As a doula, mother, and fellow human of this world...here are the top 5 reasons I decided a blog was the way to go (in no particular order)...
1. Authenticity. Sharing life is essential to being human. It's how we connect, learn, grow, and ultimately embrace this mess we've been given called "life". Knowing that we aren't the only ones with a mess on our hands is actually really helpful in accepting who we are and moving forward with who we want to be. I aim to bring authentic conversations to the table, sharing blog posts on both professional and personal insights, and hopefully sharing encouragement and companionship through each post.
2. An irrational love of lists. Grocery lists, lists of favorite things, wishlists, you name the list - I've probably made it (doesn't always mean that everything's crossed off, but that's besides the point). Be certain that subscribing to this blog definitely means you'll be getting some of my favorite lists sent your way.
3. Women supporting women. Childbearing has been an intimate part of the culture of women since "women" began. This should bring us closer together, not further apart. As a doula, I want to share practical and emotional advice with how to cope with the process of childbearing. As a mom, I want to highlight the ways that we are able to share both our joy and our grief in this unique experience. I recognize that not one-size-fits-all, and that's totally okay. This blog is all about sharing knowledge, encouragement and an understanding that we are all doing the best we can with what we've got!
4. A creative outlet. Writing, photography, and design is a creative process. Selfishly, this blog gives me a way to challenge myself creatively and hopefully I can benefit a few others throughout the process.
5. Why not? I have found that there are more reasons to write a blog than to not. Maybe it stays a more personal collection of my musings. Maybe it turns into part of my professional career. You might be asking, do we really need another mom blog? Do we really need more input, with all of the opinions already floating around the internet? Well, I've asked myself these same questions, and have come to this answer; no, no we don't. In the same way that we don't need to eat more chocolate or learn to write in cursive, we don't need more writings from someone like me... and yet, we still eat chocolate, write pretty sayings on paper, and search the internet in hopes that we'll find a connection with someone else's creative outlet. Who knows - maybe you'll connect with mine -and really, that's enough reason for me.