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It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Nicole, the stay-at-home mom to three girls (including a set of multiples), and the introspective writer behind Moments That Define Life.
What can readers expect when they visit your blog?
My blog is a place of reflection on all things in life that define us as individuals. You’ll find anything from my struggle with giving into the minivan to the craziness that was my pregnancy with my twin girls. Most of the time I am a “glass half-full” kind of person which I try to infuse in my posts, I often attempt humor – but other bloggers are way funnier….I’m not gonna lie. I’ve created a place to engage in conversation with my Talk to Me Tuesday Meme and you will find my attempt to pay it forward with my Blog Idol series which has seen the likes of Angie at 7 Clown Circus, Kat from Mama’s Losin It, Jill from Scary Mommy and Liz from Belle, Bean and a Chicago Dog. I’m working on the lineup for the next group of bloggy idols. For now, you can find the above mentioned interviews in my “Blog Tips” section.
I adore and cherish my friendships because they carried me through some of the most trying of times. My blog is another way to make as well as keep those connections alive. It’s a place where you can find this stiletto wearing, cabernet sipping, rap listening Mama of three’s take on the world. Let’s be friends.
How was your blog “born” and how has it changed since its inception?
My blog Moments that Define Life was born in 2006 due to the need to have a creative outlet and a connection to others. After going from being a busy working professional to full-stop, stay at home Mom to my now five year old daughter, I felt the need to have that outlet. When my oldest daughter was one month old, we moved to a new place due to my husband’s service in the military. So not only did my professional life become drastically different, I was now looking at starting over my social life as well and not chatting with girlfriends is torturous to me. So, as I began these huge transitions in my life, I discovered blogging.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really stick to it until I became pregnant with my twins in 2009. It was a very complicated pregnancy and one filled with a ton of uncertainty (you can find their story under the MomoTwins tab on my page). So as I sat in my hospital bed, my blog became a place for me to share the specifics of that journey as well as my emotions while we navigated all of that craziness that we have thankfully seen the end of….
if you count raising two healthy,
now mobile, twins not crazy…..
So it’s a new kind of crazy…..but one I wouldn’t trade for the world.
What is one piece of advice you’d give other mothers about balancing life, motherhood and blogging?
Balance is tough, especially when you start finding your editorial calendar filling up. Many of us have additional ventures that are in some way connected with our blog. Mine is freelance work with various online and print publications. Add that to keeping up with the content on my blog, interacting with blog friends and readers through Facebook and Twitter and the day is gone before I know it.
My only words of wisdom would be to create a schedule and then stick to it as much as possible. Keep a calendar that tracks your commitments and/or goals. In addition to that, make it a point to stop, sit on the floor with your kids and just play. If you’re like me, you work better under pressure anyway….so procrastination isn’t always a negative. Sometimes making it all work is easier said than done. There will be days you succeed at balance and days that you don’t. Cut yourself a break on those not so balanced days and remember that tomorrow is a new day.
If you could have one random act of service rendered to you, what would it be?
When I first read this question I was stumped. I’m not one who likes to ask for anything. I think I was thinking too big – grand gesture kind of big. But I think if I had a random act of service rendered to me, I would just love someone to take care of my house cleaning and laundry. Those tedious, never-ending tasks really hinder my ability to stay stress-free and my desire to tweet all day. Maybe if someone was taking care of those things for me, I’d actually learn how to cook a decent meal. My husband and kids would be eternally grateful to have a clean set of sheets on their bed and food that doesn’t come from a drive thru.
Keeping it All in Perspective: Nicole has come to the conclusion that we are all innately strong and that helps us over come life’s challenges. You don’t want to miss this one.
I’d Like My Brain Back: This scenario is all too familiar.
My Minivan Does Not Define Me: Don’t go making assumptions about people who drive Mini-Vans. 🙂
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