This is me – The real Katie Jo. Together, my Kenny and I have seven babies and four grandbabies.
I am a lover of music and I love to dance (that’s how Kenny and I met)!
I am a daughter of the Most High. That makes me a princess!!
I am an overcomer. I have overcome a failed marriage, a divorce and the stigma and financial fallout that goes with them. I have overcome poor financial decisions. I have overcome poor career decisions and poor economies that led to no career at all. I have overcome the pain of employers, teachers, churches and leaders who failed the system and failed me. I have overcome unhealthy relationships (including those where I was the unhealthy one). I have overcome being the victim of an angry and violent man.
How have I overcome? I am a forgiver. See paragraph above. My heart is big. Too big sometimes, but forgiveness is the only way to move forward. And in some cases, it’s an every day decision. Trust me on this.
I am a struggler. I struggle with self-esteem. I struggle with being enough. I struggle with weight loss. I struggle in my faith. I struggle as a mother. I struggle as a daughter. I struggle with selfishness. I struggle with being too giving. I struggle with money. I struggle with the unfairness and injustice in the world. I struggle with loving people where they are. I struggle with the government I live under. I struggle with my neighbors. I struggle with public education. I struggle with respecting my husband. I struggle with keeping my house clean.
I am a learner. I have learned that I do not have to conform to status quo. I do not have to follow the rules of others in order to be successful. I do not have to compromise my belief system for the bottom line. I do not have to ask permission to be who I was created to be. I have learned that there is no checklist for life. But there is a rule book. My Father wrote it. And that’s the only one I care to follow. I have learned that I am not who others say I am, but who God says I am, and by trusting in Him I can trust in myself.
My story is not outstanding, but it’s mine. I have learned a lot from others over the years. I am surprised at the situations and the people God has allowed in my life (and taken out of it) just so I could learn. Through the pain, the trials, the healing and the wins, I have come to know that being the real me is the only way to be.
I am a lover of life. I want to go all the places and do all the things. Along the way, I want to live every day so that when I see my Lord, I am truly spent from using up all he gave me, and I can hear him say, “Well done. Now go take a look at that new house!”
I pray that through sharing my story here, somehow my experiences, my ideas, suggestions and struggles will be the encouragement you and I both need to know we are not alone, we are enough, and we are fully equipped to be all we were created to be.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.