I chose the title, “Better Part of Me,” from one of my favorite songs, “Superwoman,” by Alicia Keys. The first verse says:
Everywhere I’m turning
Nothing seems complete
I stand up and I’m searching
For the better part of me
I’m on a constant journey of self-discovery; a journey to be the best me I can be. “Better Part of Me” was birthed a year and a half ago, and was inspired by my older brother’s blog, Tarheels, Grits and Jesus. He and I are a lot alike, and for us, writing is therapeutic. It came 4 months after one of the most devastating events in my life: the loss of my son, Javan Caleb, when I was 21.5 weeks pregnant. I was in a constant state of flux and pain, and was simply looking for ways to heal. In my quest to find healthy outlets in my life within which to address my thoughts, desires, challenges, etc., writing is my constant.
Now, I am in a transition point in my life. I am working on being a better me, a better wife, (step) mother, and now, a better (biological) mother to our newborn baby girl. As I prepare for the next stage of my life, I find myself becoming more transparent, particularly about the loss of my son and the healing process that I’ve gone through over the past 5 years. I feel more pressed to share my story with others, and this blog is the first of what is to come. I encourage you to send me your thoughts, questions, etc. Even topic suggestions.
My desire is that this blog become a place of encouragement, healing and laughter. Happy reading!