MY JOURNEY

Catherine De Freitas
Posted May 11, 2020 from Trinidad and Tobago

My life has been what the caterpillar has to go through before it can become the butterfly. The valley moments seemed never ending. For as soon as I overcame one challenge there was another one waiting for me. I did not realize it at the time but it was those said challenges that helped to transform me.

I have experienced what some may call literal heart pain in waves. The loss of my mom, followed by my divorce, losing my business crushed me. I almost gave up but my relationship with God helped me to persevere and continue. I may have experienced some losses but I am grateful that I did not lose my mind!

At the time of my divorce I had two young daughters and being a stay at home mom I now had to find a way to take care of my girls. After struggling financially for two years I eventually got a job. I wanted to show my daughters that with hard work, consistency and a stick to it attitude one can achieve anything. 

Today my daughters are young ladies with the eldest in University and the youngest is in high school. Even with what is happening in the world today their positive attitude is an inspiration for all of us. I am happy to say that I have been teaching for the past few years. Something I thoroughly enjoy.

I have learnt to always try to see the positive in challenges and not stay focused on the negative. It has helped me and continues to help me today. In life there would always be storms but we have the tenacity within us to overcome anything. I believe that this chapter of my life is now beginning as my wings are now strong enough. I am humbled.

I am NOW the butterfly.

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Tamarack Verrall
May 11
May 11

Hello Catherine,
Such an inspiring post about what you have been able to make happen for your life and for your daughters. I love the analogy to the emergence of a butterfly. All that time and effort to burst forth into the success and joy you now have in your own work and in what your daughters are now accomplishing. Soar on, you beautiful butterfly sister!

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you so much my sister. Your words have also encouraged me. I appreciate you. :)

Chidimma
May 11
May 11

Hi Catherine. Hope your good. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.
Stay safe.

Catherine De Freitas

Hi my friend. Thanks for your reply. I am good thanks by His grace. I hope all is well with you. Take good care of yourself. :)

wanico
May 11
May 11

Hello Catherine,
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. Happiness is a personal decision and nourishing your life with positive vibes make you level headed and resilient in the face of all struggles. stay safe and keep your daughter safe.

Catherine De Freitas

Hello Wanico, well said and thank you for such positive words. Blessings to you sis.

Chi8629
May 11
May 11

Thank you for sharing .
Your smile is contagious.
Don't stop smiling .
Thank you.

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you so much for such kind words. You blessed my heart. :)

Chi8629
May 11
May 11

Anytime love .
Please stay safe and healthy .

sylvia.feijen
May 11
May 11

Hello Catherine,
That's a wonderful story that you shared and so inspiring to the world. You are an amazing role model for the ones around you and especially to your beautiful children. I can tell that they're going to follow their mother's footsteps by always pushing and working hard for what they want to pursue. I'm so happy for you and proud that you pushed through all of those tough times and made it to where you are now; to where you want to be. I wish you all the best and hope many blessings come your way.

Catherine De Freitas

My beautiful sister, Your kind words touched my heart and would encourage me even more. I appreciate you. Abundant blessings to you. :)

Dawn Arteaga
May 11
May 11

Hi Catherine, What a beautiful sharing - and congratulations on the success of your daughters!

Catherine De Freitas

Hi my beautiful sister. Thank you so much. I would continue to press. Blessings to you. :)

mahihadish
May 11
May 11

Hello caterine it was such inspiring and motivation thanks for sharing

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my sister, I am so happy that it was inspiring. Thank you. Be blessed. :)

Adanna
May 12
May 12

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story Catherine.
Continue to soar butterfly :-)

Love,
Adanna

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you so much sis. I appreciate your encouraging words. Be blessed :)

Thelma obani 2020
May 12
May 12

Keep winning and flying. Your an inspiration to many. Thanks for sharing

Catherine De Freitas

I truly appreciate your kind words sis. It blessed me. Take good care of you and abundant blessings.

Hello Catherine,

From a fellow Trini, thank you for this wonderful and inspiring piece. Your ability to overcome the challenges you have experienced, your tenacity and your purpose to walk or should I say "fly" into your destiny. Keep writing my sister, keep sharing, and fly my sister fly.

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my wonderful sis. It is such a pleasure to connect with you. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it very much. :) Much Love and blessings.

Jill Langhus
May 13
May 13

Hello Catherine,

Welcome back! What an awesomely, inspiring comeback story.... love it! Thanks for sharing. Hope to see even more posts from you soon.

XX

Catherine De Freitas

Hello Jill, Thank you so much. I appreciate your words of encouragement. It is so nice to be back. Hugs :)

Jill Langhus
May 13
May 13

You're very welcome!

