Who am I?
Someone who’s decided to jot a few notes along life’s road as l learn to live life from a new perspective.
I’ve lived much of my life trying to be who I thought others wanted or needed me to be. And somewhere along the way the “real Tracy” was lost in the shuffle leading to major battles including codependency (a.k.a. “approval addiction”) and seasons of severe suicidal depression.
But I am now on an amazing journey to rediscover my self, my God, my joy, and healthy relationships. I love the movement going on now for suicide prevention that uses the semicolon symbol as a reminder that our stories aren’t over. But I find that symbol by itself not quite enough for me. That’s why I created a symbol (my “one of these days” tattoo) that has the semicolon right smack in the center of the Alpha and Omega symbols – representing my amazing God whose story has no beginning or end. What is keeping me going is the fact that my story is not solo but is wrapped up in HIS story…. a larger and eternal one. And within that story our beautiful connections with God and other people He has lovingly designed. And in that light, the more challenging chapters of my story can be read with hope and purpose.
I have a feeling I’m not the only one finally learning to move toward who I already am: the person who God lovingly designed me to be in the first place.
What the heck is a “Ragamuffin Oasis?”
Oh, and the reason for my blog name change from TracyMauro.com to RagamuffinOasis.com? In my people-pleasing days, being (or at least appearing) perfect was absolutely everything. But as I have had to face my own past traumas and oh-so-many imperfections in order to survive, I have realized that thriving in life is not about reaching some up achievable state of perfection. It’s not about pretending to never be “raggedy” or hiding when you are. It’s about finding a place – a community – where you can truly be loved, grow, and thrive… imperfections and all!
And, on our journeys to find that Ragamuffin Oasis, there’s a real good chance we’ll help create one for other ragamuffins (a.k.a. all of us) along life’s road.
Please remember to click the “follow” button and submit your email address so we can continue sharing our Ragamuffin stories together. Who knows… some of them may even be included (with your permission, of course) in my future book by the same title!
I’m honored that you’re on this journey with me.
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