As long as I can remember I wanted to be a writer. I hoped to one day write books and encourage other people. As a (recovering) people pleaser that desire to make others happy and to encourage has never really gone away, and truly, that is the heartbeat of this blog.
You will find real life stories, advice and a whole lot of me not having the answers but being right there with you. I don’t believe in a one size fits all for parenting, but I do believe a lot can be accomplished with love and a little bit less stress.
I started this blog in February of 2011. My son was 3 months old, and it was a perfect outlet for me as a stay at home mom. The blog has grown a lot over the past few years and is now much more than just an “outlet” for me and has truly become a community of moms all growing together!
I know it’s always fun to see the life behind the blog, so here is a little glimpse into my life.
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, starting when I was only a teenager. I’m now a 20-something mom of two living in Houston, Texas. I love the hot weather here and the distinct lack of a real winter. I thrive on deadlines and pressure.
I’m a huge introvert so if we’re together one on one I’ll talk your ear off, but more than three people in a group and I’ll clam up faster than you can say “how was your day?”.
I’ve got a tattoo (planning another), no hair and an obsession with Doctor Who. Sometimes I write about depression and overcoming PTSD from my not-so-lovely teen years.
My husband is the kindest man I’ve ever met. We’ve been married for just under 7 years and we’ve laughed through most of them. Few things that can’t be solved with a good corny joke and a better cup of coffee.
We met when we were 18 and got married 5 weeks later. Yes, craziness but the fun kind of crazy and we roll with it!
About a year into our marriage we found out I was pregnant with our rambunctious little boy. He’s quickly approaching age 5 and keeps us on our toes.
21 months later his sister joined our family and we now feel complete. She brings spunk, drama and a whole lot of giggles to our family.
Life is fun and we are all about embracing the chaos instead of running from it.
So, why the name Beauty Through Imperfection?
I have struggled with insecurity a lot in my life because I felt like I needed to be perfect. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself, and to fix your shortcomings, but when you are constantly feeling bad because you aren’t perfect, well, that’s just not healthy. As a new mom, I would get discouraged because I always looked around and saw people that seemed perfect, blogs I would read, people I would meet, every one was acting like they had it all together, and it made me feel inadequate. My hubby would constantly encourage me that there’s no such thing as a perfect mom, and that I was doing great because I love my kids and I take care of them, but I still felt unsure. Sometime in the past couple of years I just stopped worrying about it. I realized that we are all imperfect but that’s where the beauty can be found, as we grow and learn together.
I wrote the book When Baby Becomes Big Sibling to help families thrive through the transitions that come when adding a new baby to your family.
Confessions of an Imperfect Mother is another book I’ve written. This is a compilation of some of the most popular and encouraging words from this site.