Hi, my name is Abby. Although these days I mostly answer to Mom, Mommy, Mama, or Mommeeeeee!! In a past life -- OK, 4 years ago before I had 2 kids -- I was a full-time freelance writer. I went out on my own after working in various editorial positions for 7 years. When people ask how I could take such a risk, I laugh and tell them about the magazines that folded, the dot-com that went bust, and the internet company that “re-organized” my entire team out of our jobs. Self-employment is the most stable choice I’ve ever made.
It’s also a great fit for my current life as a work-at-home mom. These days, I write medical articles, web copy, personal essays, and blog posts during preschool and naptimes. My work has appeared in publications including “A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers,” American Baby, and Health magazine.
My passion is my blog, www.DiaryofaNewMom.net, which I started more than 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I also guest blog for TheBump.com and other parenting sites. In addition, I teach an online writing class. I wear many hats these days and I love it!
The closest I ever get to balance in my life is doing the tree pose in yoga class. I lose my temper far too often, get overwhelmed easily, and let my 3-year-old watch too much TV. Sometimes I go weeks without cooking my family a meal that doesn’t originate from a box or the freezer.
Even though it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I know I’m a great mom and I’m proud that I am able to raise my kids while helping to support my family doing work that fulfills me.
My advice, words of wisdom and encouragement:
I think that women in general, and moms in particular, are WAY too hard on themselves. We beat ourselves up for not being the perfect mother, wife, daughter, friend, or size 6.
We have this distorted view that all these other moms out there are cooking their families organic meals from scratch every night, excelling at work, running marathons, volunteering at their kids’ school, remembering everyone’s birthdays, and have great relationships with their spouses at all times. And it’s just not true.
Most moms I know are struggling to keep all the balls in the air just like me, and they have good days and bad days. It’s important to give yourself credit for everything you DO do, and not get down on yourself for what you don’t do.