I was 22. I lived with my best friend in a charming, but dark, and ever-messy apartment in our college town. Well, now her college town. I had decided to change majors, which led me to change schools. It was a new, cold year, and I was full of hope. I had a new plan. Having just finished a year of working full-time and going to school part-time, building up my credentials and working in the field before I committed to the change, I was ready to take the next steps in my nursing career. I had found my new direction, I was sure of it; I had taken all the steps to know for sure this time. I had many ambitions, and this was one, but only one of many. I had just begun the long application process for the nursing program of my choice: an accelerated LPN program, so that I could essentially make up for the time I had lost changing life paths. I was in a hurry to get away from near minimum wage pay and the 'assistant' portion of my titles. A full degree and then graduate school was still a later part of the plan. I was embarking on a promising journey, and the future felt near. I was sorted and ready. And then I learned I was to become a mother.
Motherhood has become my greatest-albeit unforeseen-accomplishment. My little son is the best part of my life. Being his mama sharpens all of my best qualitites, and gives me the avenue to pursue all of my passions and talents. I don't have it all figured out, but I think I am doing the world's okayest job figuring it out. What I have figured out, is that often the best thing you can do is fake it 'till you make it. I believe that hard work and elbow grease trump talent (although I didn't always believe that...hi, former college GPA). I live for wild flowers, well-styled photographs, and great typography; have a penchant for jazz, literature, and chai tea lattes; and trust in tomorrows, planners, and mood boards. I have found that when these things are not enough, sarcasm, rap, and expletives will not let you down. I know my weaknesses and I know my limits. I am inspired by them. Inspired to strengthen them and surpass them.
I am a mother, and I am in love with my title. Here I will document my trials and errors as I grow a little human, as I myself grow also. I would be honored if you tag along, and maybe, grow along with us, too.