My son just crossed the threshold of the big one year milestone, his much anticipated first birthday has come and gone. And it sparked a flame (both metaphorically speaking, and actually in order to light a Birthday candle!) that I needed to motivate myself to give this blog life. I figured since it took nine months to make a baby and bring him earth-side, it shouldn't take me longer than that to give birth to an idea. So here it is, my blog: Mother & Style.
So first off, welcome!! Thank you for stopping by to meet me and my blog.
Why a blog you might ask? Well it all began after having Fitzgerald and the hours upon hours of nursing the growing boy that I began perusing the internet. First, out of boredom of sitting in one place for so long, next out of mom fear and seeking answers from Dr. Google, and then I found social media. I realized it became an accessible way to connect with other mothers. When my husband went back to work after the few weeks parental leave he took, I found that those quiet first few weeks could be lonely, even with a baby attached to me 24-7. So to social media I went. I hadn't been an active user prior, with my line of work as a clinical therapist and often over scheduled days, I rarely found time for it in my life, except the occasional scroll through Instagram before bed. Becoming a mother is like being inducted into a secret society, you change as a person, and I thought these people get me! I felt like I discovered a new world online, and I loved feeling a part of this mom community!
When I made the tough decision (more to come on this in a blog post soon) to not return to work like I had initially planned, I knew I would want an outlet to continue to use my voice to help others where I could. So the beautiful pairing of my desire to connect, help, and share my own journey of motherhood gave life to this idea to share my voice online. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a slight perfectionist. I often joke about being a "Recovering Perfectionist" because the struggle is real! Underneath the need for things to be "perfect" (although I know there is no such thing), is fear. This fear is such a hindrance, it has created self-doubt and stopped me from pursuing desires in my life. I've missed out on opportunities because there was a time I thought if I can't do it perfectly or be the best, why bother? This voice has been loud these past few months as I've mulled over the idea of launching my blog. But, not this time fear, I'm going to face you head on and walk all over you by taking a huge leap to put myself out there! It might not be perfect, but it will be real, and I'm sure I'll stumble and learn as I grow here. I'm humbled by the opportunity to connect with you and look forward to sharing this beautiful messy thing called life!