Just a mom, trying to "win" the day, regain a little bit of "me" and "balance" it ALL!
It's funny how life changes.
For 16 years, I was a tech nerd. I spent my days implementing software across the country remotely. I had an MBA from Georgetown University; over 15 years of project management expertise in federal government, civilian and not-for-profit sectors; and a dream job that found ME after B-school. My 12 years of living in Washington D.C. while working on the technical infrastructure for seven government agencies afforded me a secret security clearance. (Full disclosure: It's no longer active). As cliche as it might sound, life was good, I was the career driven "fun" aunt.
So I never thought I would get married. Never thought I’d have kids. And I certainly never thought I would be a stay-at-home mom.
And then I fell in love with this boy
In the short span of ONE year, I got married, gained an incredible bonus son, moved to North Carolina (after having lived and breathed D.C. for 12 years!), got pregnant with my first child and became a NEW mom.
I was lucky. My job allowed me to work from home so I could see my son more and spend quality time with him each and every day. Since then, we moved to our dream city of Charleston, South Carolina (As a born and raised southerner, I always knew I would raise my littles in the South!) and welcomed a little girl in 2016.
I had a corporate job I loved, one that paid me very well, allowed me to work from home and challenged me on a daily basis as well as an amazing husband/partner/father-to-my-children and, yes, a nanny. From the outside it probably looked like my life was perfect. So what more could I want, you might ask? Me. I wanted me. And that is really how this all began.
becoming a stay-at-home mom (SAHM)
You could say that I didn’t recognize the woman in the mirror. My priorities changed. What I thought I wanted changed. Instead, I wanted to be the mom that took her kids on adventures every day. I wanted to be the best version of me, for them.
So in 2017, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom (a lot happened at once to "help" this decision along, but I guess you could say the Universe knew what I needed before I did).
It's been quite a journey adjusting from "executive" to a full-time, stay-at-home mom. This role is one I NEVER imagined I would take on, nor is it one I would’ve ever imagined would be THIS challenging. Give me office politics, unrealistic client expectations, scope creep, tight deadlines or 80-hour office weeks any day over a dual tantrum between a 3-year-old and a 1-year old! But I love this role, and as challenging as it can be (and I'm always up for a good challenge), I recognized that I wanted to share what I have found with others.
So this is my journey. And I'm taking that journey one day at a time and enjoying each twist and turn. Do I fall down? Yes. Do I make excuses? Yes. But what I also do is always try to be better than I was yesterday.
Meet my crew
Now my life is all about Lowcountry living in Charleston, South Carolina with my husband, Ian, bonus son, Chance, strong-willed wild man, Shepard, and sassy princess, Dagney.