Announcement! – I have a Mom Blog now. *Shudders* Why on earth would I decide to take my rambling public? Goodness woman. There’s seventy million moms out there already writing about sleep deprivation, adventures in potty training, and coffee till wine memes. Why start a mom blog when there are a million already?
I’ve been writing on this blog for a while now, mostly to document our life and adventures and share them with our friends and family. But those of you who’ve dropped in before may have noticed that the blog got a little bit of an upgrade these past couple months (maybe you haven’t and I’m entirely too self-inflated!) I’m taking this show on the figurative road.
I don’t know where this blog will go. Maybe I’ll nurture this thing like a newborn and it will be read by 10 people. Maybe the Today show will call me tomorrow and declare me a parenting sensation because I managed to string two sentences together and put on pants this morning. The possibilities are endless.
So why start a mom blog?
I want a new challenge.
I love being a stay at home mom, but between the dishes and the laundry, there isn’t a lot of mental stimulation happening. There are only so many episodes of Paw Patrol a woman can watch before her brain turns to Jell-O. This is a scientific fact. I read it on the internet, so it must be true.
I need hobbies.
I absolutely love the challenge of learning something new. I start endless hobbies because I’m nuts, but also because staying stagnant sounds absolutely suffocating. I would legit go back to college just to take classes for fun if I could.
Here’s a sampling of my attempted hobbies in the past few years:
Carpentry & Furniture Building
Furniture Refinishing & Upcycling
Travel with Kids
Canning (yes, like preserving food in jars)
DIY Beauty Product Making
DIY Cleaning Product Making
All Crafts on Pinterest
Excessive Party Decorations
I’ve had varying levels of success.
I try a lot of things, just to learn how to do them. Honestly, I’m not always that good at stuff. Damn you crochet!! But I’m always all in. I have this problem with dipping my toes gently into something. I tend to just go ALL OUT RIGHT AWAY. I worry about my actual skill level later.
It’s good sometimes to be pragmatic about your skill level, lest you spend an entire summer wearing homemade clothing because you were operating under the delusional belief that you were good at sewing.
Maybe normal people don’t attempt to go camping for the first time with a 1 year old and a 3 year by themselves.
But sometimes my unshakable belief that I can master anything if I’m committed enough works out in my favor.
When I decided to take up carpentry my husband was a little skeptical. Of course Jake loves me, and believes in me, and supports me 100%. But let’s be honest. Who here wouldn’t be a little concerned when their pregnant wife announces that she’s taking her moderate skills with a basic tool box and building floor to ceiling bookcase. Dude don’t worry. It will be fine.
Those bookcases turned out fabulous.
All this is to say I have a 50/50 shot of actually reaching people who want to read what I’ve written or having literally no one even understand what I’m talking about.
So why start a mom blog?
Life has been too routine around here lately. I’m a suburban mom of 2… we are constantly busy with the oddly full social schedule of a 4-year-old and a 2-year- old. But it’s all routine. Colds, holidays, school commitments, doctor’s appointments, family obligations – these are not things that light a fire in the soul. I’m not saying life around here is bad, but I love the spark of excitement that builds when I’m on the verge of a new project.
But really. Why a blog?
Last year our family embarked on our#yearofadventure. We visited 100 parks, traveled a lot, had a crap ton of fun, and learned soooo much. We also had epic meltdowns, serious fails, many frustrations, and frequent less than Instagram worthy moments.
But when I was searching the deep recesses of the internet for families who were crazy like ours, I couldn’t find a lot of blogs about families I could relate to. We aren’t a full-time travel family living in a RV and taking endlessly perfect photos in the sunset. But we aren’t a complete hot mess failure family either (well, ok, depends on the day). We’re just… somewhere in the middle. We have our good days and our bad days, but we keep trying anyways.
I kept looking for someone, somewhere to be like – Hey! We go on adventures and they are awesome and epic, but also my kid spent 3 hours on a boat tour in the Tetons screaming uncontrollably. These things can coexist! You can have adventures with your kids. It won’t be perfect, but it will be so worth it.
So I started this blog so I could say Hey! You can have adventures with your kids. It won’t be perfect, but it will be so worth it.
I would love it if you would follow along and share the misadventures with me!
Interested in reading more about why other moms are starting blogs?
Head over to my internet BFF Mom’s Got it Made and read her post – What Compels Millions of Women to Start Mom Blogs?
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