I’m Celena and I live in Endicott, NY with my five daughters, ages 13-21. I am a nursing assistant for a local hospital at night, and I like to putter around online and write some stuff during the days.
I started this blog back in 2012, as I was struggling with finding my way as a single mom. I’ve only left a little of my old stuff lying around here, I was new and never written before, so some things didn’t make the cut when I redesigned this site.
There were six kids at that time, but I’m happy to say my son has completed his “training” at my side, and now lives and works in Texas as a computer consultant. I am continuing to see my girls through their primary and secondary educations– the oldest is in nursing school– and everyone is on their own unique path to success.
This has not been easy. We continue to struggle with poverty and all of the obstacles that come with that, as well as the challenges of a single parent household. My purpose in this life is to see that my children are raised to be successful and that they have the tools necessary in order to break out of that cycle. I am happy to say that we are well on our way!
While that is a work in progress, I have begun volunteering by consulting with the United Way in my county’s efforts to combat poverty. Over 50% of children in my area live this heartbreaking life, and we aim to do something about that.
I have also started publishing some of my work, and was lucky enough to have publications on Scary Mommy and Pop Sugar Moms. Working on edits for something in Solo-ish at the Washington Post currently! I am also chipping away at, and hoping to publish, a chapbook of my poetry. If I can get the guts, that is.
I hope that you enjoy reading, feel free to comment if anything speaks to you. I leave you with my favorite quote by an extraordinary woman.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”-Maya Angelou
All my best,