What is your age?
I am 28 years old.
Why would you make a great lady lennia for our Family edition?
My world revolves around my family. They encourage, challenge, and inspire me in so many ways. Without their love and support on a daily basis I would not be a successful person.
What made you create the Millennial Mother blog?
As a new mama to twins I have a lot to say and share and discovered blogging to be almost as a therapy for me. It is the time I can set aside for myself to vent about parenthood and escape from my chaotic world for a while.
Did you go to college? If so, what was your area of study?
I did go to college. I studied art history and photography.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
The biggest struggle in achieving my goals has been my battle with depression. It affects all areas of my life on a daily basis. it is hard to get and stay motivated and productive. The past 6 months have been really rough and many relationships have been put to the back burner. But with the help of medication and support from those closest to me I feel a little bit better each day. I am working on myself and finding more joy in the things I used to.
What inspires you?
I am definitely inspired by art – film, literature, painting, photography, sculpture, music. Art always takes me to a really creative place that in turn inspires me on all levels of life. Art is so very transformative and inspires me to think about and see the world around me in so many ways.
What would you write about for the blog?
Since the December issue is about family I think that would be my main focus and tie in some holiday themes. Off hand, I would like to talk about family traditions, my idea of a millennial family, how to cope with being away from loved ones during the holiday season, and maybe a holiday craft post.
Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?
I am not afraid to march to my own beat, so I think seeing a different perspective would definitely inspire other women. I am a very eclectic person in all areas of my life, so offering an unexpected or different viewpoint might get the cogs moving in others brains to try something new or rethink what they are already doing. I always aim to be real and talk about things I am passionate about. In doing that I hope what I choose to write about inspires others in some way.
When it comes to familial responsibilities and work life, how do you balance it all?
I currently am a stay at home mom. The home front and kids are my domain and it is definitely a huge challenge for me. I have worked since the age of 14 and decided it was best for me to stay home with the girls, while my boyfriend worked. It made the most sense for our family, but it has proven to be a big adjustment. I struggle with juggling time for my relationship and myself every single day. I try each day to manage this balancing act, some more successful than others.
What is something you absolutely must have?
A book. I have been the biggest bibliophile from a very young age. Reading is a big part of my “me” time. I usually read 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction book at a time. I love the library!
What advice do you have for women out there who are trying to balance life and work?
It is a hard job and unfortunately you won’t always be able to fit everything in your schedule because there are just not enough hours in the day. My best advice would be to try to prioritize the best you can, stick to a routine or schedule as much as possible, and most importantly, do not be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help does not make you a bad person because you can’t handle it all on your own. Respect your own limits.
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