Sometimes "must do" comes before "can do." When Misty Honnold's husband of thirteen years left her in 1998, the mother of four found herself with the sole responsibility for supporting her family. Yet, it had been ten years since she worked outside the home.
"At first you're in trauma," explains Misty. "You're on auto-pilot, you're hit by a train, you’re in ICU and you know you have to take care of your kids, but you don't know how or what to do for them," as she recounts experiences from that time in their lives.
Misty knew she needed to get a job, but she also knew it could not be a stressful one.
So she started small, finding work cleaning houses. She cleaned the church she attended and worked part-time at a fast-food chain. She also enlisted the help of a counselor.
Five years later, after regaining her footing, Misty decided she and her children would relocate from Lexington, Kentucky, to Kansas City, Missouri. She had learned of a faith-based organization headquartered there that offered a lifestyle she wanted for her family.
"I needed to live my life so my kids could prosper: emotionally, socially, spiritually — and not be the norm of a single mom family," she explains.