I am taking a big leap today. This is the first blog I have ever written. It’s a little unnerving to say the least! It almost feels a little bit like being on a stage with a sea of faceless people watching and waiting on my every word and hoping I don’t forget my lines or trip on my own two feet. (Wait, isn’t that how the host of a television show feels, too?!) And to think—my mom said I never wanted to be the one to share something at Show & Tell in kindergarten because I didn’t want people to look at me! My how things have changed….
My dad asked me how this is any different from posting my day-to-day status updates on Facebook. Yes, I have a Facebook account like many other moms out there, but when I post status updates on my page, I know who has the ability to see that information. They are friends that I have hand-picked. They already know me and my family. I can be ‘goofy’ in front of them and it’s ok. This is a little different. I wonder as I’m sitting here looking around the Acoustic Café at a room full of strangers, “who will recognize me once the MomsEveryday show airs?” and “what opinions will they have of me?” and “will they critique my every word, what I’m wearing, or what I’m doing??!” But, then I think, does it really matter? I know what I’ve accomplished in my life, and I am proud of the person and mother I have become.
So, as I dive into this first blog, I wonder….what do you want to hear from a mom you’ve never met? What would capture your attention? What would make you want to read more? And more importantly, why would you want to listen to ME??! I’m just a mom. “Just” a mom? Is there such a thing? Hmmmm…
Well…let me start by saying this. I feel like I can relate to many of you moms out there. I have worked full-time….I have worked part-time…I have taken my kids to daycare…and I have been a stay-at-home mom to four wonderful children for the last 6 years and counting. So I have now been trying to re-learn the balancing act of taking care of my home and going back to work part-time. I have a whole new appreciation for mothers who do that. Many times I wonder, “how will I get it all done?!” when faced with laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cooking, and chasing my kids around the house every second of the day. But some friends of mine have given me some very wise advice…the first being to not expect to get it all done. You have to prioritize and let some of the non-important stuff go…and to get used to a messy house! And others have told me that having a job that takes you away from your children for even a short period of time makes you appreciate the time you have with them so much more. So very true. I have some smart friends!
So, as I conclude My First Blog Ever, let me tell you that in future blogs, I hope to share with you some of my experiences of being a mother, (and now as “a stay-at-home-mother-with-a-part-time-job!”) I am by no means an expert, but I hope that sharing some of my successes, failures, mistakes, and insights can help other moms. Maybe you’ll applaud me when I’m up on stage….or maybe you’ll throw a pie in my face. Either way, I hope you’ll leave with a little “more” of something than what you came with.