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The year was 2009 and I had just started my PhD. I had just turned 30 and the world was literally my oyster. I had spent the better part of my 20s pining over one idiot or another - moment of silence for all those youthful pointless relationships - sigh...yeah ok, more on that further down the road. Although I had been in school for what felt like forever, I felt like I had nothing to show for it: no house, no kids (most of my friends were on baby number 2 and I couldn't even figure out who could be a potential mate. So when I turned the big 3-0, I entered into the new decade with one resolve:
TO DO BETTER!
Fast forward 10 years and God has been good. The last decade literally felt like a whirlwind and life was so busy between getting married, having kids and finishing up the PhD - thank you Lord - I have barely had time to catch my breath.
And once again I find myself at a new crossroad and I feel ready to give back. To share the nuggets of wisdom learned along the way AND to exchange ideas on how to build a home and a career.
If there is something I have learned about being a career mama, it is that:
“You CAN have it all, but you may not actually want it all...and more often than not you can't handle all at once." - Career Slay Mama
I will be sharing more on my motherhood journey and lessons I am learning everyday - and others that I am still re-learning.
I have spent a lot of time "chasing it" and trying to "get it" and in the season where I am at, I have a lot of friends who have achieved great things, climbed great career heights, checked many a box and yet still struggle to find joy.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers. 3 John1:2 (NKJV)
In the box-checking, dream-chasing, mountain climbing, I have learned that fundamentally as long as my soul is not prospering, none of these other things matter. And what prospers my soul is my relationship with God and knowing Jesus. Nothing compares to knowing Him, knowing He's got my back. Knowing that no matter how low I go He can always bring me higher. Nothing is sweeter than just resting in His presence. It is irreplaceable. I don't have the privilege of NOT knowing Him - I need Him!
After God, my family is what matters most to me. I am crazy about my husband, who has been my BFF for the past 10 years and counting. He is a very private man so I will not be speaking too much about him because I respect that not everyone is as much of an open book as I am. I am a proud mama of three beautiful babies - yes they will ALWAYS be my babies. I have a 1st grader, and twins, yes twins. Preschooler twins. Yes, twins run in my family - all around the house up and down and in the back yard. My children are the loves of my life. And I respect their future privacy too so I will do my best to minimize exposing them to this new blog world that I am entering.
I feel like I have spent the past 10 years taking care of everybody else. So this blog is a transition for me - an opportunity to re-member ME. I will be sharing knowledge that has been endowed on me through mentors, teachers, friends and LIFE. I will be sharing nuggets about how motherhood has changed me and the challenges and victories of being a working mom.
Apart from my immediate family and one or two friends, my 30s felt really lonely - motherhood does that sometimes. So I hope this blog will fill that gap and that season while you're down in the trenches mothering small children and wondering if you'll get to your dreams. BUT this is not a one-way street. I need you to partner with me. I want to celebrate your victories and motivate you to get things done that you didn't think you could. I will be rooting for you to fulfil your dreams and goals!
Having kids is not a pre-requisite, so grab your coffee, your phone or tablet and journey along as we figure out career dilemmas and transitions TOGETHER.
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