A few weeks ago, I was running while listening to my all-time favorite podcast, Big Magic with Elizabeth Gilbert.
(Side note: I just discovered podcasts and am obsessed.)
(Side note #2: I just discovered Elizabeth Gilbert and am obsessed.)
(Side note #3: If you’re also obsessed with Elizabeth Gilbert and Big Magic, you need to join this online book club.)
Anyways, so I’m running and listening to this mom describe how it doesn’t do fellow mothers any good when we talk about carving out time for our passions and working, especially in at-home professions, in terms of making it sound like all roses and quiet afternoon spent creating while our babies nap blissfully next to us and I was shuffling along thinking OMG YES when it hit me…
That’s where I needed to be.
That’s what I needed to talk about with other moms.
I love, love what I do and I love, love encouraging other people to follow their entrepreneurial dreams. I fully believe that working for yourself is one of the biggest blessings in life and time and experience has taught me that it’s definitely not the easy road that a lot of people may think it is.
Working for yourself is serious business and it’s no different than starting any other business, but when you throw in raising a couple (or four) children along the way, things get tricky.
I realized how discouraged I personally was, with seeing inspiration from other moms and feeling “stuck” myself, even though I had reached a lot of my own goals. I still wasn’t hearing the hows behind other successful moms. Seriously–how did they handle the temper tantrums and the deadlines and the dirty diapers that always happen the exactly minute you try to do anything? How do they convince themselves that they matter when they literally look like death every day? How do they reconcile making money without a babysitter and not comparing themselves to their husbands??
I realized that I desperately was looking for some real talk from other moms who are in my situation.
Who can speak to what it means to live where Passion Meets Practicality.
We all have passions in life, whether they be big or little or side soul food or our main read and butter. And I believe those passions can fuel us as mothers and as women beyond the little people years. But getting there and making it all possible is freaking hard.
When I first became a mother, I found myself stuck in a place where I would see other mothers doing amazing, inspiring things and I truly wanted to be the type of mother who could combine my own dreams with raising children.
I believed it was possible and I believed that motherhood was an inspiring, beautiful experience. But I also knew that my reality? Definitely did not look inspiring. My reality looked like 24/7, never-ending days at home, a feeling of mom brain fog, a colicky baby, an exhaustion so bone-deep it hurt, a budget that wouldn’t allow a babysitter, and complete lack of inspiration to get dressed, let alone chase my dreams.
And while I believe an inspiring, beautiful life IS possible with young children at home, I also think it is a disservice to mothers to gloss over how to get there. Which is why I’ve launched my brand-new site, to find that place where passion meets practicality. Or in other words, how to get shit done when you’re literally dealing with shit all day.