Hey Friends! I'm really excited to talk to you about today's collaboration. Zoe reached out to me a few weeks ago and wanted to see if there was any way we could partner to empower each other and share our insights into parenthood. I started to explore her blog and knew right away that it was a perfect fit. Zoe is the Founder of ThinkBaby.org, a blog for expecting and new parents to read more about baby products, share parenting advice and more.
It was a joy brainstorming with Zoe on ways we could share each other's story. Zoe is honest, real and accepting. Her story has shaped her blog and she has created a safe place for moms to go and find community online. Read more about Zoe below and go check out her blog!
Name: Zoe Withers
Occupation: Stay at home mom to 3 beautiful children. Previously to becoming a stay at home mom I was a CPA.
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Tell us how your blog came to be? My blog came to be when my husband and I were trying to get pregnant but I was stuck in a very long infertility period. It made me feel secluded, and I wanted to find someone who truly understood what I was going through. So I wrote a blog about my infertility to relate with other women, and it turned into my entire world! [Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing your story! We love vulnerable, honest people and you are one of them.]
What inspires you to write and empower other mothers who are looking for quality content? I want to create a safe space for mothers, offer advice, and just be a friend to them as well. I want to empower women who may be struggling to not only fight the daily exhaustion and stress of parenthood, but also inspire them to chase after their dreams despite being a parent, as many new mothers forget about the most important thing, themselves. [Editor's Note: So refreshing and what a good reminder that we still need to nurture ourselves as well.]
How has being a mom challenged you? And how has it strengthened you? It has pushed me to the very brink of my limits, and really showed me what I am truly capable of. I have learned more patience, wisdom, love, and responsibility in these few years of parenting than I have in my entire life, and I think that is the biggest strength of all. [Editor's Note: Yes! Patience can be so hard for me but these little ones are the best teachers.]
Did you always know you wanted to be a mom? I did! Ever since I was a little girl I used to ask my mom to have another baby so that I could take care of her like my own. Of course my mom wasn't exactly on board with this, but instead got me my own kitten to be a 'mom' to. Although, I think that kitty was a little bit easier to take care of than a real baby... (if you know what I mean).
What is your best piece of advice for expecting or new mothers? Embrace everything that comes with motherhood. The stretch marks and all. Motherhood is sacrificing a lot, and marks like this are the proof of it. You should always love every inch or yourself before and after having a baby.
Finally, what is your favorite meal to share with your family? A sweet home-cooked family recipe of spaghetti. It's been in our family for generations, and you can never beat a sweet little dinner together at home instead of a dinner out. [Editor's Note: That sounds delicious! Next time we're in Boston we may crash your home for dinner!]