Hi! My name is Catrina, and I love being a mom. But it wasn’t always that way. It was a long, lonely road, and it took a lot of work and dedication to find joy, passion, and purpose in motherhood. In talking to other mothers, I have learned that many, if not most mothers have passed through a similar situation, but we have not wanted to talk about it.
Thanks to my amazing husband and two beautiful children, I have learned to passionately love motherhood. That doesn’t mean that I love every minute of it, but I love the fulfillment it gives me, and the amazing lessons that I learn from my smallest angels. This generation really is so special! Because my heart is so full, I feel the desire to help other mothers to also find joy and passion in parenting, and I feel like the best way to do this is for all of us to learn from each other.
While working on this project, I have the opportunity to talk to many other moms and hear their inspiring stories. The amazing thing about this is that each and every one of their stories changes me. I go into each conversation not knowing what to expect, but knowing that because I am talking to a mother about her sacred calling here on earth, that that conversation would bring me a little closer to heaven.
These mothers give me strength, motivation, and inspiration to move on and make the best of this gift that I have been given. They give me a glimpse into a part of their world that I never would have guessed existed. They help me value my place in motherhood, and feel a little more compassion and love for other mothers who are in this with me. My hope is that they will change you as well, and inspire you to share your own story.
My dream is to help mothers who may be struggling to find strength and value in what they are doing and create a network of amazing women who can lean on and learn from one another along the way. Mothers are amazing, strong, powerful forces for good. I would love for us to put the same societal value on mothers as we do on amazing, strong, powerful CEO’s of the world. I believe that by coming together, we can make this change happen.
Photo by Brittni B Photography
Hello! My name is Shannan and motherhood is my jam. I'm the wife of an amazing, kind, patient, funny, and handsome husband. I’m a proud mother of 4 (almost 5, due in September 2019) amazingly energetic, silly, crazy, too smart for their own good children (I'm not biased or anything 😉).
Some girls grow up and wanting to be a mom. Some a lawyer, a baker, or ballerina. I didn't have a strong pull for motherhood. When I was younger, I didn't enjoy babysitting or even little kids for that matter. I always knew I wanted children, but thought I'd take the career driven path and have kids somewhere in mix. Once I got married and my husband and I decided to start our family, I was nervous. When our firstborn arrived, something in my changed or clicked if you will. The moment they placed that little bundle of precious heaven in my arms, I was smitten and told my husband I wanted 15 more.
Fast forward to today and here we are about to have our 5th child and loving the joy and fulfillment motherhood gives me. Please note that my life isn't all cupcakes are rainbows. I have days where I'd like to lock myself in my room for 3 minutes to avoid the messes or not be touched or be able to go to the bathroom by myself without sticky fingers trying to pry open the door. But at the end of the day, when all is said and done, I'd rather have those sticky fingers and cheesy faces smother me to no end.
When Catrina called me one day and told me about her vision for this amazing website, I was in full support. I think this is a wonderful movement and a safe space not just for mothers, but for women everywhere, at any age or stage in their life. The things she's done to promote motherhood, the good, the bad, the ugly, is awe-inspiring and I'm honored to be a part of it. She’s the voice that so many women are scared or nervous to have.
I hope you enjoy the small tidbits I get to share on here and if anything, I hope it makes you smile, relate, or laugh at our crazy, beautiful, messy thing we call life. And please remember, we’re all on this together!
Ain't no hood like motherhood!