About Me

Hi there!

My name is Cherie and I’m here to help you overcome the dirt you’ve been given in life so that you can achieve your dreams.

I understand struggle.

Living with chronic illness you may have experienced many of the same things I have beyond trying to feel well, including being a single parent,  financial dirt and even homelessness.

Life is Muddy and I found out really fast that I had to learn how to embrace the dirt I had been given.

Throughout the survival part of my life, I didn’t think that life would get better. No real support system, living with all kinds of fears and very little skills for gainful employment, so I thought.

I’m pretty much self taught and had been using and studying how to use office programs on my own, I just needed real life experience to put it into practice.

My first break was when the number one person for a position I had applied for took another job. I was not first because I lacked experience on a piece of paper. But they were willing to give me a try because they needed an office person NOW.

My first day

I was handed two HUGE 3 ring binders and my boss told me that he didn’t really have time to train me right away (he was one of the instructors at the Karate School). I was to look through the manuals and if I had questions to let him know. Great…. Learning on my own again.

FINALLY someone who got me! He had put together everything I needed to know, right down to click on this and do that. I have used his training manual methods many times to impress bosses with writing training manuals.

It only took me two weeks to get things down enough that I was asking for more to do. When I went to him and told him that I needed more. I was informed that nobody has ever been able to get through the list of tasks, ever.

I knew then that I had worth… and a whole lot more skills than I thought.

I didn’t keep that job although it was my most favorite ever. I was a single mom and the hours were not very single parent friendly. When I made the choice to move on, it was not an easy one.

That boss? He is one of my best friends and I still confide in him a lot.

I’m here to help you find your worth if you’re struggling with it.

Living with dirt, how can I possible still dream?

Dream…seriously, dream big no matter how ridiculous it seems. The one thing that I’m the best at is dreaming. I have put together marketing ideas in about 20 seconds connecting not one but three different blogs/causes/industries.

I love it. I love, love, love coming up with an idea for someone and have them happily skip off to implement it.

Dreaming for people is a passion I have always had. I like to be the support person, the #2 instead of #1. To find the resources people need to get to where they are going.

My favorite thing in the world is to make my boss’s life easier. I want to work for you!!

Where are you on your dreams?

Well, I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t think that I had really achieved any of mine yet. It wasn’t until one night before Mother’s Day that I realized that I was already living one of my dreams.

I have had a dream since I was a child to have a homestead or a farm or something along those lines. It’s one that I shared with my childhood best friend. We’d dream about living on a farm together, raising our children together.

When I dream this dream I visualized myself always in the kitchen. My job is to run the household and keep everyone fed. Each time I have the dream, our table is huge, very long and none of the faces down it are alike and yet everyone is family.

I’m there.

I made it.

Is it everything I thought it would be? Is this the family I saw in my dreams? I’m not sure, I was too young when I first had the dream. I buried it somewhere along the way and I don’t even remember when. It still burned inside of me even though it was buried.

Here I am. I have reached a goal in life and didn’t even realize it. It may be modified from what I thought it would be, but it’s still here.  

In all honesty though…

Confession: I am not even close to being as healthy as I am in my dreams.

Life has not been good to me. I suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and obesity. I’m pretty much scared shitless of everything beyond my home…. the list is long and I know that so many of you can relate.

I have made huge mistakes in not taking care of myself. Some out of pure exhaustion and having no more to give even to myself. Some is out of not having the right health care team.

Successes! I’ve been able to lose 40 pounds without exercise.

On my own and all I did was change what I was eating. Seriously, I HATE to exercise. I’d much rather find things within my own routine of taking care of my home to use as exercise than to go to a gym. I got off the couch and both myself and my home are better for it.

I’ve found plenty of ways to do this in everyday life. I am excited to share them with you.

I’m also navigating a new approach on my own healthcare. I started seeing a Homeopathic Doctor and so far it has been the greatest thing that has happened.

She started with my gut. I knew what my body needed and I have finally found a doctor to back that up. Food IS medicine.

I’m no longer taking stomach medication or experiencing many of the symptoms that I had in my gut. I’m healing my body (and losing weight again!) with good food.

Do I still have chronic pain and struggle?

Very much so but I know that if I continue to set goals and implement baby steps that I can achieve better wellness in my life. I may never be considered “healthy” but as long as I can live happy, that’s good enough for me.

As I travel through my own journeys, I want to share with you the tools I am finding to help you along the way too.

Another confession: I don’t really have a homestead…. Yet.

In May of 2016, the love of my life bought his first home. A dream he was able to fulfill by working hard on his own dirt.

While looking, we had a dream property of several acres we wanted but our budget said otherwise. So, we are creating an urban homestead in a small town we adore. That’s ok!!! I’m finding out that our little .26 acre is just fine for what my ability is at this time.

I’ve always dreamed of helping others

I’ve been attempting to save the world since I was a child. I was often told I couldn’t. My answer was always the same….. Watch me.

I have helped many along my way in life. I’ve helped get businesses going, non profits, helped people find their way in a health journey and all kinds of things. Isn’t that what a good friend is supposed to do?

I want to help more. That’s what I want this blog to do.

Welcome to The Muddy Puddle

A place I’ll share what I’ve learned along my way in life to cope with being shoveled dirt, one truck load after another.

I’ll also share tools to work with new dirt that will come up so that you can achieve your life dreams, even if they need to be modified. <3

The first step is to dream.

What dream would you like to start with?

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