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Mother’s Quest: Navigating the Journey of Motherhood

Mother’s Quest: Navigating the Journey of Motherhood

Living an epic life is the framework and mission behind Mother’s Quest, a podcast by Julie Neale, focusing on intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring moms.

She joined me on the MomUp Show to chat about how moms can navigate the journey through motherhood and how we balance all the demands on us as moms and women.

Julie says, “Motherhood is a transformational journey and not a destination. In motherhood, we find parts of ourselves we never knew we had, but we also lose parts of ourselves. “

She’s has been on the quest herself. Learning to grow and be present for her kids while maintaining her own dream and journey.

Sometimes it can feel like we are at odds with ourselves because we have our own desires and needs on one hand, and then the demands of motherhood on the other. Julie says that she struggles with the word “balance” because it’s so hard to find and maintain balance. Rather, making conscious choices based on our goals and dreams that are realistic.

So for example, when we have tiny babies, we may not have to go after our dreams in a really committed way, but we have what she calls windows of opportunity. For example, when our kids transition to a new stage that creates more independence for them, and freedom for us.

We talk all about how moms juggle #allthethings, like making tough parenting decisions about modern problems… helloooo screen time.

Then Julie gives me recommendations for resources along the way on my personal Mother Quest.

Listen in for the whole conversation here.

About Julie

Julie Neale is a life and leadership coach, community builder, writer and mom to two high energy boys who challenge her to grow into her best self.

Motherhood transformed her and set jer on a course to live a truly E.P.I.C. life. Now, as the founder of Mother’s Quest, Julie is also on a mission to use her gifts to help moms live theirs.

Find Mother’s Quest at mothersquest.com or the Mother’s Quest Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersquest/.

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Motherhood Almost Broke Me Today

Motherhood Almost Broke Me Today

I was angrily folding up the stroller and tossing it in the back of the car when I heard a baby start crying.

He finally realized he didn’t have his airplane in his hands and it was a total catastrophe.

But it wasn’t his little meltdown that had me on edge.

It was my daughter and her seeming lack of any gratitude for basically anything.

I had recently done research on kids and gratitude. I knew that at her age, concepts like gratitude and being thankful just don’t quite sink the way they will when she gets a little older.

Still, I wondered whether I was raising a spoiled brat who didn’t appreciate a damn thing her dad and I have done for her.

The truth about my daughter is that yeah she is a little spoiled sometimes, but she’s also incredibly loving and sweet. She helps with her little brothers way more than necessary for a kid her age (5).

She is the kid who helped me pick out a gift for a charity Christmas tree for another little girl and also felt the need to draw like 100 pictures to include for the little girl to make her feel extra special.

Every little kid has their bratty moments, and my daughter certainly has hers, but I don’t think she’s actually any worse than most kids out there.

But tonight, it was just one of those nights that made me question my entire momlife and whether I was doing this job well or not.

After hanging at home in the morning, I took the kids to a local museum for kids that my daughter calls the “fun” museum. Then we hopped back in the car for a short drive down the road to a Christmas light show at the zoo.

The kids had lots of yummy snacks including ice cream, fries, rice crispy treats. They played, saw a show, and had by all accounts a magical night.

Except for one thing.

My daughter wanted one of those glowing, light-up toys. You know, one of those overpriced ones that spin or blinks that they sell at every kid’s event that happens at night or the dark.

The problem isn’t that I just needed to buy one for her, but my twins are old enough that if she got one, you can be damn sure they would have had a fit until they got one each too.

So I didn’t need to just get one, but three.

This is one of the hardest things about adding kids to the family. A lot of things that were no big deal when it’s just one kid are suddenly a much bigger deal.

Besides the fact that my daughter had some of these toys at home already and didn’t need one, the buying in triplicate thing just wasn’t in my budget on top of the $100 I spent that day already between gas, food, and tickets.

You’d think that after this awesome fun-filled day, my daughter would be thankful AF to her loving mother. But nope.

When I asked her if she had fun, all she could say was that she thought I wasn’t being nice to her because I said no to the light-up toy.

If I’m being honest, I’m still deep in my feelings right now on this.

I don’t blame my daughter for her feelings. That’s how kids are! Sometimes they get their little minds stuck on one thing and they just can’t quite get past it. No amount of reasoning with them really works.

