I am interviewing a diverse group of mom’s from all over the country. Each mom will share their unique journey through motherhood. These moms will make you laugh, tear up and most importantly, feel normal(yes, we’ve all cried over spilled (breast/formula) milk). I hope their stories inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me.
Georgia Native, Entrepreneur, Eyebrow Goddess + Mom!
Erin sense of humor and positive attitude are infectious. She is humble and kind and after talking to her you always leave with a smile. Erin is the founder of a booming concierge eyebrow business, Eyebrows by Erin. In the privacy of your home, she will shape your brows and trust me, they will look way better then when you do them yourself. Erin was trained by the prestigious, Beverly Hills based brow company, Anastasia and is a licensed esthetician. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.
MomMode: How many children do you have?
Erin: I have 1 son who is 12 years old.
MomMode: What is your relationship status?
Erin: I’m dating.
MomMode: What is your work status, FT, PT or SAHM?
Erin: I work full-time running my business Eyebrows by Erin. It is giving me the flexibility and balance to be able to work and spend time with my son.
MomMode: How did you know you were ready to have your first baby?
Erin: I always wanted to be a mother and knew I would want to start my own family somewhat young. My pregnancy was not planned, but I decided to embrace motherhood. At 19 I thought that I would be OK with giving up the years to be young and selfish. I was never a party girl or ambitious in certain ways, so I was fine with being a young mother. I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything I would regret.
MomMode: What is the hardest part about being a mom?
Erin: I’ve been so lucky with my son, very easy and happy kid. I will say that the infant days were the hardest. I really felt like it wasn’t until he was a toddler I was able to get my identity and a little independence back. I tried to enjoy every moment but wow was I tired. Zombie like.
MomMode: What do you love most about being a mom?
Erin: The unconditional love. In my opinion, its the only true unconditional love there is, from mother to child. Its such a sacred relationship and its so fulfilling being able to put your all into someone and know that it will never go to waste! Sometimes I see moms who say their children are very different from them. My son definitely has his own personality and independence but I feel like I’ve found a soulmate in my son. We are very close and there is nothing like it.
MomMode: How do you balance motherhood, dating, working and “me” time?
Erin: I am fortunate to be surrounded by family, and that as been so helpful in allowing me to work while he is with his grandma. It can be hard to get over the guilt of having “me time”, but I try very hard to make sure that my son and I spend quality time together as well. We love to do things just the 2 of us, whether its going to the movies or on road trips. We are very close as a result!
MomMode: How did you decide between being a working mom or SAHM?
Erin: I work out of necessity and honestly no other reason, haha!
MomMode: What tips do you have for navigating maternity leave & going back to work?
Erin: Its really easy to get tunnel vision and put yourself and baby in a bubble. I think its best to realize that working parents are completely normal and usually needed financially. It is difficult to leave your baby but know that it all turns out OK and you’re not alone!
MomMode: Spill the beans…what is your best mom hack?
Erin: Give choices! I’ve found it cuts down on attitude/fits/etc. (i.e., would you rather start with math or science homework? Do you want to take your shower in the morning or at night?)