Professional Motherhood

By Sep 6, 2011May 12th, 2012201 Comments

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Angela from Professional Motherhood blogs all about her life as a working mom and the balancing act that comes with managing all of the ups and downs that come with both.

What inspired the title of your blog?

Honestly the words “Professional Motherhood” just popped into my head while I was in the shower getting ready for work one morning. I wanted the title of my blog to reflect my two worlds- the world of being a mom and that of being a full-time employee at a major university. I love the title of my blog but the real heart of it is in the tag line, “the life of a working mom.” My blog is about me and my life. I talk about the struggles I face and the joys I encounter on a daily basis as I try to continue my climb up the corporate ladder and still make it home in time for dinner. My life is what inspired the title of my blog but my world is what keeps it going.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I started blogging during the summer of 2010, which was not long after I returned to work from 12 weeks of maternity leave. I had an overwhelming amount of thoughts and ideas and fears and concerns flooding my mind and I couldn’t keep them all straight. I was also feeling like maybe I was losing my identity and didn’t know where to turn to gain it back. Several of my friends are bloggers and after hearing them talk about their experiences with the blog world I began to feel like maybe it was something I could benefit from. The biggest difference I noticed almost immediately between my friends’ blogs and mine is that my blog is more of a diary. I don’t have time to post a lot of pictures or recipes and I very seldom mention new products or innovative ideas. Instead, I focus on getting my thoughts onto paper and, if that leads to a few laughs at my own expense that’s okay because my hope is that my readers can learn from my experiences or feel compelled to lend a helping hand to myself or others when necessary.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I know the PC answer would be to talk about the fabulous friendships that I have made (which I have) or how I have learned tons of new and exciting tips to help me in my daily life but really, my favorite thing about blogging is being able to get thoughts out of my head and written down. I am a huge list maker and I like that I can incorporate my need to make lists into my need to keep my sanity. I like making people laugh, and I like getting a good comment or two but when it’s all said and done I really just like having the opportunity to stand on my own soap box, toot my own horn, sing my own song, and simply my life by getting my thoughts organized and out in the open. I never let my blog become too stressful or difficult to handle, which means that I keep everything short, sweet, simple, and easy. My blog is just a quiet corner of the world that I call home.

In a perfect world, what do you see your self doing professionally?

You know, I was actually asked that question during an interview once and I responded with, “A State Prosecutor” and was immediately offered the job. However, now that I have had more time to think about it I would like to change my answer to Professional Student. I think it would be fabulous to have the opportunity to further my education in a variety of disciplines and fields. And, even though it might sound super ultra-nerdy of me, I wouldn’t mind taking tests and writing papers as long has it paid something other than more student loan debt.

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  • Jen@MamaZen says:

    I am right there with you. My blogging began soon after the birth of my children and it has been so therapeutic for me-especially because I work outside the home full time.

    • Angie says:

      Wow! Are we kindred spirits perhaps? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for showing your support and helping to make my SITS day so special. I’m sorry I took so long to send my thank-you.

  • I’m not here yet, but will be one day (I hope!) so its really inspirational to see how other working women handle motherhood. Happy SITS day!

    • Angie says:

      Oh my…I’m glad you found me inspirational. That’s so very kind of you to say!
      Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special.
      Sorry for such a slow thank-you.

  • Michelle says:

    I really like the honesty put forward in this blog. Like you said in your interview, it seems more like a diary, but I think that can be a good thing, refreshing and different. Your daughter is adorable, by the way!

    • Angie says:

      Your comments on my SITS day were so very kind and encouraging. Thanks for helping to make my big day so special!
      Sorry for such a slow response.

  • Ashleigh says:

    Will definitely be back for more! Love the adorable photos!

  • This was such a wonderful interview. I can relate to your approach to bloggingβ€”mine is very similar. There is something about being able to finish a post, and look back at your own words and thoughts (possibly captured for your children when they are older)β€”it can be so invigorating and rewarding.

    Congrats on the feature!

  • Writing thoughts down is a powerful thing–sometimes I forget that.

    • Angie says:

      Not just finding, but also making the time is also a big part of writing our thoughts down. I find that to be the hardest part of all.
      Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!

  • Little behind, but am off to visit. Thanks for showcasing.