But it just hit home on this feeling that no matter what I did… it wasn’t enough.

Do you ever have that feeling? Like no matter what you do it isn’t good enough? You just can’t win?

That’s how I felt. Here I had done what I thought would be a nice thing for my kids and this stupid little toy thwarted my efforts to make it a perfect day.

It was like how I spent the whole damn year planning a trip to Disney and then my daughter spent half the time complaining about walking so much. (Again I don’t blame her… she was 4 and it was a lot of walking in 90+ degree heat.)

Nothing ever quite turns out how you expect.

I’m going to nurse my wounds on this and not bypass my own feelings on it, but I’m going to make sure this doesn’t *actually* break me as a mom.

This is life.

It’s a reminder to stop expecting perfection and to just be grateful for what is.

The truth is that here I am mentally chiding my daughter because I don’t think she’s grateful enough, and did *I* take a second to feel grateful for the day?

Nope. I didn’t.

All I did was pick apart how my daughter and I both have some flaws and weren’t the best we could be.

Funny how that works.

A lot of times the lesson you feel your kids need is really the lesson YOU need the most.

So maybe this day DID break me a little, but in retrospect, it was a good break. Like how sometimes you have re-break an arm that set improperly so that it will heal in the best way possible.

Who knows. Motherhood is an art, not a science, and some works do art are a bit ugly.

The best thing to do is just keep going. Keep trying, and when in doubt just choose to love, ask for forgiveness when you screw up, and be grateful you got to be their mom for another day.

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This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

I snapped this photo to remember this moment when I realized I was totally an overwhelmed mom, and even if I was #blessed, life was also really really hard.

I was a little over 24 hours into being a mom of three, and I was already an overwhelmed mom.

After a long long long labor, I gave birth to twins, and within a day brought them home to my 2-year-old daughter.

I had no idea WITAF I was doing.

I’d like to say that being a completely overwhelmed mom was due to the fact that I had twins, but to be honest, I was just as overwhelmed when I brought my first home from the hospital too.

No matter how seasoned, or new, of a mom you are, whenever you bring new life into this world, your life changes too.

With that change comes not just an emotional overwhelm, either from the postpartum hormones or just all the feels, but also a feeling of intense overwhelm trying to figure out how to make all the things work together now.

When you have kids, a lot of what keeps the peace in the home and your sanity is your routines.

There are periods of upheaval and difficulty, like illness or teething, but for the most part, you fall into patterns that help everyone stay on a somewhat even keel.

Nothing messes up a routine like a new baby and makes you feel more overwhelmed.

New babies have routines and minds all of their own.

In those first few days and weeks of being a new mom, or becoming a mom again with a new baby, you can easily become an overwhelmed mom trying to get to know this new little one.

There is not one single cure for the overwhelmed mom.

At some point, all of us will become frazzled and pushed to our limits, and for different reasons.

Sometimes it’s a new baby. Sometimes it’s a baby becoming a toddler. Sometimes it’s a threenager. Sometimes it’s not even the kids, but our partner stressing us out.

But eventually, you realize you’re hardcore on that strugglebus and need to get off fast.

If there is one panacea for being overwhelmed it is this… admitting it.

How often do you see other moms on Instagram, at Target, at the bus stop, at your kid’s ballet class, or maybe at the park and think that they have it all together? They’re really nailing this whole mom thing.

The truth is, they probably look at you and think the same thing.

We have been trained not to bother others with our needs or our feelings. We have been trained to act like we have it all together and aren’t overwhelmed moms when we don’t. We’ve been trained to pretend we aren’t overwhelmed when we are drowning.

The idea that we might be feeling overwhelmed by motherhood, even just for a day, even just for an hour, is full of so much shame for most of us, we can’t even admit it.

I have no problem divulging my feelings here on this very public blog post, but when it comes to “real” life, ya know like in-person real life with friends and people I know, I clam up.

It’s oddly easier to share with a big group of people than to share with an individual.

Last weekend my daughter had her first ballet recital. I was a little worried she might freeze up because she was being shy about practicing her routine in front of people.

But when she walked on that stage, she beamed! She hit every mark and totally rocked it, even though she’s only 5!

See, when you perform or share for a big group, even when you are being “vulnerable” there is a mask that is up. There is still some separation. You can’t be truly intimate with too many people at a time.

