So what am I doing writing a blog?
Being a new mom, I’m slightly obsessed with my tiny human. I love the way she talks, eats, sleeps, poops, grows, and learns daily. She is the most adorable, sweetest little babe I’ve ever known. Also, I know how quickly the past three months that she has been out of my belly have flown by, and I’m anticipating the following 18+ years to fly by just as quickly (if not more so). One day soon, I know I will look back on her little life and think about the adventures we’ve shared and how I wish that I could relive them over and over again. However, that’s not possible (at least until time travel is successfully established).
So, first, I am using this blog to record these moments – in words, photos, and memories. Why? I don’t want to forget. Everyday I am learning new things about my daughter and my husband, as well as myself. These are the moments that I don’t want to forget. Let’s call this blog a “virtual scrapbook” of our family’s adventures together.
Over the past two years, I have stumbled upon so many beautiful “mommy blogs” and “lifestyle blogs” that have inspired and encouraged me in my day-to-day life of marriage and motherhood. Honestly, I just enjoy reading the beautiful words that people are capable of presenting in such simple, yet elegant ways. Some of my favorite sites to follow include Letters to Ever, Miss Kyree Loves, and Mary Lauren. These ladies share some of the sweetest mommy moments they have with their little ones. They also frequently share different products or ideas that they find helpful in this thing we call motherhood – baby products, clothing, Netflix kid shows, etc.
My favorite lifestyle blog to follow is by far New Darlings. This husband and wife team share topics from fashion and travel to food and home décor. I stumbled upon each of these blogs via Instagram, and I have fallen in love with the content that they share. I am always finding new recipes to try or being inspired by different family activities that they share on their blogs. Most of all, I simply enjoy reading what they write. Being able to genuinely enjoy reading about the experiences of people who, yes, I may not know personally, but I can look to for creativity and inspiration, is something that keeps me returning to each of these blogs. These beautiful humans open up a portion of their lives to share with people that they will more than likely never meet face-to-face. This form of vulnerability is inviting to their readers, including a new mom such as myself. Granted, there is no mom out there who is perfect (although, my own mother comes very close), and I don’t look to these other moms I follow as if they have it all together 100% of the time. However, it seems to me that the more honest we are about our own struggles and victories, the better chance we have of potentially helping, encouraging, and uplifting other moms out there who may be going through similar experiences.
Secondly, I am hoping to be an avenue of encouragement to other moms out there, as well as being able to continue learning from and being inspired by those similar to me.
Those who know me personally know that I am not much of a “talker.” I wouldn’t consider myself to be a “social butterfly.” I enjoy keeping to myself. I enjoy solitude. Small social settings, such that you may find at an informal family gathering or friendly get-together may be something that I find enjoyable (sometimes just tolerable). I honestly only have two or three close friends, but I am perfectly content, happy even, being “unsocial” with the outside world, overall. So…
Lastly, this blog is a tool. It is an opportunity for me to grow. I want to be a better communicator. How is writing this blog going to help me progress in my communication skills? The truth is, it may very well not. However, I see it as an opportunity for me to put my pen to paper and simply practice. Even if I am merely communicating to an online audience (or just my own mother – because she will be the only one to read this), I am still practicing the skill. The way I see it, the more confident I become in my communications (whatever form that may take), the better I will be at communicating in general.
If you were to ask me today what my goals are in writing this blog, these are the goals that I would tell you. Will these goals change? Absolutely! I want this process to always be evolving with time. Things will change. My family and I will learn and grow with time, and as we grow, I want this record to grow with us.