  • I love the photos, they’re adorable. I used to also want to be a professional student, but I think anyone who embraces life with an eagerness to learn — lifelong learning, both on-the-job and at home — is a TRUE professional student.

  • Mandy B. Anderson says:

    I love how real you are!

  • Ashley says:

    Ahh, that elusive balance. I do have to wonder how to achieve it! Such adorable pictures.

  • Jenna says:

    Off I go … what a neat blog!

  • Morgan says:

    Thursday is upon us! Almost the weekend. Link on up with your creations

  • I would love to be a professional student, too! I heard the pay is pretty bad, tho ..

  • She'sWrite says:

    I. Love. This. Blog. Adding it to Google Reader right NOW! I totally get the struggles of being a mom with a demanding career. Ugh, tough stuff. It’s good, but it can also be a grind. Congrats on your SITS day! πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Thank you so very much for the amazing comment you left on my SITS day! You certainly helped to make my day very special!
      Sorry for the slow reply.

  • Hurray for your day!

  • BKWilliams says:

    Congrats of being featured. I like your blog, because it made me smile. Such a beautiful little girl, congrats on being so lucky too.

    • Angie says:

      I’m glad that my blog made you smile. How sweet of you to leave such nice words on my SITS day. So sorry for the slow coming thank-you.

  • Julie says:

    I love the stories behind blog titles. I also love the idea of being a professional student. I tried my hardest, but they eventually insisted I finish writing my dissertation and move on.

    • Angie says:

      Your comment reminds me a lot of several other people I know. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special!

  • julia says:

    Angie has been a long time bloggy friend on mine!! so so nice to see her featured!!!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks Julia! You left another comment on my blog that day that just about made me cry. I was all set to enjoy my day and work got so hectic I couldn’t hardly take time to smile on my big day. Your words of encouragment were just what I needed. THANK YOU for everything. I’m sorry that it’s been so long since I visited your blogs. I need to make myself take more me time and starting next week I hope I can finally do that.
      Thanks again!
      P.S. I’m sorry for such a slow respose to this. Good Heavens…how rude of me to wait so long to say thank-you to such a wonderful and supportive friend.

  • Sadaf says:

    Happy SITS Day my Dear!!

  • Stefanie says:

    I’d love to be a professional philanthropist – find causes I believe in and then help them become successful. Of course that assumes I’m independently wealthy and can afford to do this… oh, well – a girl can dream can’t she πŸ™‚

    Ps. Love your site!

  • PatriciaD says:

    Ha, I get the full time student thing…I would soooo love to be a student my whole life. I’ve told friends before that when you quit learning you start dying and well…I still think that’s true. I think that’s why I like teaching how to scrapbook on my site using Photoshop. I don’t think you could ever learn all there is to know about Photoshop. So we continue to learn, eh!! Isn’t life grand!

    • Angie says:

      Yes, life is grand! Thanks for the great reminder. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special. I’m sorry for taking so long to send my thank-you.

  • Such a cute little girl.

  • “my favorite thing about blogging is being able to get thoughts out of my head and written down.”

    I could not agree more. There’s just something cathartic about that, isn’t it?

    Happy SITS Day!

    • Angie says:

      I love the title of your blog…how beautiful!
      Thanks for your kind words and thanks for helping to make my SITS day so speical.

  • Laura says:

    Wow love the title of your blog and what it means to you.
    Really great feature blogger and a very heart felt and real blog.

    Laura x

    • Angie says:

      THANK YOU so very much for your kind comments on my SITS day. It’s nice to see that people “get” me.
      So sorry for the slow reply.

  • It’s challenging to be a working mom and it does come with so many things that make you laugh at yourself and whatever the heck it is that is happening to you in that moment. Your voice is so real and authentic (I know it’s a bad word, but it’s true!). You little one is precious and being a working mom myself, can relate to so much of what you say here, but I love your “professional student” comment. It’s a great thing that we can all keep learning! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us other working moms!

    • Angie says:

      Oh my goodness…your comment on my SITS day brought tears to my eyes. THANK YOU so much for your boost of encouragement and kind words.
      Sorry for the terribly slow response.

  • Ginger says:

    Sounds like my kind of lady! I’m off to check her out!

