Hi guys, I’m Alison! I’m a goofy mom of two wild & wonderful little girls ages 3 and 8 seeking ways to feel calmer in the chaos of parenting & life.
Here’s what you’ll find on this site:
I am passionate about eco-friendly/healthy living, allergy-free cooking (although I kind of suck at it), early education (I’m a pediatric speech therapist), family, music (I’m a parody video enthusiast and wannabe Disney princess), and too many other things to count (essential oils, eco-beauty products, “self-help” books, coffee, and vegan donuts; to name a few).
Join me as I search for calm, fun, joy and meaning in my quest to be a calmer mom! 🙂
Here’s my “why” for starting this site:
I am also a person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, IBS, and food sensitivities. I have perfectionist tendencies and these went wild after I had my first baby. Perfectionism, anxiety, and tummy issues are not a pleasant mix and I tried to just deal with it all (ignore it) for a while and keep truckin’. A few years ago I had the realization that burning myself out and trying to do everything perfectly, but often falling short of “perfection” was not making me healthier or a better mom.
I jumped into a spiritual journey in search of ways to feel calm and purposeful among the chaos of parenting, life, and my anxious brain. I’ve tried acupuncture, crystals, meditation, yoga, online coaching, counseling, Sedona vortex visits, anti-anxiety meds (yes, I said it), spending time in nature, exploring Buddhism and more.
Despite all of this, I still find myself struggling with anxiety and wanting to find out what path I’m meant to take as a mom and person navigating this life journey. This blog is my way of documenting my journey to find the elusive calm state of mind and letting myself be vulnerable and share my journey to support myself in healing my mind, body, and spirit. I love learning about others’ journeys as well and I hope this connects me with like-minded mamas that I can learn a thing or two from.
Here’s a little more info on my background and quest for calm:
I’m also a Speech Language Pathologist and started out motherhood in grad school, boy was that a roller coaster (a long & yucky one that left me feeling burned out)! After I graduated, I worked full-time for one year in an elementary school and ran around like a crazy lunatic with 80 kids on my caseload and came home crying because I didn’t have enough energy for my daughter.
For the next few years, I stayed in the school system and reduced my hours until I finally decided with the birth of my new baby girl to go down to 4 hours a week. I wanted the stay-at-home mom experience I had felt deprived of with my first baby and sought to find the perfect work/life balance for our family. Little did I know, the perfect balance might not truly exist.
Since then I’ve tried working out of the house part-time, starting an online business (holy crap this was not a calm experience, haha) and I’m currently working from home part-tim
e. After my online business failed miserably (from a financial standpoint) I find myself seeking a creative outlet, but yet afraid of putting myself out there again creatively. Although my site didn’t take off and turn into a business, I learned many valuable lessons from the experience and I know it was a part of my journey. I still have it up and running and hope that the resources on early speech and language development and learning served at least a few parents. Feel free to check it out here: Chirpy Chatterbox. I think the only way to bust through this mental block and fear of failure is to go for it, so here I am!
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