Posted in I Am Michelle Clarke

A new season

Do you ever just feel like your life has drastically changed?

I’m feeling this so much lately…

I don’t know where the successful business women has gone and it seems so strange to me.

At one point in my life, my businesses were my main focus!

Is it as simple as a change of priorities? Many mothers are still successful in business…

I actually was one of them when I was a mother of one. Fast forward to 4 children later and i’m almost dizzy with ideas that I’m just not able to fulfill right now.

Does this mean that i’m no longer successful? What is success?

My husband is forever telling me what an amazing mother I am so why am I still constantly searching for that next business venture to fill the gap?

I feel that I need to move closer to God.

Only God can fill my voids.

In my head and heart I know this but the bills still need to be paid and hubby has been doing it solo for too long!

Months before the lockdown, I had launched my gospel exercise class and it was amazing! I was quenching my business thirst and it was bringing others closer to God through the use of His word. Amazing!!!

Finding out that I was pregnant again was a huge shock and once again meant that my business had to go on hold.

I was no longer doing something just for me… the void returned.

It was back to being just a wife and mummy. Both roles such a blessing and roles that some can only ever dream of but I’m not fulfilled by just being either.

I Am Michelle Clarke! I’m not just a wife or a mother. I’m more than that. Right?

I’ve always wore so many hats that just alternating between the two makes me feel like a failure at times.

My eldest child knew a hard working mama who was working part time during the day and the evening, running a dance school, delivering dance workshops through my own programme and even gaining a childminder qualification.

That woman was once me. Where is she??? That’s still who I yearn to be but what if that’s not God’s plan?

What if my children are now my ministry?

What if God is saying that being a great mother and a supportive wife is all that is required of me during this season?

I need to let go and let God. Getting closer to Him can only lead me to my purpose.

This year marks a whole decade of having children. I must trust in the plans that the Lord has for my life and stop being disappointed by the lack of plans that I have for myself.

My marriage is healthy and my children are happy. It’s ok to have goals and aspirationsΒ  but there are no shortcuts to true success.

I honestly do believe that in this season, I am just being called to be an amazing mother and lead by example within my home.

So, let me get more acquainted with the Proverbs 31 woman and be successful at displaying such qualities.

Raising children to love the Lord will be more successful than anything on my CV.

Now that’s a success!

Still being married to my best friend in 30 years time is definitely a success.

Father God, I pray that when my eyes wander to the temporary successes of the world that you reign in my focus with your gentle truthful words of who I really am and not who I feel I need to be for worldly validation ofΒ  a successful business woman.

Remind me that you are always my first business and my payment is everlasting love, grace and mercy.

Maybe, just maybe, I’m just called to be a mama.

I look forward to the unavailing of what YOU have for me in YOUR time.

In Jesus name I pray

Amen

 

Posted in I Am Michelle Clarke

Attention please πŸ“’

Nearly everyday I post to my followers and more than half of the time, my posts are read with very little or no interaction…

I often do wander why you would follow someone to not interact with them. It seems its a FOMO situation ( fear of missing out)…

My husband and I have CHOSEN to share our pregnancy 🀰🏾

Remember, it’s his child too so therefore, he is the ONLY person that I need to be answerable to….

I understand the excitement of a pregnancy announcement but please, if you don’t usually private message me to ask questions about my life in general, if I’m ok etc, please do not private message me asking what you want about my pregnancy.

For us to share with you is tough enough after everything we’ve been through so please, respect that.

If you’ve ever lost a child and then gone on to have more children, you’ll know that it’s one of the most nerve-wracking things that a women can go through. My husband included. Equally as hard for the dad’s.

We will be sharing what WE feel we’d like to and it’s not up for negotiation and it’s not secrecy. Not sharing all of your private business is not keeping secrets πŸ˜‚ Like, really???? πŸ€”

So yes, to conclude, if I or my husband do not interact with you in that way and now I’m receiving questions because you are curious and WANT answers, they will be read but not answered if we feel they are more nosey than concern.

Having more children after loss will never change the fact that we are bereaved parents who are going through an anxious time with each new pregnancy so please be respectful and just be honoured at the fact that we chose to share at all!