And this happens in social media too. We share memes that joke about how tired we are because it’s easier to turn it into a joke.

But what if you were able to just open up to one person about how overwhelmed you really were? Or maybe even just admit it to yourself?

A lot of times acknowledging that my life is a shitshow and I don’t know what I’m doing helps me get a bit recentered.

Admitting my low point helps me start figuring out how to get back on track, and when I admit it to someone else there are a couple things that happen.

The first is I realize that even though we are all adults, we still all kind of feel like we are kids who don’t know WTF is going on…

The second is we realize that we *might* have been catastrophizing things in our head. Making a mountain out of a molehill. Shaming ourselves to the nth degree instead when things are that bad.

Of course, the pressures of motherhood are huge, and yes we do get overwhelmed. But when you bring yourself back to reality, you realize that the overwhelming might be all in your head because you try to do it all at once.

Maybe you can just focus on the next thing you can do right now?

What do you think, mama? What helps you when you’re feeling like a totally overwhelmed mom? Share in the comments below!

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Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Today was one of those days when it all just hit me. Being a mom is hard, and sometimes it feels like you’re failing. Like maybe you’re just not a good mom. But it’s not you. It’s just that hard.

A few months ago I was chatting with a new mom who on the outside seemed to have it all together. She was barely past the fourth trimester and already not just doing yoga, but teaching yoga classes.

She went on hikes with her baby and boyfriend. It all seemed picture-perfect… at least on Facebook. Motherhood seemed to just suit her, and she was thriving as a mom.

But then as we got a little deeper into talking she said she was struggling. A lot. Really struggling.

Even now that I am not a “new” mom since I’ve been at this gig for five years with three kids in total, I still sometimes lose sight of the fact that I’m not the only one going through motherhood right now.

I’m not the only one who knows the defeats and triumphs of being a mom. I’m not the only one who knows being a mom is hard. We all do, and we have all had our struggles.

Do you ever think back on all those times before you had kids when you complained about being bored, that you didn’t have anything to do?

All those hours you spent procrastinating studying for finals? All the weekends spent lazily going to brunch and a farmer’s market after being up all hours of the night dancing?

Do you ever want to go back to that girl/woman you were and just… bitch slap her?

I mean… damn… she had it so easy didn’t she?

And even as I type that I know that when I was that 20something woman who had it so easy with disposable income and time to spare, all I really wanted was what I have now.

The house, the kids, the husband, and a 14-year-old teensy blind dog that looks like a little toy. I have all that I was searching for all those years.

But unfortunately, life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows.

It’s more like yogurt sticks and debating on whether that brown mark on the carpet is chocolate, old banana, or poop.

Or sticking with the poop for a sec… finding rogue turds in your living room that can’t be linked to a specific child.

The thing is that a lot of the things we joke about being so hard in motherhood are in fact hard, but they aren’t the hardest part.

For me, the hardest part is never feeling good enough.

The thing about becoming a mom is that it has a tendency to heighten a lot of things. Those PMS emotions or even the teenage hormones of puberty were nothing compared to the postpartum emotions and that giant tsunami of feels that creates.

It also heightens the feeling in me that I am not and never will be enough.

Because when I was just a single gal out on the town worrying about whether to get black or red for my manicure, the stakes were low.

I felt like I had the entire world at my feet and a lifetime ahead of me, which I did for the most part. But at that time, I didn’t have one tiny bit of respect for what responsibility was.

That lack of responsibility that I sometimes crave now is what simultaneously made my life less meaningful and so much easier.

Now? As a mom?

This is high-risk and high-reward living at its finest.

The reason being a mom is hard is because we care so damn much.

If being a mom didn’t matter to us, if we didn’t love our kids infinitely, if we didn’t want to be perfect at this job, then it would be easy.

Yes, there’s the exhaustion, the physical exertion, and the tasks that need to get done that add to why being a mom is hard. But really the hardest part is mental and emotional.

It’s heart-breaking when you realize your baby has the legs of a little and not a toddler anymore.

It’s gut-wrenching when in the middle of a tough day you lose your cool and yell at your kids, then have to figure out how to apologize in a way they understand.

It’s terrifying to have to make big decisions for your children that could impact the rest of their lives.

There is only ONE part of motherhood that is easy. Loving them.

But is it? Is it really easy loving your children?

