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MAMA NEXT DOOR

A collection of thoughts, by moms, for moms. We're all in this together.

Mama Next Door: Vincia Addams

Mama Next Door: Vincia Addams

My absolute dream version of motherhood is based in community and support.  A society where mothers can share their triumphs and struggles openly without judgement.  It includes raising loving, genuine, and kind tiny humans that make the world better. The opportunity to show them firsthand what that type of person looks like. It also includes lots of baby snuggles, giggles and less biting of the milkies.

Mama Next Door: Jeannie Marrugo

If you would have talked to the Jeannie of 2008, she would have said she is moving away to a big city, working her life away and never marrying and having kids. Well, a few years later, I met my Venezuelan hubby and the rest is history. From the moment my daughter was laid on my chest, life has never been the same. You could say my family has made me a bit more human. I used to think life was all about working, which also defined how successful you are, but I have learned that success comes in many shapes and forms.
Mama Next Door: Jeannie Marrugo
Mama Next Door: Lilani Dunn

Mama Next Door: Lilani Dunn

I'm going to take a bit of a risk with an unpopular opinion but I have found myself being frustrated at some of the enabling of "Mommy Life" stereotypes. From tone deaf memes, to terrible targeted ads received on my IG feed, or comments about why/how I forgot where I put my sunglasses. (Spoiler Alert: I used to lose my sunglasses before "pregnancy brain"). This might be idealistic but if a little more couth, sensitivity, awareness made about what we hit "post" on, maybe more positivity will be absorbed, fewer triggers touched, and empathy/sympathy can be expressed and received versus labeling ourselves as "run-down, forgetful, reality-TV show watching mombies". Not that there's anything wrong with those things, women are just way more dynamic than that

Mama Next Door: Jessica (Zyla) Owusu-Afriyie

Since becoming a mother, I have achieved some of my most major career goals. I became a business owner after becoming a mom. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time. Suddenly, it made the most sense to pursue. I was fortunate enough to have the support of my husband to take the risk in building my own company, Suite Creative Studio. Now, while I work a ton, I feel so good about the work I do. It has allowed me to build fashion brands that I feel great about!
Mama Next Door: Jessica (Zyla) Owusu-Afriyie
Mama Next Door: Maggie Yates

Mama Next Door: Maggie Yates

We homeschool and dream motherhood for me looks like lots of time reading, exploring the outdoors, crafting and creating alongside my boys. At the same time, I still am passionate about the work I am privileged to do outside the home and so motherhood also indirectly means getting to pour some of what I’ve learned as a mother into helping other parents and children through my work. Balancing those two pulls is often (read: always) in flux but I’m so thankful and pretty astounded I get to do both.

Mama Next Door: Sheena Selvey-Watterson

Happy Thursday, Mamas! This week's #MamaNextDoor is Sheena Selvey-Watterson. Sheena is a mama of two little boys, wife and a BRCA2+ previvor. A previvor is a survivor of predisposition or increased risk for a disease such a cancerAngelina Jolie is a famous previvor. On her blog Diapers and Passports, Sheena shares her passion for breast and ovarian cancer research and support, as well as her family's adventures and lifestyle. I hope you'll love getting to know this incredibly brave and inspiring Chicago mama! 
Mama Next Door: Sheena Selvey-Watterson
To A New Mama From A Mama Who Had Been There: Magda Lasota

To A New Mama From A Mama Who Had Been There: Magda Lasota

In the first #MamaNextDoor post of 2021, I'm sharing my answers to a different set of questions, from the time when my boys were younger, and being a mother 24/7 felt like a struggle. So much has changed, yet it all feels very much like a part of the same book. I've learned that there are seasons in motherhood and I've stopped letting the society dictate what each season should look like for my family.

If you are a new mama in the trenches of motherhood, I hope you'll walk away feeling empowered, seen and filled with renewed confidence in your choices. Here's to hoping that 2021 will bring many more inspiring voices and stories from women just like you and me!

Mama Next Door: Mary Beth Mulholland

I loved my life before becoming a mother, and I love my life now as a mom. As I've gotten older, I've realized I can honor each version of myself — and they can co-exist. Motherhood has been one of those important evolutions to who I am. Before I was a mom, I was the marketing director at Chicago Public Library. Nearly simultaneously, I became a mom and an entrepreneur. The biggest changes I've seen in myself since becoming a mom and running and business are more humility and an openness to learn and grow.
Mama Next Door: Mary Beth Mulholland
Mama Next Door: Ericka Webb

Mama Next Door: Ericka Webb

This week's #MamaNextDoor is Ericka Webb of Sinking Heels of Motherhood. She's a doctoral candidate, motherhood journalist, coach and a mama of five, with baby number six on the way!... Read More

Mama Next Door: Briana Beazley

Happy new week, mamas! I'm so excited to introduce this week's #MamaNextDoor—Briana Beazley. Bri and I met a few months ago during our last in person event celebrating International Women's Day in... Read More
Mama Next Door: Briana Beazley