I was excited, stressed out, anxious and sitting on a plane about to begin my first work trip away from baby. All the thoughts contributing to these emotions were running through my head and the one that stuck was, “I can’t be the only one who feels this way.” It was then and there that I decided that rather than looking for a community, I would create it.
It was my first time away from baby, and I was navigating both a hurricane and pumping while traveling. (You can read more about that “lovely” experience here.) On that flight, I began documenting my thoughts, feelings, and actions with the intent of sharing them with the world. Beginning with the basics: tackling life as a sleep-deprived mombie, work travel stress, and breastfeeding.
I was beginning to feel the weight of being a new mom and wife all while actively working to advance my career.
From the moment I booked my flight, I was an anxious mama who needed support. It probably didn’t help matters that I was running on empty at this point, but once the trip was over, I had a GIANT since of accomplishment! I had literally (and figuratively) navigated a storm, successfully pumped while traveling, and was able to do some work on my first big project. It felt so good to know that I was doing what was right for me and my family, even if the journey was a little bumpy.
When I got back I felt so empowered. I was a working mom and I was kicking-ass! I was shouting from the rooftops, “I AM WOMAN! HEAR ME ROAR!”
(OK, maybe just from the inside of my car…)
I was riding a high, and needed to share this energy with all of the working moms! I kept asking myself, “Why isn’t anyone else talking about this!? We are the foundations of our families, we hold down the fort at home, continue to power through our careers, and still manage to slay everyday! Why doesn’t anyone talk about how we do it!?”
Yes, I was standing on my soapbox! Yes, I was hardcore feeling the girl power! Yes, I believe we have superpowers!
The Big One: How are we doing it?
This is the question that spurred me to take the plunge and do something crazy (or cliché). I was going to start a mom-blog.
Even though I have my group of young, working-mom friends (you know who you are!), and we are doing the damn thing – pretty well if I do say so myself – I still felt a sense that I needed to do something bigger, something grander, and I needed to get it out there.
That’s how my mom blog was born.
So grab your glass of wine, wipe that spit-up off your shirt, and join me as I try to figure out life as a young working mother.
You’re kicking-ass mama.