Almost 9 years ago, I started a blog. It was a completely different time on the internet, the days of which blogs were more like online journals and less like people trying to influence what you buy.
I was newly pregnant at the time and it was a way to document our daily life and my excitement about impending motherhood. Over time, it became one of the most helpful ways for to me connect with other moms when new parenthood looked a lot different than what I had initially expected.
To say the transition was challenging, would be an understatement. I struggled immensely with the lack of sleep and the challenges of nursing all combined with significant anxiety. I often felt isolated being home with a baby who was upset a lot of the days (and nights).
I found my online connection with other moms going through this, a life saver. It normalized my feelings, but also encouraged me to reach out for help. I am forever grateful for that community of people who supported me so significantly during a hard stage of life.
As time went on and our children grew older, it didn’t feel so much like it was my story to share online anymore, so I made the decision to stop blogging. Our stories were more personal and less about me and more about them as individuals.
Social media wasn’t anything like it is now. Recently I have struggled, just like many others with the comparison trap. The bright and cheerful photos when much of life doesn’t look like that. But I have also found that it can be a wonderful way to connect with others. I hope that by sharing again, both the highlights and the struggles, that it can be a way of connection once again.
I am excited to start blogging again. My life looks so different than it did nine years ago and I also have learned so much. I am a reader, a photographer, an educator, a mental health advocate and someone who loves connecting with the people and world around me. I hope to share a mix of these topics on this space and I am so happy you are following along. <3