It’s another Mom Bliss Interview! Here, I feature awesome readers of this blog, who are motivated moms from around the globe! From business owners to bloggers, this feature is meant to inspire you to create your own bliss, a life that works for you.
My guest today is a fellow writer and blogger, Kelli Nelson, whom I “met” online through her blog, The Sweetness of Life. A former corporate-type turned work-at-home mompreneur, Kelli lives in the Midwest with her 18 year-old son and 4 year-old daughter. She’s an advocate for underprivileged children, and is a member of the Global Team of 200, a dedicated, advanced group of digital moms spreading the word about pressing global issues including hunger, maternal health and issues involving children, women and girls via blogging and social media.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life as a mother.
I’m a confessed indulgent mom of two. Don’t get me wrong—I do have rules and expected behaviors for my children. My 18 year-old son is a freshman at Ohio State University and my 4 year-old daughter spends the majority of our days keeping me on my toes. I’m a former corporate-type turned work-at-home mom and I’m just beginning to stretch myself into the world of entrepreneurial writing.
Please tell us the story behind your blog/business.
My blog is my writing playground. I love to write so it just made sense for me to test the waters through blogging.
What kind of moms or women would benefit from your blog/business?
I love the fact that my readership is comprised of supportive, intelligent women in various stages of their lives. I often get dinged on blog evaluations for not writing at the 8th grade level. I can’t bring myself to do that because I know the women supporting my blog and interacting as one community look for more than a simple, mind-numbing run-down of my daily activities.
We love to know how other moms manage their busy days! Tell us: What is a typical day is like for you as a mother/blogger/business owner?
My days begin around 7:00am with a mug of coffee and my laptop. I spend as much time as is possible catching up on email, promoting posts and writing before my daughter wakes. We have breakfast (mine is usually another mug of coffee—heavy on the cream) and complete a reading, writing or math lesson. The day is filled with loads of laundry and household chores crammed in between ballet lessons, play dates, doctors, dentists, visits with my parents, texts or calls back and forth with my son, and other challenges that life and motherhood present.
I try to carve out at least two hours each day to sit down, organize my thoughts, conduct research, and do a bit of writing. After dinner comes bath time, snacks and some TV. It’s common for me to be up into the early morning hours reading and writing.
In a few words (or even a sentence), define what you believe is “mom bliss.”
My mom bliss is that time at the end of each day when I find my children settled for the night and I feel my heart swell further with unconditional love. In that same moment, I remind myself of my strength and that I’m also more than a mom. And I thank God for His gifts.
I believe in embracing life fully, the benefit of daydreaming, and celebrating imperfectionism—because human beings are beautifully flawed. I believe it’s crazy important to be true to yourself, always. – Kelli Nelson, SweetnessOfLife.com
What advice would you give to a new mom entrepreneur, based on your own experiences?
There’s nothing more important than your being true to yourself. Be you. There’s no other path to lasting success.
Connect with Kelli!
Blog/Website: Sweetness of Life & Motherhood
Facebook Fan Page: Sweetness of Life