A Little About My Blog
Welcome to Awaken and Begin! I started this blog several years ago to share my ideas about being healthy, remaining calm and centered, getting organized, and being productive. Now that I’m a mom, I’m making my best attempt at surviving and occasionally simplifying mom life. Oh and planning – I’m majorly into planning the weekly meals, updating the household monthly calendar, and updating my personal planner. When I actually get around to it.
I spent months coming up with the name for my blog and settled on Awaken and Begin because I thought it had a nice ring to it. For me it represents the idea that we all have the ability to wake up each day and take back some semblance of control over our own lives. To Begin to do what we actually want to do in life.
This is the story of my life: I wake up feeling all excited thinking I can get everything done that day. Then I don’t. Then I try again the next day. So I’m a work in progress. And so is this blog. I hope to get back into posting regular, (hopefully) relatable content. Likely mom-content now that I’m a mom.
I still aspire to be a healthier, more organized, more centered, more productive version of myself. I just thought it was getting too easy so I made the enlightened decision to tack on the challenge of being a work in progress while raising two little girls – come along for the ride! We’ll have fun!
A Little About Me
I’m a full-time work-at-home mom and dabble in blogging and Instagramming on the side. My husband and I own Share More Smiles Orthodontics (he’s the orthodontist – I just sit home all day and look pretty…kidding…I’m a medical writer/content specialist for the pharmaceutical industry).
As “doctors” (I have to put it in quotes because it’s slightly funny to me), Michael and I initially bought into the societal expectation that we should want to live in the biggest house we could afford (get approved for). As a young, in love, naive couple, we couldn’t possibly have predicted just how much the big house with the big expenses just wasn’t right for us. It took a little bit of time and convincing to figure this out, but we took a leap of faith and put the big house on the market, and found what I would without question call our dream home. A home that is half the size of the big house we started out in. If we were ever to move, I would want the exact same floor plan as we currently have, with a tub in the master bathroom added on.
We currently reside in way too sunny Surprise, AZ with our original fur baby, Shenanigans, and two girls who are growing faster than I can update their ages here. So I will keep it simple and say that Claire was born in June 2017 and Emma in September 2018 (the day after Michael turned 39 – I’m much younger ;)).