Can you guess what day it is today?
Is Friday your answer?
Well, you’re right and it’s time to link-up for Let’s BEE Friends and meet my featured blogger.
1. I ask that you follow me.
2. Grab the button from the sidebar and include it in your post.
3. Link up your favourite post from the week. (no giveaways please)
4. Visit other bloggers who have linked up. Follow who you like.
5. Spread the honey by leaving them some sweet old ♥ comment love ♥ !
The linky can be found at the bottom of this post and will be kept open all weekend!
Today’s featured blogger is non other than Natalie from Life on the Mama Track. If you’re not already her friend, you should definitely introduce yourself to her on Twitter where she’s known as @MamaTrack. You can also just visit her blog and see how wonderfully sweet and smart she is.
Natalie was recently featured over at Just Be Enough with her story titled, Embracing Our Realities, where she talks about Mom Guilt.
After having her son, Natalie returned to the work force only to realize it wasn’t where she wanted to be. “After a lot of sole searching, she decided to stay home with her son and practice law on a part-time basis“.
She hasn’t looked back since.
Let’s get to know Natalie a little more …
1. Besides blogging and being a Mom, what else do you do? Please share.
You mean there’s something besides being a blogger and a Mom? Really? I thought that was all there is.
No, seriously, I’m also a lawyer. I work part-time (about 10 hours a week) for the same firm I’ve been with for most of my career. Before my son was born, I was preparing to make partner at that firm. Now that dream is on hold, and I work almost exclusively from home, while my son is asleep.
2. Tell us about your family? Spouse. Kids.
I’m married to a wonderful man, another lawyer who also happens to be a former dude rancher, substitute teacher, landscaper, cow milker and member of the U.S. military. We have one son, a 26 month old who is active and adventurous. And talkative. He says completely zany things and is very sweet, with a pure heart.
My husband and I are expecting our second baby in late November. And, no, we don’t know this baby’s gender. After finding out our son’s gender, we thought this would be a once in a lifetime surprise.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we have two little terriers. They are absolutely adorable and have no discipline whatsoever. They weigh about 15 pounds each, and it is my son’s deepest desire to ride them like ponies.
3. When did you begin blogging and why? What was the inspiration behind the name for your blog?
I started blogging in March of this year. I was looking for a place to express myself and to chronicle my adventures with my son.
The inspiration behind my blog’s name, Life on the Mama Track (or Mama Track, for short) relates to my progression from a lawyer on the partner track to my work-at-home status. I really struggled with my decision—I felt like it was against everything I believed in—but I hated being away from my son more. Finally, after a lot of agonizing, I put my ambitions away and made the decision to “mommy track” my career. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
4. I heard, through the grapevine, that you attended a very prestigious university. Tell us where you went and what it was like being a student there.
I went to Harvard Law School and loved it. I met many of my best friends there and learned a lot. It was such an eye-opening and exciting time in my life—we felt like we would change the world and could do anything.
The funny thing is that, before I started blogging, I never discussed where I went to law school in personal conversations. Obviously, it’s a great thing professionally. But people have a certain set of expectations about what a Harvard lawyer is like, and it isn’t always positive. Because of that, I generally steered clear of it in my personal relationships.
But when I started Life on the Mama Track, I realized it was a huge part of my story. I worked really hard to build my career, and I think it helps people understand why the decision to walk away was so hard for me. It’s part of who I am.
5. What have you learned and enjoyed the most from being a blogging Mommy?
I love the camaraderie of mom bloggers. It’s like having a whole sisterhood there to hold your hand when you need it and cheer when you succeed. And, like any sisterhood, they are full of helpful advice.
6. If we were to peek into your bedroom, what items would we find on your bedside night table?
An elephant lamp (LOVE it), a broken alarm clock (who needs a working alarm clock when you have a toddler?), a baby monitor (to catch my son before he embarks on his adventures), and my iPhone charger (horrible feng shui but I can’t live without the thing).
I used to have books there. But what mom has time to read books for pleasure?
7. What is the #1 thing that attracted you to your spouse? What would HE say is the #1 thing about you that he found attractive when you first met?
So I met my husband at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. And actually, what attracted me to him was that he was cute. But he was talking to my friend first, so I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to him. Until he shared his yard of beer with me. And then he helped me find a bathroom. What more is there?
I think what attracted him to me was my pink feather boa. I mean, seriously, what man doesn’t like a woman wearing a pink feather boa?
8. Are you a casual yoga-wearing, pony-tail sporting Mom OR are you a follow-all-the-trends and dress-up more Mama? Explain.
I think there’s a place for both. As a pregnant mama, I’m definitely casual more often than not. But otherwise, I do make an effort to wear trendy clothes and shoes.
9. What is your favourite, all-time movie ever? Same question for a fiction book you’ve read. In the past or in the present.
Honestly? I love 50 First Dates. It’s such a happy romantic comedy. And completely ridiculous.
My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I have a degree in English literature, and I’m a nut about 19th century British lit. I also adore the Harry Potter series.
10. Who, in the entire world, could you say you admire and why?
My mom. She’s awesome. She is completely selfless and loves her children with everything she has. And she’s a mean cook.
Bonus: If there was one thing you were given the power to change about government, locally or world, what would that one thing be? Explain.
This is a tricky one because I live in Washington, D.C., and there’s a lot I would change. But if I have to pick one? In the U.S., I’d like to see more government support of families. For instance, our family leave is nothing like that of Canada or much of the developed world. There are lots of companies that don’t offer ANY paid maternity leave. If we supported families and moms more, I think our whole society would be stronger.