Last weekend, traveled with two local bloggers to Minnesota for Bloggy Boot Camp.
I expected to learn more about blogging success (which I did), laugh hysterically at speakers like fellow Momaha blogger, Danielle Herzog (she definitely had me in stitches), and network until I practically lost my voice (I am rarely at a loss for words).
Although I expected to miss my daughter terribly, I didn’t expect to think about my passion in terms of what I wanted for her as she grows older. Sure, there’s the idea of making oodles of money, but that’s not what I am talking about. I want more for her.
I want my daughter to have everything, and I don’t just mean “stuff”.
I want her to have a family that she is able to eat sit down dinners with and
parents who can take her to dance and library storytime.
I want her to have friends that can come to our house with or without their moms, just so I can see her play and smile.
I want her to say that I was here and that I didn’t miss her moments and milestones.
But I want her to also have passion.
I want her to find what drives her whether it be art or physics, cooking or building.
I want her to see me experience my own passion. Even though she is the one makes me want to be a better person, my intensity is what drives me forward. My enthusiasm is rooted in my love for writing and family.
Focusing on being a mom will make me a better blogger. Putting the phone down and shutting down the computer to have a little “Liv” time will improve my health, my focus, and my passion.
Focusing on my writing will make me a better mom. Showing my daughter that I have a vision and love what I do, both in teaching and writing on my own, will help her understand that she can find her passion and follow her dreams.
I want her to have it all, and I am determined to give it to her, even if that means road tripping with some bloggers once a year while dad does a ballet twirl with her at toddler dance class.
Jen Schneider is a middle school teacher and mom to two children.
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