Here’s My Crazy Story:
After earning my Master’s Degree in Art Education (with an emphasis in Children’s Literature), I taught art to 7th through 12th graders at a rural high school in Pennsylvania. I thought I was I was living my dream: using my creativity everyday and helping kids learn about themselves and the world through art!
But life had other plans when my then-husband was offered a job he couldn’t resist four hours away. I left my teaching job and that cozy rural town where I grew up, the support system of friends and family, and my mom who was the caregiver to my new 6-month-old while I worked. And I used the opportunity to stay home with my sweet first-born, Sawyer. Soon my Priscilla was born and I was a busy stay-at-home-mom of two. But I couldn’t resist some creative pursuits in the form of kids activities, crafting, and blogging… and that’s when B-Inspired Mama was just a glimmer during nap-times and late nights after rocking babies to sleep.
A couple years later a separation rocked our family, and I packed up my two children and headed back to the familiar small town I had been missing so much. I thought I would jump right back into a teaching job, making my way as a single working mom with the help of my strong family support network. But the changing education system prioritizing math and science over the arts left few art teaching job openings and heavy competition in that small town. Those first couple years as a single mom were a humbling roller coaster of living with my parents until it was impossible to continue anymore, working low-paying jobs that made childcare un-affordable, moving in and out of income-based housing, filling out endless paperwork for healthcare and food assistance, and teaching myself everything I could about turning B-Inspired Mama into a profitable business anytime I had a spare kid-free minute.
I was knee deep in all of that when I met Clifford. He took it and accepted it all. And love us well. We helped him choose a home in Upstate NY and moved in together as a family. Within three months, we found out we were expecting J.C. Around that time, B-Inspired Mama had started to build up an audience and social following and was showing opportunity for profit. So, I stayed my pregnant self home with my babies and blogged between the diaper changes and play dates and ultrasounds.
Now, Cliff and I are married, and J.C. and his older siblings, Sawyer and Priscilla are all in school! And B-Inspired Mama and my new venture helping other creative entrepreneurs are my full-time job.
I sure wouldn’t have written my story that way. But I sure wouldn’t change it!
A Few Things I Love:
- Snuggling on the couch with my littles – who are becoming bigs
- Sunrises that make me stop and thank God
- Family Movie Nights
- Reality TV with the hubs after the kids are in bed
- Reading books and blogs
A Few of My Favorite Posts: