Hey there! Welcome to my story, and of course, thank you for being here!
I want to take a moment to introduce myself and give you a little look into my crazy life. I am sure you’re thinking, “Everyone’s life is crazy, what makes you so special?” You’re right! There is nothing super special about me, except I am brutally honest, I speak my mind, I rarely have a filter, I love with all of my heart, and I adore my family…oh and I talk a lot. With that said, I started blogging to expose the real and raw aspects of mommy life. I want to give my readers the real, the hilarious, the terrifying and most importantly the truth about everything MAMA!
I am truly a nobody in the grand scheme of things. I am just (and don’t take the “just” lightly, as I know how inportant my role is) a stay at home mama, who has had one hell of a journey on this ride we call life. So if you are still interested, continue on to read a little bit about me!
I am 29 years old, and currently live in Texas. I am a California native, although I don’t miss anything other than the weather..and my extended family of course! “Why would anyone move out of California?!” Ahh…the famous question everyone asks. Well, here is why! For starters, it is expensive! I worked my butt off, and didn’t have much to show for it. Just a mediocre apartment in an okay area, IKEA furniture (don’t get me wrong, I love me some IKEA, the point is I was just getting by) and my dad to share the bill with. I was 25 years old, had dreams of becoming a neonatal nurse, worked full time, picked up every odd and end job on the side that I could and was a full time student. Life was flying by, and I didn’t have much to show for it. During a move, from one small apartment to another, the moving truck containing my entire life went up in flames. As I pulled down the street, I could see the truck with flames shooting out of it, and I froze. I met my dad, and the fire crew at the end of that cul-de-sac and watched as every single thing we owned, was burning away (or being soaked with water). So some of you may be thinking, “Oh my God, how terrible”, but don’t feel sorry for me! This was the turning point my life truly needed! My dad and I checked into a hotel room, with our 3 large dogs, my cat, and my tortoise and started to plan our next move. We had decided to not continue onto our next apartment and just reevaluate our next steps. 2 weeks went by and I decided that I could totally go rent another apartment, but it would take me forever to ever put anything in it, or I could pack up what was left and move out of state. Somewhere with a cheaper cost of living and be able to get back on my feet. A new start if you will.
Why Texas? Well in the short version, one of my best friends lived here and was doing pretty dang well for herself! I had always wanted to live in the South (all that damn country music I listen to made red dirt roads, cowboy hats, and square toe boots seem like the best thing in the world). I called my newly retired stepdad and asked if he would make the 25 hour trek halfway across the country with me, and he was in. I visited my family and said my goodbyes. They all pleaded with me to stay, offered me a place to stay, a chance to get on my feet, but at this point, I was determined. No one, and nothing was changing my mind. Everything happened so fast, that I didn’t even tell my friends goodbye. Part of me just didn’t want to. I just needed to get in the car and go, or I would have changed my mind, like I had a thousand times before (this was as not my first dabble in the moving out of state pool). I spent nine long years in what came to be a toxic relationship and I needed to severe ties or my life would have continued to be stagnant. Holding on to what was comfortable is what kept me in the same life situation for way too long. So, off I went on my new adventure…Texas!
I arrived here September 2014 and haven’t regretted my move one time. It was hard, I’m not saying it was a cakewalk, but it was the thing my life needed. I moved here with no job and no real security. I rented an apartment over the internet and decided to just lean on fate. Let me tell you, if you burn all your shit in a fire before moving, it makes unpacking a breeze!
I got hired within 48 hours of arriving here, went to Walmart and got the basic essentials I needed, and rented some furniture. I was finally home.
Let this be a public service announcement to anyone considering a cross country move…DO IT!!!! After the fire, my older brother pulled me aside and told me, “If it doesn’t scare you, it isn’t worth it.” He was 100% right, and that was one piece of advice that has stuck with me. So if you are in the fence, take the plunge and try it, you never know what is waiting for you around the corner.
I took a year to focus on myself, get my life in order, and spend time having fun! In that one short year, I finally found myself. I was a whole new person with a whole new outlook on my future. That is when I met Jake. The love of my life, my sanity, my rock, and the father of my perfect, funny, precious son, Jaxson! From here on out, my story will contain everything I have learned about being his mama. Being a mom isn’t easy, but it is worth every single second. The days fly by, and my life is definitely on a different path then it was a couple years ago, but I wouldn’t trade a single second. Being a mom was what my life was missing. My story is long, my life has been messy, but at the end of the day, my journey has made me who I am today!
Thank you for reading a little bit about me and my journey and I hope you will continue to follow along with me and my sweet and crazy family!