In the Company of "Mommy Bloggers"
As I transition my from SAHM to WAHM, I've taken opportunities that include travel away from my little ones. Doing so comes with its home-life challenges and the constant pursuit of balance.
This summer was a busy one for me and my family. As I’ve transitioned from SAHM to WAHM and built my blog on multiracial parenting and legacy building from hobby to bigger platforms, I’ve taken opportunities that include travel away from my little ones. I’m grateful to have a supportive spouse who also pushes me to go, but doing so comes with its home-life challenges and the constant pursuit of balance as a WAHM.
Finding childcare, for starters, is really hard. I am responsible for making sure my babies are taken care of on a day to day basis. Asking someone to watch them while I attended Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) in New York City was not an easy task. And again, a few weeks later, attending another conference in Atlanta was a difficult good bye—I was excited to grow professionally, but felt the pangs of guilt firmly in my chest as my plane took off, leaving my husband and two small babies for the long weekend. Even our family vacation this year was centered around a blogging conference—it was in beautiful Florida, so I didn’t feel as bad, but the family still had to bend to my work schedule.
When in the company of “Mommy Bloggers”—a term that many in the industry despise—however, that paralyzing guilt lessens as you’re constantly reminded that you aren’t the only one juggling reality’s many facets. For every bit of doubt you feel, every moment of guilt, there are 10 other bloggers in the same room with those exact sentiments. Yet, they remain driven by professional gain and personal ambitions. It’s truly an inspiring energy to be around.
Blogging is a world that is cemented by women and in no small part, by mothers. Whereas in many industries, women are the minority, the world of blogging is uber feminine. While sometimes wrought with drama, being in the company of business women makes my professional pursuit so much easier. The women I report to are all mothers—sometimes even bloggers themselves—who understand my child’s needs. They know that toddlers get sick or just need extra mom time. In these mommy bloggers, not only do I have firm business friendships, but a mom village that understands my professional/personal balance completely—I am 100% mom, just with lots of deadlines.
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