Welcome to the first post! It’s not the prettiest thing for now, and since time is a factor, just know that the look and feel of it all is really going to be “under construction”…for a while. Anyway, this is a huge step for me, so I thank you for joining me on this new, liberating hobby!
Anyway…..why start a blog now? Well….
When I was a child, there were three things that I wanted to be: a businesswoman, an Egyptologist and a writer. The businesswoman came into play because I thought that’s how people made money, and also, because Day to Night Barbie had it all together. I was firm on the Egyptologist, until someone told me that by the time that I grew up, there would be nothing left to discover (heartbreak!). Lastly, I always played with the idea of becoming a writer, because I love telling stories. I love the idea that you can take the strangest, and sometimes most annoying parts of your life, and spin it in a way that entertains other people. I also loved that you could do something to really let your creative side out. Of course, I always doubted that I was ever that good at writing, so I eventually abandoned it.
It was until recently, that I remembered how much I loved writing down my thoughts. I used to have a (secret) diary as a child, and wrote down my stories on a daily basis. I enjoyed the opportunity as a child and teen to write elaborate stories, which always seem to garner praise. Later in life, I would write blogs when I lived and travelled abroad. It was a way to tell people what I was experiencing. Writing those events down helped me remember the look and feel them – so that they were never just a distant memory. Now, I find myself in a position where telling my own personal journey feels therapeutic. Writing a blog seems to be the perfect solution to recovery and a way entertain my old aspirations.
The title itself, “This Mommy Is Real”, took all of five minutes to come up with. It was a play on “The Struggle is Real”.. More importantly, utilizing that title also meant that I have transitioned into a role that had previously been foreign to me; “Mommy” is now a great part of who I am, and I’m learning to accept it. Thus, it’s a big step to associate that role to a dream that was part of the old me. Also, for those that know me personally, “Real” is just what I am. I am a direct person, and I will be honest if you’re able to take it. I find that the honesty and raw emotions I share help people find comfort with their own issues. If not that, at least it’s a funny story to laugh at.
This blog will focus on so much more than just the mommy issues. As a sufferer from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, many of the entries will focus on that. However, I also see this as an opportunity to share my struggle with deciding on motherhood, loss of family (parental, pregnancy), and just the stress of work, and being an anxiety-prone, worrisome person. While that seems like a downer, I hope that in being open about that these things, it would help others to know that they are not alone. I’ll also share ideas on what I have done to overcome these obstacles. Hopefully, I’d also like to have others share their stories on the blog, because while not everyone’s story is the same, the feelings that we experience are universal
I promise to throw s in some happy light hearted stories too. I’ll touch on funny experiences, my addiction to Poshmark, books that I’m reading, and any other hobbies I may suddenly get into (Thrifting anyone???). If there’s anything that you’d like to chat or hear me write about, let me know! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!