Shifting Upward and Letting Go

Mompreneur - WHAT? If you would have asked me if this was my future or calling - I would have very abruptly shook my head with a big “HECK NO” explosively following. I love and adore being a mama to my four children but being a stay at home mom was never in my future…so I thought. I have always been wired to work full-time and have my hands in multiple passion projects along with serving on a half-dozen boards while juggling the wife and mom role as best as I could.

About six months ago - I was starting to feel the pressure and I knew something had to give. Not only for my family but for my personal wellbeing and health. I am a redeemed alcoholic. I have been sober for 3+ years and in order for me to be the best version of ME - I have to focus on ME more then I would like to. Everyday I am learning new things around personal growth, studying neuroscience and faith, listening to books about parenting and marriage, and most importantly I am mastering boundaries. Yep - I said it - Boundaries! I have finally started prioritizing my relationship with Christ, my husband and the amazing four humans I brought in to this world. As I write this - I have tears rolling down my cheeks because for the second time in my life, I did something that changed the trajectory of my life and my families. I was obedient in Christ and June 3rd - I resigned from my full time position in Development after 10+ years to be home with my kids and to pursue a speaking career and start my own business/ministry.

When I decided over 3+ years ago to voluntarily (with a few gentle nudges from my hubby and friends) go to treatment for my generational addiction of alcoholism…that was the BEST decision EVER! Through my recovery I have found my true God given purpose and there is nothing more fulfilling and fun then waking up everyday knowing that I am being obedient and honoring to that calling.

Is it easy? Nope - it’s hard and it’s so dang worth it! If it was easy, I wouldn’t want anything to do with it. Everyday I give Glory to God for being alive and giving me one more day. I almost took my life on Dec 5th, 2019 because I didn’t want my husband and kids to live with an alcoholic - non-present - sick wife/mom. I remind myself when things feel out of reach or hard that I am not alone and I never will be. Anything and everything is possible when we have the Good Lord on our side. We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Why not get super uncomfortable with our bold decisions that we know will make us soar. Soaring and truly living is the high that I was always searching for in the bottom of a bottle and never found it. Now it comes naturally - holistically - faithfully - through believing that anything is possible and then taking action and finding out that it really is!!

Will you come on this journey with me and the other incredible women that are Doing It! We live to see others succeed and live out their true calling. We are here to support and love one another…fully and completely!


**Heather Kittelson is a regional inspiring speaker, podcaster, educator, and minister. As a women of deep faith and many failures - she vulnerably lives each day to share her story of hope and redemption knowing one life could forever be changed.

Her mission in life is to help people know better so they can do better. Generational abundance is possible through taking a bold stance against society norms and family curses. We all have a choice to raise up the next generations with less trauma and replace it with more God-given love, joy and peace.

Heather and her husband Amos have a podcast called Fortitude - Every episode is a personal story of pain and adversity and how each individual overcomes the adversity with Fortitude. This passion project has launched Heather into many new fun adventures.You can connect with Heather on Insta - heatherkittelson, FB - or email**


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