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10 Lessons I Learned During My First Year Of Motherhood

Posted in Motherhood
on January 9, 2017

The first year of motherhood was by far the most amazing, tumultuous & enlightening experience I’ve ever had.

When I was growing up & envisioning my future, I never thought I’d be a mother at the age of 30…and a single mother at that.

The past year has taught me many things about life, about giving life, about myself. To sum it up, I’m a badass. I still have a way to go, but I feel much stronger than I’ve ever felt in my life. Maybe motherhood was exactly what I needed to launch myself into my purpose, although my exact calling is still to be determined.

As the light at the end of the tunnel gets a little closer & brighter with each day, I reflect on the top lessons I’ve learned since bringing a life into this world.

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October Is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

Posted in Life, Motherhood
on October 3, 2016

I saw a Target weekly ad a couple of weeks ago & came across a promotion for anti-bullying tees from the Kind Is Cool brand.

I was immediately inspired by the positive messages the brand was spreading about anti-bullying & it made me think about the impact that this campaign will have on children everywhere.

Kind Is Cool anti-bullying tees

Because October is National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought it best to spark the conversation & talk about how we can be a part of the solution & help protect ourselves & our children from bullying.

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I’m thankful that I have never been bullied. The trauma, stress, & lowered self-esteem that results from being bullied is something that no one at any age should have to experience.

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How Having A Baby Is Turning Me Into A Morning Person

Posted in Life, Motherhood
on September 29, 2016

I’ve never been a morning person. Never. EVER. For as long as I can remember, waking up early to get my day started has been the worst part of my day. Regardless of how much sleep I got the night before, having to get out of bed, get dressed & become a tolerable human being at the butt crack of dawn has always been a struggle…until now.

Just kidding. It’s still a huge struggle, especially since having the baby. You see, my sleep time is limited. While Baby D doesn’t keep me up at night as frequently as she used to, I’d be lying if I said I get a full night’s sleep these days. In fact, I’m covnvinced the advice they give about getting more sleep was not meant for parents of infants. But I digress.

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How To Come To Terms With Your New Identity As A Mom

Posted in Motherhood
on September 18, 2016

Previously published on Dancing With Motherhood

For most of us, taking on the mom role is the toughest transition we’ve ever made. After laboring for what seems like an eternity & giving birth to our greatest accomplishment, we come home, exhausted & sore, to realize that life isn’t the same. We aren’t the same. We’ve taken on this new identity as a mom, and it’s tough.

As you’re tossed into the throes of caring for someone other than yourself 24/7, you start getting sucked into what I call “the mom cycle”. Baby cries, you feed her. Baby stinks, you change her. Baby cries again, you rock her to sleep. You sit down for what seems like only a minute before, you guessed it, baby cries and the cycle begins all over again.

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