After having Ellie in 2010 my whole being became even more focused on my children. I stopped doing the things I loved like reading, making jewelry, watching my favorite TV shows. I simply got so wrapped up in being a mom of two that I neglected me.
I know that’s a big reason why I had a mental health crisis when Ellie was just a few months old. I didn’t have any stress relief. No creative outlets to funnel my anxiety into. No self care to speak of.
That’s when I started making jewelry again and decided to sell it. It was a lot of extra work for this already super busy mama, but it was fun too. I found a part of me again, which I had let myself lose. The creative, artistic, professional side. The woman who craved adult interaction. Who loved my former marketing career. Who was good at being so much more than mom.
I know a lot of moms who have found their way back to their own creative and professional outlets after having kids. Its so easy to become wrapped up in our children, that all encompassing job that brings so much joy yet so much challenge. But when we find an at home business or hobby to light us up, the day to day stress of motherhood feels a bit easier. Or at least that’s how I feel.
After having kids…
My friend Julie is developing her photography talents, and starting her own family photography business. She just took my kids holiday photos this week! (Here’s a sneak peek.)
My other friend Julie started making and selling adorable onesies and other preemie wearables. And my friend Keri kicked off a wildly successful photography business.