For as long as I can remember I had wanted to be a mother one day. The day my little sister Mary Catharine was born was the day my practice for this role started. I pretended like she was my baby all the time. I would dress her up, play “teacher” and “student”, and basically boss her around. I can’t think of a single other thing that captured my heart and attention the way the idea of being a mother did.
I went to fashion school for Merchandise Marketing – thinking I would be interested in the business side of fashion. I was all geared up to break into the industry when three months after graduating I found out I was pregnant. It was definitely a surprise but a very welcomed one. Finally, I was going to get to have the job I had always wanted.
For the past four years, I couldn’t think of any other “hat” I’d rather be wearing than that of “mother” and staying home with my girls. And to top it off, life in New York has been crazy. Our first year here was pretty intense. My husband was traveling and working late hours, the girls would be asleep most nights before he even got home, and I was struggling with how to find time and space for myself here without any family to help us. However, after about a year, it started to feel like the right time to start to pursue something outside of the house. I was ready to try on a different “hat”.
That is how Lucky Penny started! It’s been pretty amazing this past year and a half to get to invest in the creative side of my personality and work on amazing projects with some of the women I’ve met in this journey. I’ve been able to experiment with photography, styling, freelance writing, and so many other roles I never thought I would find myself in after having kids. I feel incredibly lucky to have so many other creative women surrounding me to constantly push and support me in trying new endeavors and sharing in our successes.
So while I’ll always wear the hat of “Mom”, its been nice to hang it up for a few hours and see what I chose for myself in my free-time and how I try to balance wearing all of them at once. You can read more about my experience and thoughts on the “hats I wear” over on the Gigipip blog!