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The 10 Ways Why I’m Rocking Motherhood Challenge

It’s mid-week through May (where has 2017 gone??) and mother’s day has come and gone. To be honest, although it was a pretty big deal all over social media, it felt much like any other day. It was business like usual. But really, I was fine with that because I’m reminded everyday, like every mom out there, just what motherhood is all about. And don’t let the title of this post fool you into thinking that I’ve got it all figured out. It was actually the title of a challenge with the hashtag #rockingmotherhood circulating through social media, encouraging moms to share ways they’re rocking motherhood.  I was tagged by a new mom friend I met over Instagram @presentfullmama, who happens to also be a therapist. So I thought, sure, why not? At least I’ll finally have another parenting blog post! It was actually harder to come up with 10 things than I thought! Which is typical for me, since I tend to put myself down about things, but it was a much needed exercise. Get ready for some …

What’s It like To Be A Full Time Mom Who’s Trying To Re-Invent Her Own Career Path

There’s no shortage of examples of what I’m about to say. I’ve written and interviewed a number of women who fit the description in my title. They’ve been a source of inspiration for me. But today I’m going to share my own personal side of the story (a small rant) and how I’ve been trying to carve out a new career for myself while being a full-time mom. Many people might start with a few assumptions about being a blogger. But people in the business know the truth. First off, it’s a business. And like any business trying to get off the ground, it’s tough. I think I can relate to other entrepreneurs because I feel the pressures of selling something you believe in to a crowd or not even a crowd of people who don’t get it. You face a lot of negativity especially in the beginning because your hopes are so high. Add to the fact that you’ve got another full time job (24 hour one in fact), being a mom and home maker. …

A Mother’s Day Series: Creators and Curators

Mother’s Day is a big day for us. But not because we like tooting our own horns. I think its often more the other way round! We often focus too much on ways we weren’t ‘good enough’, and not enough on how far we’ve come, considering we knew absolutely NOTHING about how to give birth and care for a new living being! But honestly, it’s also day we are reminded of how lucky we are to be moms and to be grateful for the mothers we’ve had in our lives. And this year to celebrate mother’s day, I decided to do a month long series of not just one, but multiple women who embody the spirit of creativity and curation in addition to being moms themselves!  Over the last few months I’ve been learning about all these different women who started their own businesses and I’ve found at least two things in common about them. Those two things are the agency to create something and the ability to curate in such a way that is clearly their own point of view. But wait, if …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …

Capturing The Essence of Christmas: Bird & Bauble

Christmas is only 11 days away, but if you’re anything like me, you’re no where ready to slow down and make space for it. To help bring the Advent season closer to people, my friend Pauline, together with her business partner Robin, created a collection of hand crafted Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament is infused with a bible story -and when grouped together – conveys the larger Gospel story and thus the significance of Christmas. A few months ago Pauline, Amber (See my prior post about her) and I began meeting up on a monthly basis to support each other in our respective ventures. It has been really encouraging to watch her walk through the process of creating these small intricate ornaments and at the same time manage her time. Like me, Pauline is a stay at home mom to a little boy. Finally after 1 years worth of planning and executing, all their hard work was finally debuted at an annual craft fair held at her local church.  I was excited to finally see her final creations and of course purchased one of them! I loved their delicate, natural and minimalistic aesthetics. …

First day of preschool jitters: thoughts of a mom

Monday is your first day of preschool. I can’t believe you’re starting school. This is new for me too. I’m frantically running errands the week before but it never feels like enough. I hope you’ll have everything that you’ll need. I know you won’t eat, I know you won’t nap. I know you’ll miss me. I know you’ll be mad at me. But a part of me knows you can’t be my baby forever. So I’m going to start letting go, and try to stop the worrying. I hope you’ll have everything you need. I hope a teacher reaches out to you, feeds you, helps you take a nap. I hope a teacher will love you even though there are 17 other little ones to love. Maybe one of them will be your friend too. I hope you won’t cry too long. But a part of me knows you won’t be my baby forever. And there’s no slowing it down! So let’s just do this together. You and I. We’ll both get through it.

5 challenges new moms face and how to overcome them

I wanted to follow up on my last post with a more serious and positive post. Bear in mind that all that I said was true and still stands. Except it is now 12:45am. Anyways, here it goes. 5 challenges new moms face and how to overcome them. I’ve been wanting to speak to my own experience and perhaps the experience of some other new mothers out there. Its not new, but its really from personal experience and how i’m in the process of discovering ways to cope and even soar. Get ready, this is a long one. 1. Tiredness (Physically and emotionally) Ok, this is a given. And most of you who don’t have children probably already knew this based on friends reports or common knowledge. Having a newborn, baby or toddler, is physically taxing due to needing to tend to its physical needs – breastfeeding throughout the day/night, cleaning up after him/her, putting them to sleep, doing household chores, playing and activities with them to name a few. But I want to pay more attention to emotional fatigue. …

5 things you need to know about being a new mother

I thought i’d take a few minutes tonight to share a few revelations I’ve had since becoming a mommy. Get ready to be enlightened! 1. You find time to write a post about being a mommy, somewhere between 10pm after your toddler falls asleep and midnight. These things don’t write themselves, and during the day you’ve got a toddler/puppy dog coming after you every 5 minutes. Other things you do between 10pm and midnight are, watch youtube videos, catch up on 1-2 episodes of Project Runway, or watch 2 movies on Netflix, use the bathroom and eating what ever you want! You can sometimes fit a shower in as well, but its not high priority. This is your golden time. 2. You now cry every time you watch a movie with a baby in it…like Three Men and a Baby. 3. To add some excitement to your day, you are on AMAZON ordering random baby/toddler stuff (things you can get at target, super markets, car seat companies etc.). The exciting part is forgetting what you ordered and not knowing …