I am a wife of almost 11 years to a man that loves me and all my crazy ideas and ways, mom to 3 totally different and look nothing like me kids(2 girls 9,7 and a boy 18 months and 2 angel babies up in heaven.)
I have been a stay at home mom for 9 years and after my 2nd child I realized I love being home but it wasn’t as fulfilling as I once dreamed it to be. I longed for my own identity and the opportunity to contribute in my own way to our family.
Three years ago I was introduced to Young Living Essential oils and I have been an oily addict ever since. I have since built a team and business from home that fulfills me, I teach and share with others how to implement essential oils into our daily lives and reduce chemicals and toxins in our homes.
Outside of my domesticated duties and working, I fill my days with friends and coffee, motherhood has brought me a whole tribe of woman I couldn’t live without. If you are a mom you need mom friends. They will keep you sane, assure you that you are not alone, encourage you, cry with you and laugh with you!
My other loves include home decor, MLS listings, blogging, and a well delivered F bomb. As I near 40 and reflect on the last 10 years of creating life, learning, growing, stretching, failing and surviving I hope to continue keeping it real and encouraging moms to embrace our perfectly imperfect lives.
You are a Great Mom
By Michelle Mack
You, yes you I am talking to you. You are a great mom. I know you are tired, you are hungry, you are lonely and you are tired. But you are great.
I fantasized about being a mom for as long back as I can remember. I knew some day I would have 3 beautiful kids and I was going to be a great mom. Many of us saw our moms do it and they made it look easy and flawless. We started having kids “later in life” @ 30 which I feel like is the new norm but back in our day we were late starters! I watched many friends embark on the motherhood road and they too made it look all warm and fuzzy. They would smile, despite the tireless nights, spit up laden clothing and shower less days. Any mom will tell you it’s the most rewarding job they have. And if anyone were to ask me I would agree.
They are miracles. But they are also the scariest thing you will have in your possession that requires many skills you have yet to acquire or learn and the responsibility to raise them is enormous. Plus, add in the all the social expectations and the fish bowl of social media that basically has a magnifying glass on our daily lives. Which then highlights it all day long via Facebook and Instagram. Where once there were books and magazines we now have online classes, blogs, and support groups. All these things offering varying opinions or a myriad of topics~ it can be exhausting.
Some of you will stay home and some of you will return to work, some maybe before the year is up others maybe will extend the year. Some of you will nurse and others of you will not. Some of you will use cloth diapers, many of you will not. You will research every piece of baby furniture and new gadget or toys all day and in between or during feedings. Because your iPhone will become your companion, taking photos to document your days, online shop to keep your eyes from closing while you feed in the night and advice on what is making your baby so unhappy when all you want is some piece and quiet.
Just know whatever your journey or how your day looks or how your baby sleeps or eats or doesn’t do anyone or either of those things. You are doing just fine, you are getting to know your baby and your kids and you are learning each day what their needs and wants are. No two people are alike and neither are moms. You are showing up and you are doing your best. And on the days, that you are at your wits end and struggling or feeling inadequate, if you know nothing else, just know your little one thinks and knows you are a GREAT mom.
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