I know, I know. What on earth am I doing with this space? I worked so hard, made a big announcement, left it alone in the corner of the internet to pick up dust and cobwebs, periodically said I was coming back, and then crickets. Now here I am, picking up where I didn’t leave off. There’s a new name, a new look. Some of you may be wondering what is going on. Others, may not be surprised that I’m yet again changing things up.
Here’s the thing. The Normal Mom’s Guide was a great idea…in theory. I think there is a desperate need in the mothering community for solidarity. All moms, need to know that they are not alone, that everyone struggles. We need to spend more time building each other up and less time tearing each other down. Most of us do not have it all together. We are messy and our homes and lives are loud. This is true. And it is so easy to feel alone, like you’re the only person going through what you are going through. So, what I wanted to accomplish with TNMG, I believe still needs to be accomplished.
But I don’t think I’m the one to do it. At least not in the way I was trying before.
I was trying so hard to appeal to a certain type of audience. To appeal to my friends, in fact. But that is not me.
I love writing. I love the stories that can be told by weaving words together in new and exciting ways. I love the release it brings me. The joy. I like the fluff, the imagery, the story telling, the magic.
So, I began to feel like a fraud every time I began tapping the keys.
The truth is that, I was never sold on The Normal Mom’s Guide as the name of this space. It didn’t feel right and it didn’t really speak to who I am, or at least, who I want to be.
Moose and Lou feels so much more natural. I don’t feel like I have to be restricted to writing empty how-to’s trying to make it in an already how-to filled internet world. I don’t have to struggle to come up with ideas that might strike a chord with someone in my immediate circle, though not necessarily with me.
I am free to write as the feeling strikes me. I can write about my love for Jesus – something I didn’t feel I could do before because I was afraid it would deter readers.
I am free to write about my beautiful babies and my experiences being their mama, without feeling the need to validate my experiences with others’. (Funny how I felt the need to do that when my goal was to help others’ not do that).
So here I am. Take it or leave it. But I hope you’ll stick around, even through all the fluff and frills and fancy words and long sentences that may not make the most sense at times.
And who knows. Maybe my goal will still be accomplished.
But I truly hope you will follow along on this incredible journey I get to call life. And I hope maybe you get the chance to see that your journey is just as incredible, even in the ordinary moments.
So, grab a blanket, a cup of your most favorite hot-something, and settle in. Come along – I really am glad I get to share my story with you.