Hello my fellow sisters!! I'm Valerie Brown, a happy wife of 21 years and mom to two daughters who are 14 months apart. My daughters are now freshman and sophomores in college.
The empty nest has found me & as much as I tried to prepare for this day, there is still a void that only God can fill. Since I’ve dropped off a part of my heart, I’ve been meditating on several scriptures but one that I found is Psalm 31:14, “but as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” It’s definitely a new season where I need God more and more to fill the emptiness and soothe my natural tendency to worry.
I was a stay at home mom for 13 years, returning to work in 2009. Currently, I work as a management consultant for a large consulting firm. I’m also a certified professional coach, and have a coaching business where I educate, empower, and equip women over the age of 40 to thrive in the second half of life. I’m active in the financial ministry in my church and love connecting others to resources. As a self-described personal development junkie, I am passionate about living my best life and using my God-given, unique talents to impact others.
Simply put, I struggled for years trying to figure out what my purpose was. But, God has made it crystal clear to me that I am to inspire and motivate others, helping them reach their goals. Friends have also identified the gift of administration in me, so I’m walking in that as a mentor and accountability partner.
God has brought me through a lot and I’ve learned to incorporate exercise as a stress reliever. My morning routine consist of prayer and meditation, then exercise. I’m an avid outdoor runner and am part of the 1% who has run a full marathon. Running has saved my life because there have been times when I thought I’d lose it. As moms, we have loads of responsibility but between God, running and exercise in general, I’ve been able to hold on. I am grateful to God for my life and count it a privilege to be a wife and mom.
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