The Loss of Monogamy: A Many Year Grieving Process

I’m still working on me and here I am with another poignant thought in my healing process. I’m reading a book about co-dependency and tonight’s chapter was about grieving. Often, what causes co-dependents to act they way they do and develop behaviors that they have are because of changes in their reality. That loss of control and the inability to accept change is a huge loss. Often this comes from a place of addiction, but I think for myself it had a lot to do with the dreams I had in my head about what marriage was going to be like with KM. When that changed, through no control of my own, I refused to accept it. That started a downward spiral that I’m just recently coming to terms with.

I’m very obviously grieving the loss of monogamy and the exclusivity that I thought I’d have with KnyghtMare. It’s been the greatest point of contention, the place where hurtful words and phrases come from and it’s the place I’m still not at a point of acceptance for myself. I accept that KM is poly. But I have yet to accept what that means for me and my dreams and my future with him.

In re-reading about the grief process, and for those of you familiar with it, you’ll know that depending on the greatness of the loss for the person, grief can take mere moments or can last a long time. And the only way to heal is to go through it. I believe I’ve been back and forth through all the phases and not once reaching any acceptance for myself for years.

I said something to KM a few weeks ago that hurt him, but I don’t believe it was intended that way. I had finally been able to pinpoint and put my loss in words, “Sometimes I wish we were monogamous again.” I know why it hurt him, I understand that it sounds like I don’t accept that he’s poly but at the core, it was simply my own loss and that I’ve not come to terms with it yet. I haven’t fully mourned the end of monogamy and the change in our relationship (the many changes) that have come out of it.

I really do think that in his first poly relationship I was bargaining a lot. If I do threesome stuff with his other and I he’ll still want me. If I try to be friendly to them as if everything is perfect, I’ll still mean something. If I just drive myself into slavery and withdraw all personal thought, drive or opinion, maybe it won’t hurt as much. In doing this phase for so long, it killed my drive for submission (along with another incident) and now I’m here re-learning myself and trying to get through the grief so that I can finally accept this new life and find my place in it.

I envy KnyghtMare. He was able to accept this life change so much easier and has come out the better because of it. He was able to come to terms with the loss of what he knew and embraced this new self, watching me flounder in my own grief when I couldn’t even put a name to it let alone express it.

I’m not done working through my grief, but I feel like being able to know exactly what it is is helping me. I know I will never technically be monogamous again. I’ll always be the mono side of a mono-poly relationship. Figuring out who I am in all this isn’t going to be easy, but KM has shown he’s there for me and supports me. I know I will have him to cheer me on, give me a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. Because rebirth after a loss isn’t easy, and I certainly don’t want to do it alone.

–lunaKM

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Need to Worship

So the last time I wrote about my personal journey I had rediscovered my submission completely by accident and had one of my best days in a long time, only to realize that since I had no one to submit to right away I was in a conundrum. It’s not quite like I am single and have no one around to submit to, I have a husband that would like to be my Dom again someday but isn’t ready to take on the responsibility of having me as his submissive again yet. So that new joyous feeling of finding my submission is fraught with anxiety and frustration.

KM and I had a talk and he listened to my concerns and while he’s not ready for me to submit to him again he understands where I am and that while he’s not ready to accept me we can’t change what has happened in me.

I’m not to pressure him into being dominant and if I am acting submissive it comes with the caveat that he’s not likely to reciprocate right now. I’m struggling. There’s so much I want to do, to offer and to be obedient when called upon it and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Good news is that KM does want me to submit to him again, at some point in the future. Bad news, he has no clue when he’ll be ready for that to happen. Until that moment submissive moments are of my own making and without any assistance from him. It’s not quite like submitting in a vacuum because he can detect when I’m submissive and sometimes will allow me to feed that impulse in whatever way I can.

Like today. I’ve felt so submissive today and strangely enamored with KM’s feet. Feet have never been something interesting to me, but today all I wanted to do was shower them with love, worship them, kiss them, caress them and be near them. I asked KM if it was okay and he said it was fine. While I was worshiping his feet he even smiled and made appreciative sounds. It helped a lot and made me feel good about myself and who I was at that moment. Honored to be at his feet.

I wrote a status update here today as well, “You ever get days that the submissive mindset is just so deep that everything you think of and do you almost vibrate internally? It just feels like I’m going to overflow anyway. I can’t explain it.” I still feel that way and while it does pain me, I hope that feeling sticks around because it feels like the real me, the “me” that’s been hiding and chained for so long.

I have so much to work on besides my submission and I’m doing so but that progress is slow, like watching ice melt in the winter.

Now, there are lovely moments going on in our relationship. He’s more playful and interested in sexy stuff. We are happy more often and arguing less. I really do feel like our relationship is better than it was just months ago. I feel it will continue as long as I keep working on a better me.

I’m embracing my sexuality more and more with the help of my slut training that I’m currently doing on my own. I’m exploring casual sex outside of our marriage and may have found at least one fuck buddy to do that with. I’m enjoying how sexually stimulated I am and how desirable I feel. All the time.

