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What keeps you busy in life? The kids. I have no idea how I didn’t get more done before them. I’ve definitely learned what multitasking REALLY means, post kids. Also, my side business, Ames Design Studio (graphic design work), starting to finally blog (something I’d wanted to start since living in Vancouver), taking pictures of the kids, journaling/writing, painting and when my leave is over…work!
Describe yourself in one word? Late…but I’m getting better!
What do you do in you ‘free time’? I love to fill my schedule with play dates, riding bikes, swimming, skating, the gym and hikes with Hike it Baby, but sometimes I need to take a step back for some home time. I’m always surprised what I can accomplish when I have a “home” day. I used to be a bit of a hoarder, but now I’m addicted to purging and organizing. The simple life is just simpler. It’s like a lighter, less to think about life. I also love me some Netflix in the background, batch cooking, painting, writing, gardening, creating, cleaning kinda day.
What is your favourite colour? Denim fa-sho. You’ll usually find me in skinny jeans and buffalo plaid! <3
What is your biggest challenge as a mom? Scheduling. As a single mom, finding any time to do anything: medical appointments (for myself and for the kids), work, ladies nights, shopping, cleaning etc. is tough when you’re handling it all solo. Thank god for grandparents that are willing to step up. Although it doesn’t always work out, and my communication skills could use some work, I’m truly blessed to have grandparents and a great grand parent in PG that are always willing to help out <3
What do you find yourself always saying? 1) Get your feet off of me. 2) Go to your room. 3) Take a bite. 4) Whyyyy? 5) #Momlife
Your biggest piece of advice for new moms? Find YOUR Village! ASAP. It’s seriously so, so important to have social interaction post kids. You can feel like a prisoner in your own home if you don’t get out and talk to some adults! Also, don’t go crazy shopping while pregnant. Most of that stuff you won’t need. Believe me, I spent so much money on buy and sell stuff that we didn’t even use. Specifically the crib and all the bottles (we ended up primarily breastfeeding and co-sleeping).
What keeps you going, day after day? The mom friends in my life. Take this opportunity to reach out and meet some mom friends. They’ll be your friends for life <3 Check out this post on how to make mom friends!
Do you have mom guilt? What’s trips you up the most? Yes, mostly in regards to my separation and judgement arising from that and/or from my discipline techniques.
What is your favourite activity to do with your family? Get out for a hike, to the lake, hang with friends. Our favourite sites in PG are the SFGFRC, Lheidli Tenneh Memorial Park, The YMCA, Exploration Place, Playgrounds Cafe, Duchess Park, The Ancient Forest and Forests for the World.
Where do you spend most of your days with the kids? At the park, the YMCA, the SFGFRC, Exploration Place, the lake or visiting friends.
What’s something we might not know about you? I struggle with deep seeded depression and anxiety.
Where will we find you in 5, 10, 15 years? In Prince George or maybe somewhere more rural in Northern BC, teaching after school art and working running a food truck!
Charlene Marie. She’s been through so much and is standing strong <3
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Through our stories there is strength. There is strength in our union. -Kate