Thank you! XX

JULITON
May 13
May 13

My dia Catherine, God can't leave his people alone, your a super woman

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my friend, No He can't and He won't. What an amazing God. Thank you for your kind words. God bless you. :)

JULITON
May 13
May 13

Thanks cathy

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 14
May 14

Sorry for this funny story but God is good who gave us this job for a new life to feed your children because in life you must always learn to try to see the positive in challenges and not to stay focused on the negative . Courage and thank you for sharing your story

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you sis :) Blessings to you,

Samri Tekle1
May 14
May 14

Go ahead sister you are strong enough to do better don't stop this strength

Catherine De Freitas

Yes I am :). I was born to soar. Thank you for your encouragement sis. Be blessed.

esther atosha
May 14
May 14

catherine!
thanks for sharing your experience. keep your head up brave women!

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis, Thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you. :)

madison2308
May 14
May 14

Hello Catherine,
Your Daughters are so fortunate to have such a positive role model in their lives. I am sure they will use the lessons you have taught them to become successful adults. Like you said, it is important for us to view difficult situations as a lesson which better prepare us for the future. I am happy you have remained positive despite everything. Thank you for sharing and keep shining bright!

Catherine De Freitas

Dearest Madison, Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words.
I am so proud of my daughters :). I appreciate you. Blessings always.

Sampada Sapkota
May 14
May 14

Hello dear Catherine,
Hope you and your beautiful family is safe and well!
What you've done in your life is really inspiring. The most admirable thing is you never gave up!! And now, your efforts are reflected in your daughters' personality .. Truly dear, you are a butterfly!!
Stay safe, dear.
Sampada

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my beautiful friend,
Thank you so much for such kind words. I think my daughters would smile to hear you say this. :) Please stay safe as well. Blessings always. :)

Vanora.Lee
May 15
May 15

So glad to hear you have God inside and you never lose faith in Him. Keep going, sister. May God continue to bless you and your family!

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my friend, thank you for your kind words. The Lord is indeed my Rock :) Abundant blessings to you and your wonderful family.

Fanka
May 17
May 17

Hello Catherine, thanks for sharing.

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you as well. :)

iam_mrsfletcher
May 18
May 18

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am also from sweet TnT but presently living in the Cayman Islands. Your story is so inspiring! I have also had my share of trials but I understand now that those trials were there to make me stronger, humble and fearless. My faith increased significantly and I found favor with God :-) Continue to soar like an eagle into your destiny.

Stay safe!

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my Trini Sister :). It is so nice to connect with you here. Thank you for reading my story and yes trials make us stronger. You are a champion and I thank God for you. Your kind words inspire me. blessings always.

Sanjali
May 19
May 19

Hi Catherine,
More power to you sister..You are an inspiration. ❤️

Catherine De Freitas

Hello Sister, thank you. Abundant blessings. :)

Elisa Tegha
May 22
May 22

Hi Catherine
So inspiring
With God we can always overcome.
Keep focus on him he never fails
Great and mighty things he has done and will do.

Elisa Tegha
May 22
May 22

Hi Catherine
So inspiring
With God we can always overcome.
Keep focus on him he never fails
Great and mighty things he has done and will do.

Catherine De Freitas

Amen Sis. Thank you for your kind words. Abundant blessings to you. :)

Mbizo Chirasha
May 29
May 29

That is a powerful story , a journey of resilience.

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you sir it sure is. We continue to press. Blessings to you.

Mbizo Chirasha
Jun 01
Jun 01

We keep on keeping on ,SALUTATIONS.

RIZIKI BADERHEKUGUMA

Vous m'avez inspiré. De fois je me dis que personne n'a souffert autant que moi surtout quand je pense à toutes ses humiliations mais grâce à toi je sens qu'il ya une force qui entre en moi et je sais que ça aussi va passer grâce à mon Dieu biensur.

Catherine De Freitas

My beautiful sister. Indeed our God is always with us and yes you would overcome everything. You are special. May His love hover over you today and everyday. God bless you. :)

Sinyuy Geraldine
May 31
May 31

Hello, Catherine, everything in life depends on our attitude towards it. You're a very positive and uptimistic person and that is why you were able to navigate through the storms of life. Now you're enjoying the sunshine for the Bible says that though sorrow may last for a night, joy comes in the morning. Enjoy your beautiful butterfly life dear sister and thanks for raising up those girls.
Lots of love from here.
Gera

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my beautiful sister. Thank you for your kind words. For the joy of the Lord is indeed my strength. :) Abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jun 01
Jun 01

You're welcome dear sister. Those who put their trust in the Lord will find their strength renewed.

SUZAN
Jun 08
Jun 08

Your story sounds like the saying, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade out of them. Truth is your not just a butterfly but you are now an eagle. Free, tough and accepting life as it comes. I thank God for you.

Catherine De Freitas

My beautiful sister, I am so blessed by your kind words and I believe them. My daughter actually said that I am an eagle as well as so many others. I am humbled. I thank God for you as well. I am encouraged. Blessings to you. :)

SUZAN
Jun 09
Jun 09

Bless you to dear. Life will get better as you remain positive even in the midst of trials.

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you for sharing