When I began blogging back in the stone ages (2006), I was the mama to six little ones age 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9. It was something I did in between dirty diapers, goldfish cracker snack breaks and teaching phonics.
I never got to take a shower longer than two and a half minutes.
I lived off of scrambled eggs and Grape Nuts cereal.
I never had my nipples bit so many times in my entire life before I breastfed all six of my kids.
Blogging was definitely a creative outlet for me. I had to put my paintbrushes and canvas on sabbatical while I was raising my babies and writing became a lifeline for me.
All of my laughter, tears, struggles and triumphs of being a mother -- I shared it on my blog.
That one time my daughter put her hand in her dirty diaper and smeared caca all over her playpen.
That one time I tried on a Spanx for the very first time.
The day my oldest child turned ten years old.
How my kids go insane every time they saw a piñata.
When I shared some of the first works of art I created since becoming a mother.
That one time I thought I was going to go crazy if I had to potty train another child I gave birth to.
When I had to have the sex talk with my 9, 10 and 12 year old.
That one time I found ants in our big tub of Ovaltine and I still let the kids drink it because the big tub of Ovaltine was really expensive.
Ahem. I mean...
The over-sharing just goes on. Storytelling became my passion. How many mothers with six kids do you know? I wanted to give insight to the life of a large family -- the good, the bad and the ugly.
Growth: What it means to me
In addition to that, this blog has chronicled my growth as an artist, a mother, a wife and now, an entrepreneur. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to generate income doing what I love and furthermore, I never thought I would call myself a "writer" or a "blogger" for that matter. I've always identified as an artist. Life is funny like that. It's been an awesome ride so far and its all been played out on my blog, for the world to see.
I'll continue to be authentic in my storytelling. My life, my family, my art -- my story is still being written. Even if I didn't make one red cent on this blog, I'd still write and share my voice because writing is something I love to do. I've always wanted to write a book and I hope that some day I get to because Lord knows, I have plenty of material with these seven crazy people I love and live with.
Have you heard about the #WeAllGrow Summit happening next February? I'm hoping to attend and meet new people, visit with old friends and colleagues and welcome any new connections for Pearmama dot com. I am so excited that this is taking place in my hood -- my hometown of Los Angeles, California. It also takes place two days after my birthday, so I think this is fate, don't you?
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