Trina O’Boyle is one busy lady, and she loves every minute of it. She has, count them, three different careers in place along with the rigors of being a parent to two fun-loving boys. How did Trina find her marbles? Read on to find out…
As I started to think about how I found my marbles, I kept going back to a weekend last year I spent with some long time girlfriends. I’ve known these ladies for over 25 years and was best of friends. I moved away from my home state of Michigan back in 1995 and since then lived in Florida, London, New Jersey, Florida again and now Philadelphia. We have always kept in touch, I would visit yearly and we would have fun girl’s weekends in Michigan. I’ve been living in the city of brotherly love for 5 years; I wanted them to come and visit my new home and spend time in my favorite city – New York. We planned this vacation for months and as you can imagine when 5 girls plan anything there can be challenges.
I never realized what an impact that weekend would have on me. I felt like an outsider looking in at a group of women I barely knew, and it was the first time I felt like that since I moved away. The weekend that was supposed to be so wonderful turned into a weekend of sadness (for me). Sadness of losing those close friendships that we once had. That sadness then turned into a realization that we as individuals are constantly evolving and that is OK. I am not the same person I was back in 1995. I feel that for myself moving away and being on my own, traveling, experiencing new things has made me into the person I am today.
After that weekend I reflected on where my life has taken me and how I want it to continue. Ours lives have different chapters and now I am onto my next one. I am turning 40 in a few months and I have to say that I am really looking forward to it. I would not take back anything, because people and events come into our lives for a reason. That weekend was a turning point for me, it taught me to focus on myself, my family and not to worry about what others think. I’ve learned to stand up for what I believe in, and not to judge others, as I do not walk in their shoes.
As a mother of 2 very active young boys, juggling 3 careers, and husband I still have many more marble to find. The marbles I do have, I am proud of because they made me the person I am today.
Trina O’Boyle is the founder of O’Boy! Organic. Trina offers healthy cooking classes and seminars for parents and cooking parties for kids. Trina is the Social Media manager for Happy Family based in NYC and teaches part time Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten at The Walden School. Trina is a gardening fanatic, loves to decorate and entertain and most of all be herself!