As I am new to blogging, please bear with me. I am still learning but one thing I have learned as a mother is that the learning process never ends, no matter how old you are.
Where to start. I have been mother for 16 years and counting. My children are 16 years, 7 years, 5 years, 2 years, and 9 months old. They are my pride and joy and the source of many happy days as well as many stressful ones (And a few grey hairs to go along with them). I would trade any of it for anything in the universe! Sometimes it can be overwhelming. I work full-time in addition to my mama bear role. Most people would probably ask , “Why would you want to start a blog in addition to already having 2 demanding full time jobs?”. Great question!
I like my job. I can’t speak for others but that’s usually the extent of how most blue collar folks feel about their jobs. It pays the bills and puts food on the table and allows me to provide for my family and also to do fun things with them as well. A good way of putting it is, “I work to live, not live to work.” I’ve often wondered if anyone is truly happy with their jobs. As in would they still work there if they weren’t getting paid? At 35 years of age (Yup, I’m getting up there in age! ) I have found myself wondering the point of it all? I became a mom at the very young age of 18 so I had to jump into the work force ASAP and went to school at the same time getting my GED and an Associates Degree in Applied Science. I wondered should I go back to school and further my education? Maybe I should start all the way over in a new profession but that sounded especially daunting. At the age of 35, most people know who they are and where they are going but I’m still trying to figure out who I want to be when I grow up. I just wanted to be happy at work AND at home. I spoke to a co-worker of mine a few weeks ago and confided in him about how I wish I had more to talk about than just my kids and family life. I hated how it seemed like my co-workers and bosses never really mentioned their families and yet all I ever did was talk about was mine. I told him I felt like it made me look weak and emotional, especially in a male dominated work place. To my surprise, my co-worker told me I was crazy and there was nothing wrong with talking about my kids and being mom. I should be proud of them. He told me he could tell my kids made me happy and I was proud of them and ain’t nothing wrong with that. After that conversation I wondered if I was looking at things wrong. Maybe I shouldn’t be expecting to find happiness at work because being a mom is the work that makes me happy. Light Bulb!!! Long story made short, I Googled “How to make money being a mom”. Thus introducing me to a whole new world known as Mommy Blogging and here I am!
I wanted to start this blog to reach out to other mama’s like myself who want to have it all and be happy. Husbands love to say, “A happy Wife is a happy life” but what about a mama saying? Happy… Family life, Work life, and MY life. Sometimes as Mama’s we forget about ourselves in the family equation. Of course we had dreams of becoming Surgeons, Singers/ Actresses, Astronauts, Firefighters, Ballerina’s, and etc. before we became Mama but somewhere along the way we became Moms and then their (The kiddos) dreams became our dreams. Everything became about the little ones and helping them to accomplish their dreams. Now, to tell the truth, I don’t really remember all my dreams from when I was a kid and I know I still won’t be a Marine Biologist like I wanted back in Middle School. I do, however, want to start to do things I used to do way back before I became a mom and even some new things like knitting and crocheting, and painting, and so forth and so on all while striving to still be the best mom I can be and still giving my all at work. Oh, the possibilities!!
Now we are getting somewhere! The purpose of this blog. Documenting the adventures of a working mom trying to have it all! Trying and learning new things. When people ask what my hobbies are I draw a blank. What do I do for fun? Hang with my kids! What are your hobbies? Do Netflix and Amazon and being an Exclusively Pumping Mama count as hobbies? lol My goal is to try as many things as possible, or as time allows. There are many adventures to be had, yet. And I have my lifelong best friend (Husband) and mini crew mates(Children) to take the voyage with me!
It’s never too late to try new things and learn more about the world. And the more us Mama’s know the more we can show our kids as well.
Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy the ride!
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
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