My name is Bridget Belden. My life today looks nothing like it used to. I’m now working for myself doing something I’m incredibly passionate about - sharing my journey with other moms in hopes of helping them reclaim themselves.
It wasn’t always this way. I had always been so focused on building my ultimate dream and worked hard to make that happen. I went to a good school, got a good job met and married my handsome husband, Charlie, and had 2 beautiful kids.
While everything looked good from the outside, on the inside I was crumbling.
I was so busy taking care of and doing for everyone else, I barely had time to stop to consider what was important to me, and that began to wear on me. As much as I loved my family, I felt disconnected from them -ashamed because I wasn’t happy with my life that I had created.
On those rare occasions when I had a few moments alone I found myself wondering ‘Is this all there is?’ Can you relate to that?
I didn’t know what was important to me. I asked myself who am I? What am I good at? What is my purpose here? I had no idea and it terrified me. I didn’t want to wake up one day, look at my husband and say ‘who are you and where have I been for the last 20 years?’
I struggled to communicate what was happening. I was trying to figure it out myself and had a hard time explaining to Charlie why the life we built together was no longer working. We were in counseling but just weren’t able to find common ground – I was miserable and he was terrified. The more I tried to spread my wings, the tighter he held on. I was suffocating.
One night, I had a dream. I was standing on the edge of a cliff. I hadn’t yet mustered the courage to jump, but I knew I couldn’t turn back. I felt like I was going to explode. I woke up and realized something had to change.
That dream made me realize the impact that my inaction would have not only on myself but also on my family: How could I take care of their well-being if I wasn't taking care of my own?
In the weeks that followed, I made one of the most heartbreaking and difficult decisions of my life: I moved out.
It was only then that I started to be able to begin to take steps towards the purpose I was seeking. It was time to put myself first. When I wasn’t with my kids on weekends and evenings, I started to explore activities I thought I might be interested in so I could better understand what brought me joy. I began to develop a vision for what I wanted my life to look like: I wanted to do something fulfilling that had an impact on the world, I wanted to travel, I wanted to spend time with friends and family. And most importantly, I wanted to be present to my kids.
Charlie and I continued with counseling and workshops and thankfully after a lot of hard work decided to give it another try. We went away together and shared our vision with each other and planned our life the way we wanted it to look going forward.
Ultimately I discovered
my passion for inspiring kids to take action in the community and founded a nonprofit called Ripple Kids. Empowering young people to make a difference in their communities made me feel alive. I had found my true calling. Before Ripple Kids I had never felt as passionately about anything – until now.
I am so grateful that I am telling my story from a place of fulfillment and passion for doing this work. It took many years and a lot of heartache for me to get here - I almost lost my marriage because of it.
It doesn’t have to be that way. My experience and my training have given me the tools to help moms reconnect with who they are.
Are you ready to become ‘you’ again? Are you wondering ‘what’s next?’ Are you looking for more than just ‘keeping busy’?
Are you ready to find your passion and purpose?
Wherever you are on your journey, just know you too can rediscover what is important to YOU – I can help you. Simply sign up for a free 30 minute Pathway to Purpose Breakthrough Session where we'll talk one on one to dig into one of your biggest challenges you're struggling with when it comes to finding fulfillment in your life. I'll put together a mini plan for you so you can begin getting on with your life!
Click on my calendar link to sign up for a FREE 30 minute Pathway to Purpose Breakthrough Session now. https://calendly.com/bridgetbelden/30min