The funny thing about hurricanes is that we never really know the extent of the damage and devastation they will cause until they’re over. That’s right, we have to literally let them do their thing, run their course & once we know the coast is clear, we can go in and start the recovery process. I’ve been through my fair share of storms; as a matter of fact, I’m writing this on the eve of the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, from a small town located about an hour west of New Orleans. As I await Hurricane Ida‘s landfall, I can’t help but think about where I was 16 years ago and compare it to where I am now. All I can say is, “We cannot call it a comeback when it’s clearly a GLOW UP.”
When I tell y’all that I’ve been through some storms, I mean it in every sense of the word, both literally and figuratively. Storms and struggles are both inevitable. You see, that’s the one thing we all have in common, sis. We all struggle with something, and at the end of the day, we can prepare ourselves, wait for the storm to pass, and then begin the recovery process. What if I told you our setbacks all serve as part of our glow up? I cannot wait to shine a light of hope in your direction!
As Idas’s outer bands begin to introduce themselves to me, allow me to present “The Recovery Glow Up According to Norma” a weekly blog focusing on recovery and self-healing. I want to share things I’ve learned through my recovery process and tell you about the beauty I have received in exchange for the ashes of my past. No two hurricanes are alike, but if we look for similarities in them and apply the lessons our experiences have taught us, we light the way for others, and that’s where the real GLOW UP is.
I’m looking forward to sharing the story of how the most significant storm of my life led me to the ICU for two weeks, jail, rehab, and eventually here. As I batten down the hatches, make yourself a note to come back next week; it might get a little ugly, but we will see brighter days.
After every dark night, there’s a brighter day. ~Tupac