Career, Women

The Pie Life… and How I Found Balance

I loved being a stay-at-home mom. For years. The nursing, the middle-of-the-day cuddles, how the smallest activities turned into big, big adventures. And then one day I didn’t love it so much anymore. In fact, I found myself very depressed. My life was completely out of whack. 

One night after baby group, I approached another mom whom I knew to be a work-life balance expert, Samantha Ettus. I told her I was thinking about starting a DIY blog and I asked what she thought of that idea.

Her face lit up like I had just given her a gift. And I had— now that she’s my friend I know that her passion is to help other women find fulfillment and achieve their goals.

In The Pie Life, she mentions this night when I came up to her. I told her I’d probably start once my littlest was in kindergarten. “Why not start tomorrow?” she suggested.

That was just the push I needed. I did start the next day, by researching available domain names and handles. And the day after that I started creating content. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. I brought my computer everywhere and often found myself writing in the front seat of the car while my toddler napped in the backseat. I wasn’t sure where my blog was going at first, but I treated my work like a job- I acted as if it was a paying one, and today that is just what I have.

I started contributing to parenting sites like Babble, Momdotme and Huffington Post. After a while, I landed a part on TLC’s What She Said, a comedy show about motherhood. I have appeared on morning shows such as Home & Family and TODAY as a DIY expert. And I have been hired by brands such as Mott’s and Downy. Bringing in money for my family after such a long stretch without has given me confidence that I didn’t have before and has even contributed to my overall mental health.

Neglecting myself and my creativity took a toll on me. Despite being surrounded by my beautiful family, my world had begun to feel muted. Work brought the color back.

The great thing about Sam’s new book The Pie Life is that it’s up to YOU to define your own “slices” in order to create your happiest life. Life isn’t all about career and kids- there are relationships, health, and hobbies to consider. She breaks it down and includes exercises and worksheets to help you focus on what it is you want out of life and how to get it.

We all have different stories. No one way of living can be a fix-all for everyone. But whether you stay at home or work from home or work out of the home or work upside down on the train… imbalance is something that affects us all and The Pie Life can help!!

Sam gave me 2 copies of The Pie Life and I’m giving one away! Enter to win the rafflecopter below– good luck! Have a beautiful day everyone. xo
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  • Staci Lawrence

    I got choked up reading all you have accomplished in such a short time. Since the day I heard about you from Lisa…something like 15+ years ago?!?!?! I have been inspired by you. “She’s a real go-getter.” She said. I think you had just booked a PacBell commercial – Hawaiian dancing? Am I wrong? Anyway I love you and am proud of you. How exciting that everyone else gets to find out how awesome and inspiring you are too!!!

    • OMG why do these comments not appear to me right away! Thank you for these kind words you wrote 21 days ago!! I love you too, Staci. In fact, you could’ve cut and paste the same thing I wrote about you someone because it’s exactly how I feel about YOU! xo

  • Kate

    As a latecomer to the blog, it’s so nice to hear how you got started. And also, pie. 🙂

    • HAHA! You think YOU’RE a latecomer? Not at all!! We’re just getting started over here! Also, my apologies for not seeing these comments until now. I have some tweaking to do. Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll come back for more and check out my YouTube channel as well, also HomeMadeMimi. xo

  • Dineen Ford

    This book sounds like the theme of my life: finding balance. It seems I am constantly falling off the teeter-totter of my life.

    • Well today is your day, Dineen, because you won the book! I’ve sent you an email and I can’t wait to hear what you think about it! Congratulations!! (BTW I can completely relate to the teeter-tooter analogy. I’m either up or down.)

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