    • Angie says:

      I can tell that it’s people like you who make blogging fun! Thanks for stopping by and I’m sorry for such a slow response to your kind words.

  • Sara says:

    Congrats on being featured today! I’m loving the photo of your little girl in the purple dress with the matching toy. I’m off to check out your blog. Cheers!

    • Angie says:

      I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog. Thanks for the kind comments about my little Rachel…she’s a handful but that’s why we love her. πŸ™‚
      Sorry for the slow reply to your comment.

  • Michelle says:

    I can totally relate! It’s a tough job but someone has to do it right πŸ™‚ I’m a special needs mom and do a toot your own horn day for other special needs moms. So, you brought this back to my memory. Motherhood is difficult and sometimes I wish I could stay home with my son but then I like to eat…oh and sleep in a bed with a roof over my head LOL.

    I’m new here and joining in for the Sits day πŸ™‚


    • Angie says:

      Welcome to the SITS gals! I’m so sorry for the slow response to your post. Thanks for helping to make my day so special.

  • Patty says:

    Ah yes, the old balancing act of motherhood and professional career woman, I know it too well.
    Very refreshing to see and read someone who is so honest with herself and writes for her own pleasure. Happy SITS day to you. Darling little girl, too.

    • Angie says:

      Your comments were so very kind and encouraging (isn’t it amazing how even small comments can make someone’s day)? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special. Sorry for the slow reply.

  • Broot says:

    Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚

  • Being a professional student sounds like a perfect life!

  • Sarah B says:

    Love the meaning behind the blog and her honesty of why she likes to blog I would have to agree – it is nice to just have a space where you can state your opinions, or like she said “stand on my own soap box, toot my own horn, sing my own song” I really like that πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I love that you can see where I’m coming from.
      sorry for the slow reply.

  • Angie says:

    I would love to be a professional student, also. πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so speical. I appreciated your comment and very happy smiley face. πŸ™‚

  • Looking forward to reading.

  • Kelly Deneen says:

    I appreciate a blogger who uses her blog as a personal outlet and doesn’t let it stress her out. I approach blogging like that as well, and I like it.

    • Angie says:

      We must be kindred spirits! Thanks for visiting my blog and helping to make my day so special.
      Sorry for the slow thank-you.

  • LOVE the picture of Daddy with his little girl!

    • Angie says:

      Yes, she IS daddy’s little girl. Thanks for the nice comment and thanks for helping to make my SITS day so wonderful. I apologize for the slow coming thank-you.

  • Morgan says:

    She’s very down to earth … I like that!

  • happy SITS day! checking out your site now!

    • Angie says:

      I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for stopping by and helping to make my SITS day so wonderful.
      Sorry for the delay in the thank-you.

  • Eva Gallant says:

    The photos are great…such a cute little girl! I need to go browse her blog!

  • Happy SITS Day! Hopping on over to see the site!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks for visiting my site and helping to make my SITS day so fabulous.
      Sorry for the overdue thank-you

  • I love the name “Professional Motherhood”! Going to check out her site now and show some SITSA love!

  • Very cute title for a blog, some of the best ideas happen while in the shower…lol Today is my 3 yr Blogiversary…whoot whoot! Stop by and enter our fabulous giveaways starting today!

    • Angie says:

      Happy belated 3-year blogiversary! Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special. So sorry for the long delay in my thank-you.

  • Brianna says:

    She has a realness about her that is really refreshing. She talks real, acts real, discusses real issues.
    It is incredibly refreshing! πŸ™‚

  • KG says:

    A professional student – huh? Funny that you mentioned that! It seems I’m always willing to take classes to further my knowledge of anything. I often find free Internet courses on things i’d like to master so I’m totally withyoonthis. Happy SITS day!

  • A professional mother among many other things — great title — can’t wait to read it!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks for the insightful comment on my SITS day…so sweet of you to visit!
      Sorry for such a slow thank-you

  • Happy SITS day! I too would prefer to be a professional student!!

  • Those are such adorable pictures!

  • Marie Cole says:

    Adorable little girl…Looking forward to reading more. πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      I’m sorry for being so slow with my reply but wanted to thank you for your nice comment on my SITS day.

  • Shell says:

    Off to meet her!

    • Angie says:

      I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for helping to make my SITS day so special- sorry for such a slow reply