Today we are kicking off my ‘1 year a madre’ series with the super sweet Olivia Carter. I met Olivia, only once I think, through her husband that I worked with for a short stint. I have since gotten to know her best through social media. We have grand plans to get our families together and it will certainly happen one of these days! Definitely in 2016. She is mom to little girl Reese, 2 years, and baby boy Brock, five months.
One Year a Madre by Olivia Carter
Once my daughter turned one, things were so fun. I loved how she was growing and changing and became my best buddy. Her new independence gave me the opportunity to figure myself out a little better and create my new normal. Being a mother is a permanent role and there is something so beautiful about that but at the same time, overwhelming. My identity isn’t just “mom.” It is a part of who I am but it is noteverything that I am. I want to be honest with myself about my needs and intentional with the way I live my life. It is sometimes easier to just go with the flow and take things as they come but I didn’t want more time to go by without acknowledging the change and making decisions about how and who I wanted to be. I love being a mom so so much and my kids are my greatest joy but I don’t want them to be my only joy. What I continue to sift through is what that looks like in my everyday. It is a work in progress and maybe it always will be. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and am excited to continue to learn more about myself as I journey through life, now with 2 kiddos.
Thank you so much Olivia for your participation and for kicking off this series! Truly appreciate your honesty and perspective!