I am an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of four amazing children. And I am joyful beyond measure, but it wasn’t always like this.
Lessons & Challenges of Early Motherhood
I spun my wheels for many years as a young parent, feeling more stress than joy, more irritability than peace, and more resentment than contentment. This was incredibly difficult to acknowledge, especially considering my husband and I had fertility struggles conceiving our children. Our first-born daughter died in my arms of a heart defect. This made me understand deeply what a blessing being a parent is and what a gift children are, and yet I still was not happy, content, or relaxed.
During this time, I worked part-time as a family therapist while my three living children were young. In addition, I also ran a charity that my husband and I created in honor of our deceased daughter. Add to that that I volunteered at my children’s school parties and functions. And I coached their soccer teams. Then I went back to school to become a parent coach. I trained for two half-marathons. And launched two new businesses. Finding balance did not come easy. I was once named a superwoman of South Jersey, and yet I still was not happy, content or relaxed.