Here’s to progress and internal work.

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Something “Clicked” Today

I’ve been doing a lot of self work when I’m home on the weekends and this weekend was no different. I’ve been focusing my efforts on a few things that I know I need to work on but also trying to revive that submission I know is in me.

Well today, while doing some exercises meant to help you focus your submissive mindset something in me just clicked. It’s like when the AC is just turned on, you hear that click from the thermostat and then the whoosh of the fans. I feel all tingly and excited. I feel at peace with the conflict I’ve been battling.

I just had to tell someone. KM’s gets distant when I bring up my submissive feelings still so I’m working to perfect myself for the someday I hope will happen. It’s rough but I know I can do it because so many of my submissive friends do it too. Nurture your submissive spark any way you can until the Dominant you were meant to be with wants to scoop it up and enjoy it.

So what was I doing when the realization overcame me? I was doing a relatively simple activity about what submission means to me and the importance of it in my life. If any of you have followed me for years, know that I used to identify as a slave. When I did so, something about it changed me in ways that lead, in part, to this crash. For some reason, I had a lot of misconceptions about what a slave was or should be and I shoehorned me into it and completely disregarded who I was before. I stopped being fun and playful. I stopped being social and carefree. I was boring and dull and questioning. I doubted not only my own ability but the abilities of my Dominant. I stopped being the “me” he fell in love with.

I’m beginning to be more myself than I have in years and it’s so refreshing. I’m doing things that make me happy and fulfill me. While I know I would still love a Dominant to serve (and have one picked out already so don’t contact me) I know that I’m not completely lost on my own.

I’m no longer trying to be submissive. I AM SUBMISSIVE. I’m no longer trying to be obedient. I AM OBEDIENT. I’m no longer pushing back and questioning. I AM COMPLIANT.

With these realizations all, I have to do now if fulfill them to the best of my ability and show KM that this part of the broken me that failed him years ago is recovered, almost brand new and ready for testing. It’s a brand new world and I have a lot of things that I used to not want to do that I want to get out and do. I have a lot of things I’d like to experience that only submission with a Dominant who accepts all of me, even while I still work to fix the other parts of me.

I feel I’m ready. Finally ready. No more doubts, or questions about whether I am submissive or that the feelings are fleeting. This is real. OMG it’s real. I’m the happiest I’ve been with myself in a very, very long time.

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Victim to Survivor

I’ve been living a lie. Since my early teens when my father would hit me and yell at me, and my mother would belittle me and tell me I’m worthless I’ve learned a lot of really bad behaviors. Things that are now and probably always have, impacted my relationships. I’ve been lying to myself that I’m over it and that the past won’t control me.

I’ve been reading a book lately to help me break free from the bad behaviors and learn better ones because being healthy is something I am striving for in my life.

Well, an ah-ha moment this weekend may have elevated my self-work for the first time in quite a while. I’ve never really overcome my childhood. I still wear it around my neck like a yoke, drag it out when the situation calls for it and blame it for what I’m doing now and how I behave now.

I’m still acting a victim.

I don’t want to be a victim. As a victim, I’d be inflicted with pain and insecurity at a moment’s notice whenever things got too hard to handle. With my own feelings of pain and insecurity, I’m lashing out at others in order to try and protect what sense of normalcy that I’m letting in.

I need to be a survivor. A survivor will recognize the false reactions, the bad behaviors and own them, change them and make the situation work for them. The past will not control them.

The past must not control me. It must not corrupt my relationships anymore. I have a long road ahead, but knowing where this is coming from and finally owning up to it is helping. I know I’ve said it before that my childhood is to blame, but laying blame and actually doing something to overcome it are very different. I have a lot of grieving to do for the loss of my childhood, but at the end of it, I hope to come out as someone who is stronger, more independent and kinder to the people in my life.

I will find what makes me happy, for me and do it. I know that I want a social life with people that enjoy being around me and so I will seek out friendships. I’m already working on my physical health, but I’ll work harder at it. I will work to re-start the Submissive Forums here in the area, even if submission is hard for me. It will be a support group not only for me but for all the men and women in the area. I will work hard to make my life’s work and passion viable as a career, I’ll stop letting it flounder. I will show KnyghtMare that I really do accept his polyamory and I do not judge his kinks that I don’t understand. I will live to understand them. I promise to show him that his sharing his life with me is the best thing in the world and I want to go on doing so.

I will be a survivor. A survivor of life’s hell I’ve been dished. I will be able to celebrate the joy I’ve been given instead of constantly worrying about the possible end of joy. I will stop tiptoeing and start walking confidently.

I will need your help, all of you. I’ll need encouragement if you see me hesitate. I’ll need friendship if you desire a friend and I’ll want love. I promise I’ll return the favors given.

Help me say goodbye to the victim.

