After becoming a mother in 2012, Kristen Samson Jackson wanted to share her experiences, thoughts and fears (as she puts it) and her blog, Mommy’s New Groove, was born. Jackson is quick to point out that she doesn’t have all the answers, but we are happy to join her on her motherhood journey. It is, after all, pretty groovy.
After my daughter was born, I felt extremely lonely and isolated. While I talked to my parents and friends daily, there was something that felt empty inside. I began to write things down and it turned into an amazing outlet for me. Once the postpartum lifted and I got back to some of the things I did before I was pregnant, I found myself talking to other new moms about our new lives. That’s when I realized what wonders a mom support group can do. I began sharing some of my writing with various people on various sites and finally decided to dedicate my own blog to the new life I had been given.
Honest. Funny. Supportive.
My favorite post I’ve written is “The Effects of Being Too Busy.” I actually have to remind myself of this post on a daily basis. As a multitasker, I love being busy. One day, I realized the negative effects my desire to be busy all time had on my life as a mom and precious moments I had with my daughter. It serves as a reminder that when I want to take on yet another project, think about what I can be doing instead. And if that “instead” includes making memories with my daughter, then I gladly turn that project down. This post reminds me, “Hey Mom! You’re missing out!”
It is never easy to balance all the responsibilities we have. However, what I find works for me is to have a flexible schedule. When I first started blogging, I was told to carve out blogging time. In the beginning, this helped tremendously. However, as time went on, I realized that other responsibilities began to slip through the cracks. As my blog was inspired by the constantly changing landscape of motherhood, I needed to be flexible with my schedule too! I always make sure to spend a few hours a day focused on the blog, whether it be during the day or in the evenings.
Probably the best thing a friend told me was that my daughter will make many friends over her lifetime. However, she will only have one mom. I am here to be her mother, not her friend.
Every day comes with its own personality! So this is a tough one! However, barring all other events, usually the day starts with a protein shake and coffee! Then its off to bring my daughter to pre-k. During the time she is in school, I can be found working at a local Starbucks or running errands. I pick her up from school in time for lunch. She’s usually off to dance or acting class in the afternoon. Then I head to my parents’ house (who live about 20 minutes away) to drop her off for dinner. I teach fitness classes most evenings, so they are a huge help to me! After my sweaty night job, it’s home to shower and grab a cup of tea! The days are usually filled with a lot of driving. So perhaps a lease on my car wasn’t the smartest idea! Over mileage much?
To be true to who you are and always start from an honest place. What is the goal of your blog? To connect? Inspire? Or are you trying to make some money to supplement either the loss in paid work? It is very easy to be seduced by the success stories of bloggers who made crazy amounts of money within their first 3 months. I find that amazing and have a lot of respect for the work that those bloggers have done to get there. However, you need to decide if certain opportunities where money may be involved is worth it. Will it stay true to your brand and the blog intent? If you are true to why you started in the first place, your blog will be a success.