Truthfulhood Project | no. 2

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Being a parent has been a whole new (very humbling) lesson in letting go of perfectionism. There are times when I simply can’t manage work, a household, daycare drop-offs and pick-ups, doctors appointments, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, etc….and still put together a Pinterest-worthy birthday party, bedroom, meal, or wardrobe for my 3-year-old. Let’s be honest: sometimes I can’t even be sure I remembered to clean the oatmeal off his face from breakfast before I drop him off at daycare.

Finding a healthy balance of doing cool, creative things for Graham without becoming obsessed with perfection is hard for this Type A overachiever. I’ve had to become okay with “good enough.” Choosing practicality and frugality over the temptation of ALL THE THINGS that seem like they’d make me be the coolest mom on the block (or, uh, Instagram) is a test of willpower sometimes. But then I remember that Graham doesn’t notice or care about any of it, as long as he’s surrounded by love, and fun, and snacks, and laughter, and trucks. Lots and lots of trucks.

What is the Truthfulhood Project? Throughout 2016, I’ll be creating a new weekly project for myself. Each week, I will create a piece of art (be it hand lettering, a graphic pattern, orrrrr maybe a scribble on a post-it if I’m really tired) that expresses a truth of my motherhood experience, and share it on Instagram, along with some sort of story behind it. Follow along here, or on Instagram. #truthfulhood #truthfulhoodproject

Truthfulhood Project | no. 1

Truthfulhood Project no. 1

Change is hard… for me. 

Graham is rounding out the first week of sleeping in his big boy room, and we expected some hiccups with the change. With the exception, however, of finding some excellent excuses to call us in the first few nights before falling asleep (“Mommy… um, my arm hurts. Can you kiss it?”), and two earlier-than-usual mornings, he has handled the transition like a complete rockstar. And this morning, he was so excited and proud of himself for staying in bed all night, he immediately gifted me with some Lego flowers when I went in to get him. 

I’ve never been the best at handling change with grace, but the non-stop changes and transitions (and Lego flower bouquets) that come with being a parent get me straight through the heart sometimes, more than I ever expected they could. 💘 Oftentimes this motherhood gig is exhausting and thankless, but other times its sweetness is more than my emotions (read: pregnancy hormones) can handle.

What is the Truthfulhood Project? Throughout 2016, I’ll be creating a new weekly project for myself. Each week, I will create a piece of art (be it hand lettering, a graphic pattern, orrrrr maybe a scribble on a post-it if I’m really tired) that expresses a truth of my motherhood experience, and share it on Instagram, along with some sort of story behind it. Follow along here, or on Instagram. #truthfulhood #truthfulhoodproject

Truthfulhood Project | introduction

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The short version: I’m jumping on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon and creating a new weekly project for myself. Each week, I will create a piece of art (be it hand lettering, a graphic pattern, orrrrr maybe a scribble on a post-it if I’m really tired) that expresses a truth of my motherhood experience, and share it on Instagram, along with some sort of story behind it. I’m calling it Truthfulhood.

The long version: I’m just about four weeks away from my due date with baby no. 2. While I approach maternity leave, postpartum fun, baby snuggles, sleep deprivation, and a new normal of parenting a newborn and a 3.5 year old, I wanted to give myself a challenge that will allow me to keep up with creating (for myself, not for clients), but without too much pressure. In January 2014 I dove into a daily hand lettering challenge, and promptly gave up by mid-February due to boredom/lack of time. This time around, I’m leaving the medium and final product more open ended, making it a weekly(-ish?) project instead of daily, and in general setting fairly low expectations 😉 And I may not always post on the same day each week, because: motherhood. But I’ll do my best.

I think it’s important for moms of all kind to be truthful about their motherhood experiences and supportive of one another. We all feel and handle experiences differently on this crazy, poop-filled rodeo, and ultimately we’re all just doing the best we can. I’ve been fortunate to have an amazing village of moms supporting me since I first found out I was pregnant with Graham, and one of my highlights of 2015 was monthly outings with a local group of mom friends that I’ve come to be close to. Once a month we’d meet up for a “post bedtime happy hour” (after the kids were in bed, or at least winding down, leaving dads on duty) for drinks, nachos, and whatever else we were in the mood for, to just catch up on life. I could always count on these ladies to be hilarious, brutally honest, and supportive, no matter what parenting/work/life challenges any of us might be facing at any particular time. I always leave our outings feeling refreshed, supported, and understood. Those ladies have become an important part of my village, and this project is a little extension of that sisterhood: sharing the good, the bad, the poop-covered, and the irrational-toddler-inspired truths of my motherhood experience.

Follow along here, or on Instagram. #truthfulhood #truthfulhoodproject