AND SO IT continues. the NEW CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF WEESTRUCTED, AND YOU’RE INCLUDED. HERE ARE THE STORIES OF MOMS LIKE YOU, AS TOLD BY ONE OF OUR FAVORITES, MARISSA ELLIS. THIS WEEK’S ‘WEE WING IT’ INTERVIEW IS WITH laura lamothe. TAKE A SEAT, MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE IN YOUR ‘MOTHERHOOD WINGING IT” MUG, AND DIVE INTO laura’s Daily life of raising a wee one while working and running an online coaching business! ENJOY
Marissa: Hi Laura! I know kid-free time is limited, so let’s get this bad boy started! Why don’t you start by telling me a little bit about you and your family.
Laura: Sounds good. So I am a 34-year-old mom, and I just recently got married. I also have my amazing little man, Embry, who is four and just started school. He is not so thrilled about school but was super excited to get a stepdad along with both a stepbrother and stepsister. As far as I go, I pretty much run non stop from the ridiculously early time that I get up until about 20 minutes before I fall asleep on the couch every night.
Marissa: What time is this ridiculously early wake up?!
Laura: Oh don’t laugh (or cry)! Weekdays is usually 3:00 and weekends are usually about 5:30.
M: Say what?! I’m not even sure how to react to that honestly. Is it just time to rise and grind or what?
L: Well, basically. When my son was about six months old, his father and I called it quits and it got pretty ugly. So I started working out daily again because that is basically the only thing that I can to that actually keeps all my pieces together when I feel like I am about to fall apart. I also work 6:30 – 3:00 everyday and if I don’t get a workout in when I wake up it doesn’t usually end up happening. I basically just shift my whole day and am tucked into bed by about 9:00… or at least that’s what I shoot for.
M: You go, mama. It’s so important to make ourselves a priority, too. That can be hard to do, but it sounds like you’re killing it.
L: Thanks! I try at least. I even started a little online coaching business to help out others too. It is crazy trying to take care of yourself, your family, and have a career but as mamas we gotta do what we gotta do right?
M: Preach that! Tell me more about your coaching business!
L: It’s actually a lot of fun! I host groups on Facebook or in a challenge app which is pretty cool. I find people who need a little coaching, and it’s usually busy moms, which I love! I do a lot of clean eating groups and give people the tools and tips that I use to stay on track: meal plans, recipes, etc. It is actually crazy how much we skimp on healthy food because it takes up so much time. Drive thrus are so convenient! I do more intense groups and stuff too but I really enjoy the clean eating groups the most.
M: That’s so cool. What a good resource for busy mamas everywhere! I’m sure people get a lot out of that. And you work in addition to this?
L: I sure do! Right now I do scheduling for a stainless steel company
M: Man, I’m impressed. Moms really are the best multitaskers and pretty much live in a state of “Winging It” if you ask me.
L: Tell me about it! I tell everyone two things on a regular basis: 1) I do the best I can with what I’ve got; 2) I’m completely flying by the seat of my pants and winging it pretty much 24/7.
M: Those are pretty solid mottos. What else can we ask for as mamas? Speaking of Winging It, let’s talk about your photo!
L: Ha! That right there pretty much sums up my life! So I had been in the shower and I thought that I had distracted Embry with an episode of A Pup Named Scooby Doo on the iPad, but he still heard the shower I guess. So as I was rising the shampoo out of my hair, I was informed that my shower was over because he needed a bath…. pretty typical in my house. If this kid even senses the water turn, on he’s all over it. So for the next 20 minutes I got to actually enjoy my tea without someone spilling it on me while my hair air-dried (the kid and the dog both hate the blow dryer). This all happened while folding laundry in the hallway so I could still watch the display of toys and “underwater moves” he wanted to show off.
M: Oh man, that is great. I am pretty sure this will also be my life when my boys get a little older. They love the bath!
L: I thought kids were supposed to hate baths but nope they love it! That is another reason I get up so early.
M: But whatever it takes to finish your tea, am I right?
L: That’s right!
M: So, what would you say is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about yourself since becoming a mom?
L: That if I want to be the kind of mom my kid needs and deserves, I have to make time to take care of myself too. That was a really hard one for me to learn but I am so happy that I did.
M: That’s so important! And you’re right, it takes way too long to learn. How do you find balance between working multiple jobs and being a mama?
L: Caffeine, sarcasm, and my husband. I would be lost without those things. Maybe not in that order though.
M: Oh I’m sure the order varies day-to-day, but that’s a solid list. It seems like you’ve found a few different ways to release and get rid of some of the frustration that comes with motherhood. That’s so awesome and we could all learn a thing or two from you!
L: Well thank you!
M: Keep on keeping on! It’s been so nice to chat with you and thanks for loving our little company so much!
L: It has been wonderful chatting with you! Thank you and thanks to you guys for your company! Mamas all over need to know they aren’t the only ones winging it.
M: We couldn’t agree more! Now go enjoy your last half hour before it’s bedtime on the couch
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MARISSA ELLIS IS A WIFE, MOTHER OF TWO (SOON TO BE THREE), AND ALL AROUND AWESOME HUMAN BEING. SHE RESIDES IN DENVER, COLORADO.