and look for the light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you it’s there. And when the next thing comes around, don’t sweat it, be optimistic. That shall pass, too. Try looking to a role model, I look up to my mother and she was able to help when she could.

Did you know that the average woman has a personal role model, and feels like they serve as one to someone else? When you or someone you know is struggling, offer support, and look to your role models, too. Please visit the Pine-Sol® Women Rise Above page and be inspired by other women and their personal stories of overcoming adversity. You are not alone, no matter how much you feel like it. Share your story with the Pine-Sol® community, and when you do, you will be entered in a sweepstakes* to win a bunch of cool prizes! Does a spa day, a bouquet of flowers, or maybe a house keeper sound nice? Sure does to me, I love that Pine Sol is willing to help those who need a little encouragement!



*About the Pine-Sol® Sweepstakes:


Once a week for 12 weeks, Pine-Sol® will award one lucky winner small tokens of appreciation, flower bouquet + Pine Sol® coupons, ARV: $150. Three first prize winners will receive complimentary house cleaning services for a year, ARV: $2,400. One grand prize winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to enjoy a peaceful spa experience at a deluxe hotel, ARV: $5,000!

Sweepstakes Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older.  Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit Void where prohibited.


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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Pine-Sol blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.


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