We all love being a mom, before we talk about mom life, share with us who you are. We want to know your story- what do you love to do? Who are you?
I am a woman who wears many hats. I am a wife, mommy, sister, friend, soror, professional, entrepreneur, foodie, baker, off-key singer, silly dancer, and adventure seeker. I am a woman who has learned to love life in all of it’s good and not-so-good moments (I didn’t always). I have learned to embrace the ups and downs of life as lessons that will ultimately help me grow myself in all areas. I am a person who truly enjoys making people smile, who finds so much joy in helping others not just for a day, but for a lifetime. I grew up in Montbello, a suburb of Northeast Denver, CO. I am the youngest of 5 children, and like many others, grew up in a very dysfunctional home. I experience sexual abuse at a young age, and developed some very unhealthy outlooks on what a relationship should be like. I went through my first years of college in a daze of drinking, smoking marijuana, and just having absolutely no clear direction of where I wanted to go in life. I ultimately dropped out of college, stopped drinking and using marijuana, went on to work my way up the corporate ladder as a private client banker in a major national bank, and while I enjoyed my career, I still felt so unfulfilled. I was in a very unhealthy relationship, had a newborn son, and decided to make some major life shifts. I switched gears on my career, went through a separation, and began working for Weld County WIC. I am able to help moms and babies by providing a sense of community, resources, and breastfeeding support. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor, and have been able to help other moms avoid the feelings of frustration and isolation that I felt in my early months of being a new mom. Upon meeting my now wife, my life took another turn. I learned through her what a healthy, mature relationship should be. I learned how to communicate, and how to set healthy boundaries in all areas of my life. I learned how to build a marriage and a partnership with her. I learned how to ask for and accept help from her, as opposed to burning myself out trying to do everything myself. (Yes, we are all superwomen, but we are also human.) I learned what it means to love and be loved unconditionally. Coincidentally, as I began my new career and my marriage, I also began to connect with business owners who were willing to guide me and mentor me and help me realize my true passion, which is being an entrepreneur. My ultimate goal is to be a full-time mom, a full-time wife, and to help others along the way.
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
Motherhood has taught me that I am not just raising a child, I am taking an adult through childhood. I feel an immense sense of responsibility in that. It has taught me to laugh more, embrace my silly side because I know that my son loves it, and to guide him with both love and firmness. I have learned that children spell LOVE as T-I-M-E. I’ve learned that, as much as I loved and cherished my son’s baby and toddler years, the most important and crucial years are to come in his adolescence and teen years, as this is when the influence of his peers will be so much stronger. I strive to be his closest confidant through these times, and the most emotionally stable and reliable source of information for my son as he learns to navigate his life more independently.