Billi BalmentYWCA - Court Support Worker
Billi's Story :
“INSPIRE – The Women’s Portrait Project ” popped up on my Facebook page and I thought ” how intriguing!” So I clicked and began reading.
As I read, I was introduced to the real women behind the many faces I had recognized and some new faces too. I found myself thinking “WOW” what a way to acknowledge these dynamic women who believe in this community and do what they can to make it a better place.
Literally 2 days later, I received an email from Heather Doughty and was completely shocked and overwhelmed that someone felt something I did was worth enough to be nominated for something so incredible. Something that many women I am inspired by are acknowledged in and deserve to be nominated for.
You see…. I am just me.
I am an everyday woman doing my best to make ends meet, find that happy work/life balance and a mom who cries herself to sleep at night wondering if I am getting this whole mom thing right.
To tell you the truth, I am not at all who I expected to be at this stage in my life or where I thought my journey would take me. I am a single mom who makes mistakes, I have had many struggles and I still feel like I am trying to find my way in this world.
I have faced humiliation, exhaustion and defeat, but have had many positive and life changing experiences. I have worked with many courageous women navigating their own stories and trusting me enough to walk along the way with them, which in itself is a privilege.
I have been blessed throughout my journey because of the many people in my life personally and professionally. The individuals, who have walked beside me, picked me up and even given me a reality check. The same individuals who believed in me and never gave up on me during my darkest days, whispering “You got this” even after I believed I had nothing left to give.
Still the most powerful motivation in my life that keeps me going and really is my greatest inspiration, are the little voices that have said : ” Mommy, I love you . ” “You are the best mom in the world.” or ” Mommy, I just need a hug from you today. ”
The voices that have no clue how many times I felt like I failed them, yet are the passion that never allows me to give up, encouraging me to keep striving to be the best mom, advocate and person I can be.
You see … I am just me. I am an everyday woman; surviving this everyday life.