This week we catch up with Jill Robbins of Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. She’s a wife, mom, freelance writer, blogger, speaker, producer and a proud Texan. When she’s not busy raising her three children, she can be found sipping a cup of coffee, jogging or writing her next masterpiece. She likes to think of her blog as a place to find the funny in the mundane parts of parenthood, aging and life in general.
What made you want to start your own parenting blog?
I started my blog to document my adoption stories. When we started to struggle, I painted a super rosy picture of our adoptions. I started writing some more raw, honest essays and found it cathartic. I decided to drop the act and tell it like it was…and people started reading. It’s been a really fun journey.
What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?
Honest, funny, hot mess
What is your favorite blog post to date?
What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?
Balance is something I struggle with. I don’t have a good answer for this. Some weeks I feel organized and balanced like I have it all together and I’m convinced my list making and all those books I read on being organized are paying off. Other weeks I’m running around like a crazy person because I can’t find my car keys and I forget to pick my kids up.
What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?
“You are the mom.” You can read all the parenting books in the world but at some point you have to trust your gut and your instincts. You will get it wrong sometimes…even a lot. But you are the mom.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My husband brings me coffee in bed…don’t hate me. He goes to work really early so he does that for me as an alarm clock. I get my two boys dressed and ready for school and make them breakfast. After I walk them to school, I exercise and then start writing. I don’t really have a typical day. I spend about 30 minutes curating content for social media and reading other bloggers’ work. I’m super disorganized and easily distracted so it’s hard for me to give you a picture of a typical day. My kids are involved in sports so that always involves a lot of running around and outfit changes. The one thing that’s constant is that we eat dinner as a family every night. It might be canned soup or frozen pizza but unless something out of the ordinary is happening, we eat dinner together.
What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?
Be yourself. Learn all you can. Find your people. Your people are out there. Be humble and gracious. Say thank you.