I'm feeling a little speechless (rare) at having to introduce today's Member Monday. So, I'll say something that she may not know. I have kept each and every single one of the letters she wrote me when she was 19 and me 15, cohabitating in the third story attic of our house while wrangling the travails of growing out of childhood. Our lives had been meshed together in flesh and blood for so long before that, but there was something about those letters that bonded us beyond the obligation of family. Through those late night scribbles, she taught me about vulnerability, about authenticity, about connection, and about the importance of softening to the wisdom of women we choose to share our life with. She inspires me every day with her fortitude and resiliency. And I hope that in 2014 I can be less of a busy asshat and show her daily how much I appreciate who she is in my life and in the world.
And, with that, I'm pleased to introduce you to my sister, Rebecca Wyckoff Kim:
I am a mama to three beautiful girls, ages 6, 4 and 1, and wife to my husband of 10 years. I am a former ballet dancer, a former middle school science teacher and former stay at home mama. I (finally) figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up and moved back to my home town where my parents still live so I could go back to school. I completed my Master’s in Psychology in 2012 and am now in my second year of a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. I am lucky to have an amazing support system/tribe that allows me to pursue my dream. And I am super lucky that my best friend and one of my biggest cheerleaders is my sister, the amazingly awesome Courtney! (Any requests for embarrassing childhood pictures/stories can be sent my way ;)
What makes you, Becca, feel strong?
I feel strong when I am able to realize my own inner strength in difficult situations. Whether helping my kids navigate a hard moment in their lives, kicking ass on a test even though I didn’t study as much as I would have liked, or getting through a Momma Strong workout despite feeling tired and having three kids do it with me (aka jump on me), these are the moments that I can reflect back on when I need to remember my own strength - and there are many of those moments.