I have spent a fair deal of time trying to brainstorm what I would contribute to you this month. I was very back and forth about whether or not I would have time to take on this venture (of writing), being so deeply entrenched in the early years of motherhood. What made it a final decision was as I was on my way to meet a friend for a much needed sushi date, I was driving alone in my car (without kids, can you believe it!), with my music on loudly, and I felt so great. That moment of familiarity took me back to my childless days where I loved myself a little more, and enjoyed a much simpler life. I thought to myself, “This needs to happen more”.
I can think of all of the reasons why I shouldn’t be taking the time to blog – the laundry piles, the cleaning, the food prepping, grocery shopping, the child rearing, etc. The ONE reason I could think of why I should do this is: ME. That being said, I also hope I can encourage other mothers (and Dads too!) to step out of their “roles” a little bit, to find and love themselves a little more again.
Before the days of my second child, I was a workhorse. I worked a lot, and when I wasn’t working, I was caring for my toddler (who is now 3). I felt so much guilt about working a lot, having him in daycare, being so tired when I was with him, and not taking care of my needs. I was exhausted and I felt like I was failing everyone by being unable to balance life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still exhausted (I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old!), but while on maternity, I have taught myself to be a little selfish, to slow down, to love myself too.
Like they say, happy mom, happy kids….or is it happy wife, happy life? You get my point. So please join me, as I navigate the ups and downs of motherhood. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing for you all!
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