Welcome to “New Friend Friday!” Every other Friday, I’ll introduce you to someone new! It could be anyone from another blogger to a local business owner. I’ve gotten to meet some really great people lately, and I want to share them with you!
My first New Friend is Lindsey, from Every Day Above Dirt is a Good Day. I really enjoy reading her posts because she is so REAL. She’s one of us. She’s figuring this whole motherhood thing out one day at a time and sharing what she’s learned along the way. I also love watching her Instagram stories because her accent is beyond adorable 🙂
I asked her some questions so that you all can start to see why I look forward to her posts!
First, her bio:
Hey there, my name is Lindsey and I’m a fairly new mom and blogger, neither of which do I feel like a pro at. I have learned that being a mom is messy and imperfect and that is okay. The purpose of my blog is to share my real life stories in attempts to help other real moms not feel so alone or like a failure because they’re not perfect. I want to give real hope to real moms in the real world!
(See! Don’t you love her already? )
- I love your blog name. Everyday Above Dirt is a Good Day- isn’t that the truth?! How did you come up with it?
I’m so glad you asked! It’s actually a very simple but very special name to me. My dad would always tell us that “everyday above dirt is a good day, so act like it.” My sisters and I would always roll our eyes and say okay dad. You know, one of those sayings that you liked but your parents tell you over and over, so you get sick of it.
The saying took on a whole new meaning almost seven years ago when I got a call telling me that my dad had gone to heaven in his sleep. He was not sick, he was not hurting, there were no signs of anything and we were absolutely shocked.
So, since then the saying has taken on a whole new meaning and direction in my life. We truly don’t know how long we’ll be here, so I’m striving everyday to make it a good day. Even with all the ups and downs of being a mama.
2. I noticed that you are a teacher turned SAHM after the birth of your son. What’s something you miss about teaching and something you don’t miss about teaching?
My favorite part about teaching was the ability to show each student what it means to treat their classmates and themselves with love and also to be loved by me. I found that when students feel loved learning follows a lot more naturally. Then eventually (and usually) they would then develop a love for learning. So, I would say that’s what I miss the most.
I don’t miss behavioral challenges. When a child will not listen to you and the parents won’t offer their support as a teacher your hands are really tied. It can be a serious challenge to teach a child that is defiant. That’s why I know now that parent support is HUGE!!
When my son goes to school I plan to be an advocate for the teacher and support him/her however I can.
3. What is your favorite cheesy movie and why should I watch it ASAP?
Okay, bear with me here…Cool Runnings. You know, the one about Jamaican Bobsledders?! Doesn’t everyone love that movie?? (I knew I liked her!! That is a classic!!)
I think what I love most about the movie is their tenacity and unwillingness to give up despite all the obstacles that were hurled their way. I mean Jamaica and bobsledding don’t really go together, but they didn’t care.
There also wasn’t a typical fairy tale ending. They didn’t win or come out on top. At the end of the race their bobsled broke down but they didn’t let that define them. They picked up their sled and walked across the finish line as a team. Because it doesn’t matter if you fail, it’s how you handle that failure.
So, I guess if blogging doesn’t work out for me I can always do movie reviews, haha!
4. How do you hope people describe you?
I hope people describe me as real and loving. Those are two most important attributes to me.
In a world full of unattainable, perfect images bombarding us I think it’s so important that we be more transparent with who we really are. It’s okay to not have it all together or to not be picture perfect.
The most important thing is that we make our children feel loved and taken care of. So, if my hair isn’t done, I don’t have make-up on or haven’t shaved in months…none of that matters. What matters is that my son knows that he’s loved and take care of by an imperfectly perfect mom. (Sigh. You nailed it!)
5. What is the best piece (or pieces) of advice you have gotten as a mother?
The two pieces of advice I still cling to today are: 1) Take it day by day. 2) What worked for another mom might not work for you and that’s okay.
These two gems help me take some pressure off myself. I think it’s easy to get in the mindset that we have to do everything perfect in order for our child to thrive. And none of us know what perfect is or if it even exists (pretty sure it doesn’t). So, reminding myself to slow down and breathe and that there are many ways to parent.
These thoughts always gives me a little freedom and help me not go into full panic attack mode.
6. Which blog post of yours is your favorite? Why is that?
I would have to say one of my favorites post I’ve done so far is, 10 Ways Dads Can Help Breastfeeding Moms. This post means so much to me because it’s so personal. My breastfeeding journey was not an easy one by any means and I really don’t think I would have made it if it wasn’t for the support my husband gave.
I think often times dads think they don’t have anything to offer when it comes to breastfeeding but that’s a lie! Us mamas need help and the best person to do that is our men.
I write about how men can help, so hopefully other dads can have an idea of how breastfeeding can actually be a bonding experience for the whole family.
7. What is your comfort food? Or foods? In other words, what food are you about to make me crave?
CHOCOLATE…anything and everything chocolate related would be the winner! If you add in a bit of peanut butter that makes it all the better! (Oh my gosh, yes. Winning combination!)
My favorite semi healthy comfort food at the moment is Halo Top’s Peanut Butter Cup. If you haven’t tried it, you need to! And you’re welcome.
8. And finally, in the spirit of my blog name, what do you “Just wanna finish?”
Ahhh, what a good question with so many answers. I know it’s kind of cliche but it’s just the truth…I’d love to complete a load of laundry in one day. I feel like that’s not to lofty of a goal but somehow it never works out.
I’ll start a load then forget to put it in the drier, so sometimes I’ll need to wash the load again. After the wash is finally completed I’ll put them in the drier and once the drier stops I won’t know (we turned the buzzer off because nap time) then the dry,clean clothes will sit in the dryer for sometimes days and then I’ll finally fold and put away.
Just in time for the dirty clothes to have built up again. I totally own that it’s my fault most of the time. But, I’d love to be one of those moms who does it all in one day. Wash, dry, fold and put away. #momgoals
Doesn’t she sound like such a sweetheart?! I’m going to put all her links below so that you can follow along!