Welcome back to another Feature Friday! Today we are highlighting I just wanna finish my….coffee, meal, sentence, thought… Her blog is great! It has a big variety of hacks, mom life, recipes, and projects to do with your kiddos!
I’m an occupational therapist turned stay at home mom of two little ones who wants to contribute to the blogging world. I know I have learned countless helpful ideas through the posts of other bloggers, and I hope that something I share could be helpful to another person out there. My husband, who is my high school sweetheart, and I live in Indiana.
- What made you want to start blogging?
Because the kids have taken my brain. I was having days where I honestly felt like I couldn’t put together coherent sentences. I realized that most of my communication was through texts, Facebook posts, and broken conversations in between caring for the kids. I was hardly completing a thought, and it was making me crazy. This blog is my way of being able to use my brain again for more than remembering which store has the cheapest diapers or when the last time the toddler went potty. I found myself frequently muttering “I just wanna finish my. . .sentence/meal/shower/ OMG, I just want to finish a thought!” I have a friend who has been blogging for a while and I started to think of how amazing an outlet like that would be. It’s not a craft hobby that I have to repeatedly clean up and put away, it’s not a book that I end up abandoning, it’s something that I can think about and plan while I’m taking care of the kids. I get to be creative and productive on my own time with my own deadlines. Plus, I’ve gotten to connect with so many other amazing women!
- What is your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
My all-time favorite book is Little Women. I have lost count of how many times I’ve re-read it. I think I really enjoy the long story arc of the March family. You feel like you know each one by the end. I have found myself identifying with a different sister every few years as my age and role changes.
One of my all-time favorite movies is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” My family went to the drive-in to see it. When my mom found out it was loosely based on the Odyssey, we tried to find all of the similarities between the two, which I thought was really interesting! My husband loves the movie also, so we all quote it all the time!
- What did you want to do growing up and are you doing it now?
I always knew I wanted to be a mom, and thought being able to be a stay at home mom would be great. But career-wise, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, because I liked to help people learn. But, then I learned about occupational therapy, where I could teach people the skills they need for everyday living and activities one on one, and decided that was the route for me! I have worked with clients aged 1 day to 100 years! My favorite setting is Early Intervention, where you do home visits with children up to three years old. You can really make an impact on their development and help the parents learn how to best support their development from an early age.
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
Haha, the list of crazy things I’ve done is incredibly short. But probably the craziest thing that surprises people who know me is that I went to a strip club in Las Vegas. I was on a trip with some college friends, and we were out on our last night, the Bellagio fountain shows were done and we wanted to do something that was just SO VEGAS. So we hopped in a cab and had them take us to the “best strip club” because it was 2amand there were no more shows playing. I have got to admit. . . those ladies were downright acrobatic. I was really impressed with some of them! Now, would I do it again? I likely wouldn’t go to one in my hometown, but if I was back in Vegas with a group that wanted to go, it wouldn’t bother me.
- Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I’ve been trying to figure out where I am on the spectrum of feminism. I’m not a bra-burning, man-hating, girls-shouldn’t-wear-pink feminist. But I’m not a women-shouldn’t-work-outside-the-home, girls-must-wear-pink, men-rule-the-world Stepford wife either. As I am raising a girl, I want her to know that every person, regardless of gender, can do any job. I want her to respect the person who works hard and is kind to others. I want to encourage her dreams of being an astronaut as much as I encourage her dreams of being a ballerina. I want her to respect other women and their (responsible) choices, even if they aren’t the choices she would make. I also want her to respect men, but only those who display qualities to be respected, not just men because they are men.
- What was the best phase of your life?
I think this is the best phase of my life so far. It’s chaotic, but I love the ages my kids are right now (1 and 3). It is so much fun to experience new places and things with them. I’m not gonna lie, I’m going to LOVE the phase where I get to sleep again, but until then, there’s caffeine and makeup.
- What was the worst phase of your life?
You couldn’t pay me to go back to 7th and 8th grade. All I can say is that I’m so glad social media didn’t really exist then. I would have said and did some really cringe-y things because I was pretty awkward.
Also, I remember sophomore year of college being pretty rough. I worked a lot, most of my friends had gone out of town for college, and those who were in town were MIA that year. My boyfriend (now husband) went to college 4 hours away and was making a lot of new friends. Nothing specific happened that year, I just remember feeling very lonely most of the time. Luckily, I started my OT program the next year and met some really fun people!