I have a confession: I’ve never really liked Mother’s Day. Even becoming a mother, as horrible as that sounds, didn’t make me fall in love with this Hallmark Holiday. For reasons that I don’t share too often, because they just seem unnecessary as I prefer not to dwell on the past, but I feel the need to spill… a little.
Today I had an epiphany that could best be described as one of those Oprah-esque light bulb moments. I was at the grocery store and it was full of people picking up cards, cakes, flowers, etc. all to celebrate the mothers in their lives. And I thought, well that’s one thing I don’t have to do, because my relationship with my own mother is non-existent, and it was my choice to end it. It took years of struggling in an unhealthy relationship to come to that decision, but it has turned out to be one of the best ones I could have made for myself and my family. Today I realized was that just about the time that I ended that relationship, I started something new – MamaPear Designs. I didn’t plan the timing to work out as it did, but looking back with almost two years perspective, I see now that the timing was perfect. I started this company as a way to uplift, support, celebrate and encourage mothers in their breastfeeding journeys. Doing so has given me so much joy and I often tell people that I am so thankful for what I do. Mothers and their babies are my passion, and helping them become empowered makes me happy! When I realized this, I immediately thought, “That’s it! I can celebrate tomorrow with joy!” I love being a mother, I think if you follow me that goes without saying, but I take such great joy in knowing other mothers like you, that it really just makes this journey all the more rewarding for me.
So for anyone who has taken the time to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or has supported my store by wearing a MamaPear Designs t-shirt, or has clothed their baby in a onesie with my idea on it – THANK YOU! I do this because you inspire me and I am thankful that you share your journey with me!