Everybody will eventually die, but few people truly live.
I want to be one of them, living out loud and holding nothing back. I’m not always very good at that if I am being honest. Mostly, I am a bit of a mess.
But it’s OK, really, because experience is the best teacher, and I am learning invaluable lessons along the way – lessons that are molding me, shaping me, helping me to become a better version of myself.
My name is Lynnette Sheppard, an uncommon name that few people can spell, but it suits me well. I don’t mind being different from the crowd.
A few weeks after my 20th birthday, I married my best friend, Greg. Together, we had five babies, the oldest of which is all grown up, so we are officially in the launching stage. The youngest is eight, so we have a few years to go.
Most of them are teenagers. They keep us on our toes.
When the kids are at home, I am a housekeeper, chef, taxi driver (the mini-van variety), referee, project manager, and life coach. While they are at school, I make sense of the chaos by writing it all down. Writing helps me process the world.
Here at Simply for Real, I write about motherhood, family life, self-worth, intentional living, and faith, but I don’t lock myself into those topics. This is a place for exploration, for thinking outside the box, and for celebrating the messiness of this beautiful thing we call life.
One thing I am passionate about is keeping things real. My little corner of the Internet is a place for real life, real stories, and real growth. It is a journal, of sorts, peppered with perspective from things I learn in the midst of ordinary life.
There is no pressure to be perfect, so come as you are. Hopefully, my words will leave you saying, “Me, too.”
I have a few core beliefs that govern my writing…
1. Motherhood is a divine and fulfilling calling, but it can be overwhelming at times. It helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
2. The purpose of parenting is to teach children to fly.
3. There are too many voices trying to convince women that they will never be good enough, smart enough, successful enough, thin enough, fashionable enough, or enough in any other way. Those voices are wrong.
4. We have a loving Heavenly Father who cares deeply about each one of us. He will help us become the best version of ourselves if we turn to Him. (I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my faith plays a huge role in my life.)
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