–lunaKM

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The Journey

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. ”

–Paulo Coelho

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New Year for a New You: Day 6 #yby2018

This took me a long time to think about, and then I forgot about it for a couple weeks. So, here it is about a month late :P

1. Create a specific goal for each of the five pillars of life: Relational, spiritual, mental, physical, and financial. The more detailed the better! Therefore, don’t say: “I want a better relationship with my spouse.” Do say: “I want to fall more in love with my husband every day this year! We can go on a real date without the kids once a month, find a racquetball court we can play at for two hours each week, and I’ll cook one of his favorite meals every Tuesday.”

Don’t just idly think about all the things you want to improve; everyone does that. Own your goals and be one of the few who executes an action plan to create a better life!

2. Then, map out how you’re going to get that goal using the instructions above.

This is no small feat and I’ve taken my time thinking about each of the pillars before writing up this post. I wanted to make sure that the goals I chose could be reached in a year or have substantial progress in them to feel like a success come to the end of December.

Relational

I want to light my relationship with KnyghtMare on fire! I will schedule date nights once a month, we’ll have playtime at least weekly and I’ll allow myself to feel sexually excited and act on it!

Spiritual

I will work every day to recover that submissive spark I once had and rekindle the bliss I once felt being KnyghtMare’s submissive. In this endeavor, I will use journaling with prompts, self-help exploration and meditation to reach understanding in myself. I also will ask KnyghtMare to serve him whenever the feeling arises so that I can remind myself what I can be again. I hope to be submissive to KnyghtMare at least part-time by the end of the year.

Mental

I’m recovering from a bout of depression. I will continue my self-care to improve my mood and find healthy ways to take care of myself weekly and schedule monthly self-care days where I do things to make me feel good like manicures, coloring, browsing the mall, etc. I will use my bullet journal to schedule self-care days.

Physical

I  will make concerted effort to eat healthy portions at appropriate sizes and to move my body regularly. I have trackers in my bullet journal to track my steps, water and veggie servings. I will make sure I’m reaching the recommended amounts as often as possible. I will exercise at least every other day for 30 mins each time.

Financial

Our finances are finally starting to bounce back so this year I want to get an emergency fund established with at least 1 month of income reserved. Ultimately I’d like 3 months of income in the emergency fund. I will set aside 10% of every check we receive and put it into the emergency fund account.

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I’m Thankful – January 12 Edition

The deer that KnyghtMare hit in November has bitten us again. Our car was declared a total loss on Tuesday. Our insurance company has been great to work with on the claim and I’m grateful that they are going to cover the bulk of the loan amount remaining.

I’m also grateful that when we were buying the car, the dealer offered us GAP insurance and we took it. It has, in one swift motion, saved us from crippling debt. It will cover the rest of the loan amount that the main insurance isn’t. Once both claims go through, the loan will be paid in full. Thank you KnyghtMare for electing to get all the extras when we bought the car.

I’m thankful for Buy Here, Pay Here Car Dealers that understand some financial situations are out of your control. We were able to secure a reliable transport.

I’m grateful for the new car we have, may it bring us from point A to point B without issue.

I’m so grateful that KnyghtMare’s work is picking up again and shows no sign of reduction for the near future.

And I’m grateful for KnyghtMare. Throughout this stressful time, he’s been someone that I can lean on and share the anxiety with – someone that I am so thankful for each and every day.

–lunaKM

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New Year for a New You: Day 5 #yby2018

This is day 5 of Lisa Jacobs Annual Review. You can find the details on her site, Marketing Creativity.
1. What are your main priorities in life (i.e., family, profession, marriage, personal wellbeing, etc.)? List them in order of importance.

I do a Level 10 Life, inspired by Boho Berry and The Miracle Morning, on a quarterly basis to help keep my priorities in check and make sure I’m progressing in them to bring them all to a level 10. I’ll use those same categories to rank them in order of importance.

  1. Marriage
  2. Submission
  3. Health and Fitness
  4. Personal Development
  5. Career
  6. Friendship
  7. Finances
  8. Fun and Recreation
  9. Environment
  10. Giving

2. Use the graph in the link to chart how you invest your time during a typical 24-hour period. (This graph and exercise are an excerpt from my best-selling annual workbook, Your Best Year 2018. You’re welcome to draw your own graph or print the image in the linked post).

Click the image for a larger view

3. Does your time chart (where you’re spending your hours) reflect the priorities you listed in question 1, and in the correct order?

Well, for the most part they are, but my friendship and health and fitness amounts could totally go up.  I’ve been pretty happy with my productivity during the day since I started using my Bullet Journal to keep me on task. I’m far more organized with it than I ever was.

4. How might you rearrange your schedule for better results?

The relaxation time is pretty free time right now. I use it before bed and in the morning after my Miracle Morning routine. I could reduce that and allot it to something else, but as I said above, I’m currently pretty happy with how my days are alloted. My priorities don’t feel out of whack and I’m doing what makes me feel good and improve in life right now.

–lunaKM

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