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So recently I attended a workshop for Entrepreneurial Moms and I am today inspired to go live with this website. I am also inspired to start a new project that I have had in my mind for some time. It's a blog called While You Were Napping, I Made This and it's all about Moms who make things while their babies, toddlers or preschoolers are asleep. Because, well being honest that's what I do and I'd like to connect with other creatives who do the same.
A year and a bit ago, I moved to the US while pregnant. Part of my induction into society was to attend lots of childbirth and mothers groups. As a result I met moms, lots and lots of moms. What I found was that after hanging out with many of them for somewhere between two and six months, the majority of them peeled off and returned to full time work. The remaining group of friends were largely creative.
Listening to these friends talk about their personal struggles with identity as the result of not working full time while managing more fluid creative lives really resonated with me. These women, myself included were raising their children on a full time basis and also keeping their creative professions alive. And surprise surprise, the creative work took place during naps, early in the morning and late at night when the littles were sleeping.
Motherhood, as you know is one of the most physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting, more than full time jobs available. We also know that it is a deeply fulfilling experience, that's what everyone talks about and is taken as a given. But it shocks me that within the context of motherhood and it's challenges, women are still producing exceptional work and oftentimes seeing it as a hobby or side project. Despite the limited time and energy of Moms, we are still managing to squeeze in the raising of our other babies, our creative work.
Talking to my friends I notice an ongoing theme that incredibly creative and inspiring work is being produced but it is not being recognised as legitimate or substantial. I for one, think that the work and the women ought to be celebrated! Not only because it is produced in exceptionally challenging circumstances but it is also awesome in it's own right. It is also rare for us to stand up and shout out our successes, especially as mothers who may feel guilty spending even one precious moment away from our children.
So I thought I'd write a blog about that and praise and celebrate creative moms!
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