As a kid I constantly flip-flopped when it came to what I wanted to be when I grew up I think it started as ateacher,then a nurse, then business, then sports management(what?), event planning, and I’m sure there were more that I forgot….and finally back to teaching, but there was one thing I always knew for sure, I couldn’t wait to be a mom.
I taught 5th grade for four years and loved it. Was it always perfect? No, of course not. BUT it was my passion, I loved planning and discovering ways that would encourage a love of learning in my students. I knew who I was as a teacher.
In 2011 I became a mom to my first son and then in 2013 we had our second son. Throughout my pregnancy of my second son and early months of both boys, I was teaching professional development courses and coaching online for educators. I enjoyed it and it allowed me to stay involved with a profession that was so important to me, while still being home with the boys.
I was always so proud of my work with educators. At the same time, though, while I was loving being a mom, I was also slowly learning a new way of managing our life as a family. As my boys have gotten older I find there is more and more to juggle and manage. I started to feel discouraged that I wasn’t keeping up with all of it, that almost two years after moving we still had boxes in our basement and bare walls. My discouragement turned into lack of motivation, which also affected my self-confidence.
What was I doing wrong?
Why couldn’t I get all of this under control?
It was a negative spiral that I was having a hard time digging myself out of.
Then two things happened. First, I realized that I needed to take my own advice. In those professional development courses I mentioned above where I supported educators as they made changes in their classrooms, I always told my teachers to start small and build upon their own successes. So I started small, I took a little step, and another…and another…and I noticed it started to snowball. My confidence was rising, and I rediscovered my motivation. The second thing that happened was that I had unexpected surgery and was forced to practice what I called “extreme self-care”. For those two weeks, I was forced to take a step back from everything, our usual routine, cleaning the house, my work hours, laundry…everything. At the end of those two weeks, I felt like myself, I was happy, positive and my mind was clear. It was a wake-up call, that while I couldn’t totally let everything go all the time (you should have seen my house!), it was time to be purposeful about taking care of myself, and I needed to find a way to add that to our life as a family.
As I have begun to live this new way of life, I was brought back to my passion of supporting others. This time, rather than education, I wanted to help other moms rediscover themselves and their passions. I am now a Life Management Coach for moms who feel constantly overwhelmed, underappreciated and lost as a woman in their role as mom.
I work with my clients to rediscover and value their own needs, implement routines for themselves and their families, develop a positive and self-loving attitude, and rediscover their best selves within motherhood.
And I know that you can get there too!