1. Dang girl, it felt like you were talking to me…. Like with everything you’ve written. The struggle is real and I’m having a hard time of letting go because of emotional attachments and self imposed thoughts of success and having it all. I think I just need to be around you and let this all sink in for me too. I have my husband’s full support in every way, including financial, but it’s just so hard to let go and not think I didn’t fail because I can’t continue on the path I’ve been. Let’s grab coffee or juice and let the kids run.

  2. Hey! Thanks so much for reading. I really appreciate it, and I’m so glad this post resonated with you. This is why I love what we do. It was a hard pill to swallow, both letting all those things go, and eventually writing about it. I would love to spend more time with you. Let’s set a date. And from what I can tell, you are doing a great job, Jennylou.

  3. Lora

    Love reading this! Your genuineness comes through in your writing. I am your fan. The greatest gift we can give of ourselves is just being present. We are all “finding our way” every day! Keep your chin up, it keeps you looking ahead and gives us the opportunity to see that beautiful smile of yours!

  4. Awww, Lora you are so sweet. I just teared up. Thank you for the encouragement, great advice and compliment. I really appreciate that you took the time to read this post. I too am a big fan of you and your writing! Thank you times 100 over. Cheers to finding our way. God bless.

  5. I loved reading your story! I’ve had some very similar challenges lately. I’ve tried really hard to focus on what is helpful to my family and almost quit blogging myself. I ended up just taking more of a break and getting off social media more. After a little while of doing this I realized I lost myself a bit. I am now just Doing my thing whenever possible and remembering to do the important stuff first. The struggle is difficult because of course I want to put my family first but sometimes I know I need to be first because if I’m not happy then I am not being a good mom or wife. Miss you lady! Can’t wait to catch up again soon! Xoxo

  6. Hey Girl!!
    I often wondered where you went!! You are an awesome writer… You know I have always been your biggest fan since wayyy before! But I continue to pray for you and clarity on your career choices ….Please know I am always here if you ever need me. I have been through it all. I love you all and Welcome back!
    Love, Sheila

  7. This is a very important post, and I’m glad to hear you are doing so well!

    I am a big believer that we cannot have it all (at least not at the exact same time). There’s nothing wrong with that either!

    What moms of young children can’t see is that the intenseness of raising littles will be over in a blink. There will be time to get onto other things, but in the beginning, they are a FULL TIME JOB. And they deserve the best of you (your husband too)… not the rest of you.

    Can’t wait to hear what’s up the next time we meet 🙂 xo

  8. The last time I was at the zoo, I heard the tour guide talk about the flamingos. She talked about how they get their bright pink color from their food. Then she said we might notice some of them are not brightly colored. First are the babies, because they haven’t eaten enough yet to get their color yet. And next are the moms of the babies. They actually lose their color for a time because they devote so much of their energy to their young.

    Sounds like you are getting your color back.
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  9. What a beautiful analogy, Abby. I learned something new. As I was reading it, I smiled because I knew exactly where it was going though. Thank you so much for taking time to share that. You’ve truly been an inspiration for me. I love what you’re doing. Hope to catch up soon!

  10. Jennifer, you have been one of my role models from the beginning. I always admired how you handled having a business and raising your family, putting them first before anything. I appreciate all the advice you have given me over the years, as well as the opportunity to work with you. I agree with everything you say though, I want my kids, and husband to have the best of me. Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you soon and learning about what you’re up to!

  11. Thanks, Sheila. I appreciate all your support. It’s so amazing to have all these women behind me and just encouraging me. I’m a big fan of you too. I am so happy for all the changes that have been going on in your life. Thank you for the prayers too, Lord knows I need them. I will continue to keep you and your family in prayer as well. I hope to see you very soon. Thank you, thank you!

  12. Thank you, Suzette. It’s been a long time coming, and I know there’s still a lot more to go through, but I’m glad I learned some of these lessons somewhat early on. I’ll definitely be seeing you at a blogger event soon. Congrats again on the book! I need to pick up a copy. xo

  13. Bri, you are also a part of this story. Thank you for reading and for being such a huge supporter and friend. I know we’ve had conversations about how I missed writing The Pinky Project, I don’t know why I always hesitated. I guess it’s just timing. I am still a huge fan of your blog and your creativity, I think you’re a natural. I’m glad the post resonated with you. It does get more challenging with two, but it is manageable as long as we set our priorities. I know you will find your way, heck I’m still finding mine. We can do it together 😉 Keep on keepin’ on girl. Let’s definitely meet up ASAP! xoxo and thank you!!!

  14. Angelllaaa I am a new fan of yours. Lookin fwd to read all the parenthood shenanigans that celebrate our life.

  15. I think there are more women than not that can relate to this post. When you’ve birthed a business and then birth another child it is a delicate balancing act and I don’t know that it is one we are meant to take on. I mean honestly I don’t know how we do it…. ALL. Doing it all doesn’t even truly make us happy, at least I wasn’t. I was just busy. This last couple of years I’ve been more involved in my kids extra curricular activities which was always difficult before. But then I don’t like when I’m not making as much money. Figuring it out is a very personal journey. We are all right there with you.
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  16. Joann, thank you for reading and relating. I am so glad you’ve been able to be more involved with the kiddos Figuring out how to balance the things we need and want is totally a personal journey, but it’s nice when we have each other to help get through it. xoxo

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