Sure, you love them unconditionally, and it’s not hard to just fall in love with those teeny squishes that grow into toddlers and kids that melt your heart.

That love though? It’s so intense it literally hurts you.

Again. The caring so much makes it hurt. The loving so much makes being a mom hard.

We could talk about all the tips and tricks to help motherhood be a little easier, and I find those to be extremely valuable. However, we also have to admit that no matter what we do, it will never be is.

It will always be hard.

The best thing for me is to accept that and try my best to just live in the moment with my kids as often as I can. Enjoying it.

It does, after all, go by so quickly.

So I embrace the mess and the chaos, and I’m also learning to embrace myself and give myself some love and grace because being a mom is hard… so hard.

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…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

Today was my 5-year-old daughter’s very first dance recital, ever.

I was not prepared.

When she started soccer, I was not prepared emotionally for it, but this time, I was pretty well armed for all the feels. Especially when it came to realize how much she’s growing up. (It does happen as quickly as they say.)

But I was not prepared for the whirlwind intensity of dance recitals.

I anticipated the chilled out environment of the school plays I had been to when I was a kid. This wasn’t that.

Everything was as well organized as can be for the number of little girls in tutus running around, but I had no idea that I’d be walking into a room of hundreds of little ones with over 20 acts going on!

Even getting there 30 minutes early meant having to hunt for a couple of free seats, and we were one of the last there!

My daughter’s class is on Monday mornings. The only other class going on is a little Mommy & me class, and her actual class only has three little girls total.

It’s so chill.

I just had no idea the scale of what we were walking into.

I also had no idea how much I wasn’t as prepared as I thought emotionally.

The nerves I felt were way more than any time I ever played a sport or performed on a stage myself.

Of course I was wondering how she was doing backstage without me, but even though we had practiced and had dress rehearsals, she has never been on a stage in front of hundreds of people before.

Would she freeze up? Freak out? Cry?

She was brilliant. 

I mean I’m biased, and at 5-years-old the bar isn’t set that high. But she went out on that stage, with no fear, and she did the whole dance with a smile. 

The feeling I wasn’t prepared for was pride. 

It’s not as if I haven’t been proud of my kids in the past, but this kind of pride was different. I am always proud of my kids just because of who they are. 

But today I was proud of one of my kids for their work, dedication, and talent. She went to her ballet class every week, learned the dance, practiced at home, and was brave enough to go out on that stage and show off her work. 

I have been just floating on a cloud of pride since this morning. 

The last five years since I gave birth to my tiny ballerina have been really hard. Adjusting to being a mom, not to mention being married, then having twins throw into the mix when my daughter was just 2 wasn’t exactly easy.

But as I watch my kids grow older, I start to see the fruits of my labor. They become more and more their own person, and it’s beautiful… and terrifying.

As a mom, I want nothing more than for my kids to grow up, learn, explore, have lives of their own… and yet, I want to freeze time and just keep them with me forever.

It’s all emotional, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Motherhood has brought about bigger and deeper feelings I couldn’t have understood before. That’s part of the gig.

This little ballet recital today was just a small reminder of that.

So here’s to me officially joining the ranks of dance moms. All advice welcome. lol.

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I don’t know about you, but on those tough when that I just need a little distraction from the chaos of motherhood, I love to find the best mom memes.

These mom memes are my current favs that I’ve seen floating around Instagram, and I knew there were other mamas out there who would relate to them too.

We love mom memes because they create community

And I think that’s what we are looking for the most when we either look for mom memes, or find some on social media that really speak to us. It’s looking for someone or something we can relate to. Being a mom is awesome, but it is so hard. It can also be really isolating to be stuck in a house with tiny humans.

Not having any adult interaction is tough. We can start to feel like all the things we are going through are only happening to us, but they’re not. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like I was the only one who was feeling a certain way, and it turns out every other mom had the same issue.

There was one new mom I was following on Facebook. She looked like she had it all together like she was just made for motherhood. But when I interviewed her for the MomUp Show, she told me how she’s actually struggling a ton!

It might sound a bit dramatic or silly, but we are so desperate for a village. For a group of moms, we can support and be supported by. Mom memes are this phenomenon that glues together the tiny bit of village and community we do have.

So enjoy these 20 mom memes!

There you have it Mamas. Our favorite 20 mom memes. What’s yours? Tag us on Instagram or share in the comments!

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