I'm happy to report that I have successfully convinced someone to write a guest post for SMW! Okay, I really didn't have to twist her arm too much... I'm so glad she wrote something up for me because she provided me with some priceless comic relief from the cloth diapering doldrum of my day.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to a friend of mine (that I actually know IRL), Desiree Eaglin. Desiree blogs at: Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest.
By the way, she forgot to mention that when we were first introduced to each other, the reason we hit it off so well is because she said, "Who invited their dad here?" pointing out a Super Sized gentleman in Angels attire. You really had to have been there to enjoy the humor, but it made me laugh out loud. I told her I had thought the same thing but was too afraid to say anything (because I'm "mousy" and ever-so-polite). I liked that Desiree could not only make fun of others, but of herself too - which is a fun sport of mine too.
“All Mommy and No Work Makes Mommy a Dull Chick”
I met Elle in October at the OC Blogger Bash in Anaheim. We immediately clicked because she has the same dry, sarcastic sense of humor that I do. She has since asked me to do a guest post here at SMW.
I’m a writer that needs some parameters and direction and when I asked her for some, I basically got the word “balance”. WTF? is the first phrase that came in mind; me…talk about balance? I’m just a “lazy, overweight, plain, over-involved, crafty, domesticated, apron-wearing, judgmental, potluck maven” (Elle’s words) - AKA stay-at-home-mom. What do I know about “balance”?
Let me introduce myself to you first. My name is Desiree Eaglin, I blog at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. I started blogging in 2007 after my son was born. It was fun, but I put a lot of pressure on myself to always be funny. I took a long hiatus because of the lack of inspiration and time.
I started blogging again in March of 2011 for DayTrippingMom which set me on a course of several contributorships (that’s not even a word I know). Now I contribute to MomsLA, CBS-Los Angeles, Best of Family and I just signed on with IE Family; like yesterday.
I am a stay at home mom of two with another one on the way. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSUF. We live on the surface of the sun in Corona, California because that’s where we could afford to buy so I could stay home with the kids.
So, how do I find “balance”? I’ve thought about this a lot and I guess for me it wasn’t a matter of “all work and no play makes mommy a dull chick” it was “all mommy and no work makes mommy a dull chick”. For me, it was a matter of finding personal fulfillment balance within my stay at home mom jeans. It’s easy to lose yourself when you’re a stay at home mom, so much of your day surrounds someone else’s life, someone else’s needs.
The day I stumbled upon an ad from Aracely Worley to contribute to her blog, DayTrippingMom, set me on a different course that has changed my life; that opportunity opened doors and gave me that sense of self I was missing. Now I can write just for myself with no sense of someone else’s needs. It’s just me and my words.
I get paid to blog; not too much, but enough to make a small difference. I do my work while the baby naps in the morning and while both kids nap in the afternoon. Oh and on Monday nights while the hubs is watching football. Thankfully, my work load is manageable for the time being and I figure I’ll roll with it if it gets bigger and make it work as time goes on.
I am hoping that all of this will lead to some sort of a full time profession I can do once all the kids are in school. But that’s the dream for all us bloggers right - that golden social media job that pays millions because we’re witty and funny?
To read more about me and my journey to become a good mom, read me here at: Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest.