It is just after 4:45 am on a Monday morning and I am racing to the ATM machine in middle-America, Missouri. My change oil light just came on and I am hustling to arrive at the gym by 5am or my 5:15 am spin class composed predominantly of other moms, will be full. I awoke at 4:30 am to six text messages, most of which happened well after I went to sleep and one of which happened at 4:13 am. When my alarm clock went off I was already wearing my workout clothes. I have a toothpaste stain on my shirt from last night’s bedtime routine. My cell phone beeps a reminder that tonight is my turn to bring the baseball snack. I mentally go over my to-do list for the day as I both drive and try to catch the global daily news updates on NPR. And so begins another day in the life of a modern millennial mother. A life that I absolutely love, but a life that is busier than I ever imagined possible! If you were born in 1978 or later and have children, you know exactly what I am talking about. We are millennial moms.
The hardest job we will ever do that we love, is motherhood. No other occupation requires absolutely everything you have to offer, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week including holidays, nights and weekends. And millennial moms don’t just child rear. Over sixty-four percent of us have a second job outside the home. We carpool, we entertain, we own our own businesses. And if all of this were not enough, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Report, over two million mom’s in the United States choose to home-school. We taxi our children to every activity under the sun. We volunteer. We counsel. And thanks to the New Domesticity movement we feel societal pressures to grow our own organic gardens, can our own produce, compost, and sew. Modern motherhood is no joke! In the midst of all this awe-inspiring accomplishment, it can become quite easy to misplace your mommy mojo.
After the birth of my first child there were days I found myself searching for the person I was before I had children. Like most new moms, I was tired from being up all night with a new baby. I was often living in spandex from the gym on my fifth day of dry shampoo. My mojo was no where to be found. Who had time for personal hygiene when I was up to my eyeballs in pureed, organic baby food? “When my baby gets older I will make sleep a higher priority.” Or, “Once I get past the hectic holiday season, I will finally slow down and learn to embrace motherhood.” When I stopped and listened, I heard other overwhelmed mothers making similar excuses.
Necessity may be the motherhood of invention but in this case motherhood was the inspiration. This blog was created as a platform to share my personal style and opinions on topics ranging from fashion and fitness to etiquette, travel and of course, motherhood. As modern day mothers we are all on a similar journey. We all want what is best for our children and we all aspire to have a happy family. This blog is for the mother with the high power career. This blog is for the mother who has sacrificed her career to stay at home with her children, and also for the mom whose decision to work outside the home has less to do with choices and more to do with financial necessity. No matter your current situation, all mothers are on the same wild and crazy journey and we all deserve to maintain a little mommy mojo!