There Needs To Be Something For Everyone
If you enjoy reading lifestyle blogs, you may find many authored by women who offer amazing tips and hacks on everything from cooking, cleaning, and decorating, to budgeting and time management. I find much of the content on these blogs very useful, as I have begun implementing intentional, simple living in my day-to-day life.
One thing that has stood out to me is that many of these awesome bloggers are married moms who are juggling raising children, nurturing their marriage, and creating and maintaining a thriving home. I also notice in the comments section that their audience consists of other married moms experiencing similar challenges. This makes sense, right? We often share from our own experiences and gravitate toward people who share similar struggles.
As a single woman with no children, I have searched for lifestyle blog communities that address some of the unique challenges that single women face related to juggling various life responsibilities.
Can you relate to any of these statements?
- You are a single woman (never married, divorced, and/or widowed) with no children OR…
- Your children are older or grown, no longer relying on you for their every need
- You would like to improve your time management skills; you find that you are often rushing out the door, running late, and unable to find work-life balance
- You would like to save for a house, pay off debt, be more generous. But, despite making good money, you are living paycheck to paycheck
- You eat out almost every day, either because recipes are too complicated to make for one person, or because you can’t seem to find time to cook
- Your home is cluttered and disorganized
- You sometimes struggle with loneliness and are frustrated with dating, finding it difficult to meet quality men
- Your job or career is stable and pays the bills; however, you are unfulfilled and lacking purpose
I’ll fill you in on a little secret: I have identified with all of these statements at some point in my life (more than one of them applies right now, as I type this sentence!).
The Most Important Thing
I believe that God plays a part in every decision I make, from me choosing to cook a healthy meal (instead of ordering take-out) because my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), to making wise financial choices so that I can pay off debt and not be slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
We find God not only in church on Sundays, or in our daily quiet times, but also in our day-to-day routines. I firmly believe that intentional living begins with God.
My hope is that The Thriving Lady will be a community of women who, like me, desire to live intentional, productive, Christ-centered lives. Although I will always share from a single (for now!) Christian woman’s point of view, I welcome any woman who desires a full, thriving life.
I’m Malika, a single professional living in the suburbs of Atlanta! By day, I’m a clinical social worker. When I’m not working, I enjoy writing, keeping in shape, working out, spending time with friends, and finding unique ways to save money. Yes, I am a personal finance nerd!
Here are a few more fun facts about me:
I Found the Lord As A College Student
I was baptized at the age of 21 when I was a college student (let’s just say that was a long time ago!). Although my journey has been far from perfect, I have been following Jesus ever since.
My Work Is My Ministry
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) currently working in managed care. I have experience in healthcare as well as mental health and worked as a psychotherapist for a private practice. I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness. I absolutely love the field of social work! It is all about empowering people to advocate for themselves and reach their full potential. Although social work is a very challenging field, I consider it a ministry.
I’m A Georgia Peach (although I would never say that out loud!)
I was born and raised in the South, Georgia to be exact. However, many people I meet think I’m from a Northern or Midwestern state because I don’t have a Southern accent. If you ask me, I don’t think I have any kind of accent at all!
I Challenged Myself To Give Up Meat
I have been meat-free (poultry, beef, pork) since 2010. After seeing the eye-opening documentary, Earthlings, I wanted to challenge myself to go without meat for an extended length of time. I have maintained a (mostly) vegetarian diet since then.
Third Time’s The Charm On Weight Watchers
I have been on Weight Watchers three times over the course of my adult life! During my third run on the program (starting in July 2017), I lost about 27 lbs. I believe that Weight Watchers is one of the most reliable, sound weight loss programs out there. I am a huge Weight Watchers fan and would encourage anyone to give it a try!