you guys!!!!! oh.my.gosh. YOU GUYS! i am SO EXCITED about winning this!!!!! mostly because i feel like i am in such kick ass company- (previous winners are mom101, sweatpants mom, cmhl, mrs fortune, izzy, etc) and that seriously is the most flattering part for me. because i read and love all of their blogs, so to be in the same arena as them- well, it freaking rocks!!! thank you to everyone who voted for me! i know i bribed you with brownies so come over and you can have some! thanks again really. i'm excited beyond reasonable excitedness. and i'm a dork.
Here is the interview.
1. How long have you been blogging?
i started blogging on January 1st of 2006! started the new year off right, oh yeah!!
2. What made you start a blog?
cliff notes version= my grandpa.whole story= i have a message board that i’ve run for over 5 years now, and i never really felt the need to have a blog… even though a bunch of people always told me i should start one. i couldn’t think of just what the hell i’d write on a blog that i wasn’t already blabbing about, all day long, on the message board. but this past christmas, i had a conversation with my grandpa, who is now pretty much home bound. he has the beginning stages of parkinson’s disease, but he is always on the computer looking things up, reading things, etc. i asked him if he read blogs and he said that he read lots of them! so i told him i’d start one for him. that i’d start blogging so he could have something to read everyday from me. and that is how it started, which is why you see lots of “omg, grandpa don’t read this… grandpa skip #4″ type things in my posts! ha!
3. What is your greatest challenge as a mom?
i think my greatest challenge is just trying to raise a really good man and being someone that he can be proud of and look up to for the right reasons. i think it’s so hard to teach your kids everything you want to teach them (jessica is a filthy whore who did nick wrong- don’t date a jessica) verbally, and sometimes you just have to lead by example. i think it’s challenging to be a good & tough mom - which you have to be sometimes- and not feel guilty about it. it’s challenging at times to look at the bigger picture instead of just the moment. but it’s all worth it. and i’m proud of the mom i am, and the child i’ve raised so far.
4. How do you keep your identity as a PERSON, outside of being a mom?
HA! for me, i think it’s more along the lines of “how do i keep my identity as a mom, outside of just being this crazy, wacky person?” i’m not sure i’ve ever had the problem of feeling or feeling like i’m being perceived as “just” a mom. working full time outside the home where i’m surrounded by people who don’t see me in “mommy mode” definitely helps in that regard. also not having blake every other weekend (because he’s with his dad) is huge in the “omg, i actually HAVE a life!” factor of things.
5. What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to moms everywhere?
to seriously, just freaking love the person you are!! the mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, fiance, aunt, cousin, boss, employee, dog’s sister’s cousins brother,etc. life is hard and being a mom is no exception. we all do things differently, and that’s okay. i just think it’s so important to be happy in what you choose to do and how you choose to do it. someone once told me, “things don’t happen for the best.. you make the best out of the things that happen” and it’s kind of always stuck with me. embrace the woman you are. whatever type of person that may be. love it because there’s no one else like you. and have fun!!