Only God owns the rights to my life. To HIM, I am forever thankful and to HIM, I owe everything πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Michelle 😘

Posted in Motherhood

Here we go again..

Hello everyone πŸ™‹πŸΎ

Hopefully you all remember who I am as it’s been so long.. πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

So, I guess my feature picture says it all..

There is great reason for my absence. It’s called very busy tired mama syndrome, especially when pregnant 🀰🏾

The Clarke household is about to increase by one little human.

Totally shocked this time around but what a blessing πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

I was busy planning my 40th birthday with my husband and now, we’re planning a new arrival 😲

I don’t normally do this but I have decided to blog about this pregnancy as it will be the most difficult to get through by far!

I believe that sharing this experience can also help other more mature mama’s who are going through high risk pregnancy’s or who are wanting or who already have large families πŸ’•

Hope you’re ready…

Let’s do this… AGAIN πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ

Posted in New Creation Dance

My God is AWESOME!!!!

So after so much praying and just being obedient to the vision that God was giving to me. God has done it!!!! New Creation Dance and Fitness is here and classes will begin in January 2020!

You can obtain more information by sending an email to newcreationdanceandfitness@gmail.com

It’s time to get spiritually fit! Let’s do this!!!

More information to follow.

In the mean time, please share this post with your friends and family. Let’s give God all the glory!

Michelle x

Posted in I Am Michelle Clarke

Let’s get social

Hi everyone πŸ™‹πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

So, social media is for being social right?

Thank you so much to everyone that has followed this blog. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you πŸ€—

You can also follow me on social media by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

https://www.facebook.com/IAmMichelleClarke

https://www.instagram.com/IAmMichelleClarke

Looking forward to connecting with you πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»

Michelle 😘

Posted in Family

We have a 9 year old!!!

April 25th 2010… That day, my life changed forever. It was the most amazing feeling to have my new baby girl placed onto my chest for skin to skin cuddles.She was so warm and weighed a very healthy 8lbs 9oz!We had our first set of mother/daughter cuddles until it was time for me to be whisked off to theatre to be sewn up following my 4th degree tear!!! Ouch 😲Fast forward 9 years later!This morning, we watched our 9 year old enjoy opening her cards & gifts, playing with her siblings, dancing, taking phone calls ( on HER phone) & generally just enjoying her day. She said it was the best birthday ever πŸ‘πŸΎ (She says this every year lol)My heart is full and I have every faith that she will continue to be the most beautiful, kind, sensitive & caring human being that she is.God is so good and we are giving HIM all the glory today and always πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Let’s eat cake… πŸŽ‚

My babies…πŸ’žπŸ’žThe birthday girl…πŸ‘§πŸΎDaddy’s girl…πŸ’žMummy’s girl…πŸ’žTime to get some sleep and do this all over again on Sunday for hubby’s birthday πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

Posted in Family

She’s here πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Happy to announce that on Monday 11th February 2019 at 10:55am, Praise Sarai Clarke was delivered weighing a very healthy 8lbs 7oz πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ

It still hasn’t sunk in that our blessing has arrived. We are so thankful πŸ™πŸΎ

Praise is now 7 weeks old and we have both been discharged as fit and well πŸ™ŒπŸΎ ( Thank you Jesus)

The past 7 weeks have been very up and down with my caesarean recovery but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I didn’t heal as quickly as I did with Jackson, but eventually, I got there. I’m a 38 year old mama who’s previously had a c section and with two other children to chase after (one being a toddler) so I guess my healing would’ve always taken longer.

I’ve shared a little bit of my journey on Facebook but I’ve mostly shared on Instagram.

Follow me on both – I am Michelle Clarke

Feeling so blessed to be given this opportunity to be a new mama again. I’m so inlove with our newest member of the family and she is deeply loved by us all.

Posted in I Am Michelle Clarke

Coming soon…

I have so much to be thankful of in my life right now.

Coming soon doesn’t even cut it! I’m so grateful for God’s love and guidance.

This journey is truly humbling and i’m enjoying evolving into who God wants me to be.

Stay tuned for regular updates about what God is doing in my life.

 

I welcome you all to witness this journey. God is good!!!

God bless you xx