I dropped off the face off of the earth. I know. I’m sorry. A while back I received an email from a follower that said simply, “Where’d you go, Inland Mama?”. Well – that’s a long story. But let me quickly delve into where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and why I have chosen to “come back”.
First thing first, you may have noticed I had a second baby. Little miss Leona has been the biggest blessing – every day she brings us so much joy. She also forced me to figure out exactly what was important to me in life. Raising two littles who are 18 months apart can be challenging. I had two in diapers (yes, we still chose to cloth diaper). I had two to wear when we went anywhere. Trips to Target became double the work, and like everything else, double the fun. I quickly realized that in order to keep balance in my life I was going to have to give up a few things, at least temporarily.
One of the first things I had to cut out was blogging. I came to the conclusion that for at least a short amount of time, I needed to focus on my babies and on being present for them. I missed writing and I missed all of my followers, but I still believe it was the right choice for me and my family at that time.
Of course, I couldn’t totally give up “working” – so I started to teach the Intro to Cloth Diapering class at Mothers’ Haven once a month. In August of 2015, I decided to pursue something that I am extremely passionate about. My amazing husband worked from home so he could watch the girls for a full week while I undertook the training course to become a CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician). I spent a lot of time working with Margaret and Becky (the new fabulous owner of Mothers’ Haven) to plan and bring to life a Car Seat Safety Basics class – which got put on hold as they transitioned ownership (It’s a reality now though, so please check it out!). Then, in December 2015, I received an email from a baby product vendor. They wanted to meet regarding a part time marketing position.
When Leona was 11 months old, I went “back to work”. I had a proper office job with a desk and an opportunity to put my creativity to work. I loved the company and the lovely women that I worked with, and I dove head first into the role. I learned a ton, and was inspired to be surrounded by these awesome working mamas. However, after 9 months in the role I realized that an office job was not the best choice for me or for my family. I needed more flexibility, and I wanted to be able to work with lots of vendors, instead of focusing on one product line.
When I decided about a month ago to end that chapter of my life, things started to move quickly. I was approached about helping Mothers Haven with product research, and then social media. A friend in the baby industry helped to push me into more speaking opportunities, and last weekend I traveled to Tacoma for Baby Bump Expo Northwest to talk about cloth diapering. It made me realize just how much I love teaching people about all things cloth diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding and car seat safety. I love being a small part of each family’s journey, and I am grateful to be able to empower them and give them confidence as parents.
So, with the encouragement of my family and friends, I have decided to do exactly that. Through speaking, writing and social media, I want to share myself with this community again. I ask you humbly, will you take me back? There is nothing I would like more than to be a positive part of your parenting experience.
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