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MAMA NEXT DOOR

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

Mama Next Door: Jessica (Zyla) Owusu-Afriyie

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: 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: Maggie Yates
Mama Next Door: Sheena Selvey-Watterson

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! 

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!

To A New Mama From A Mama Who Had Been There: Magda Lasota
Mama Next Door: Mary Beth Mulholland

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: 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: Ericka Webb
Mama Next Door: Briana Beazley

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: Lauren Girardin

Happy Monday, mamas! This week's #MamaNextDoor is Lauren Girardin. Lauren and I met a few year ago in Chicago when I was still an aspiring "influencer" and she owned the... Read More
Mama Next Door: Lauren Girardin
Mama Next Door: Rebecca Stib

Mama Next Door: Rebecca Stib

This week's #MamaNextDoor is Rebecca Stib. Rebecca is a new mom (hello, baby Ethan!) and founder of Nutritious Gifts where she curates thoughtful and healthy gift packages to send loved ones with particular health conditions such as heart disease or cancer. Rebecca and I met via Instagram and I've loved following her journey as a mother and a business owner. 

She is a registered dietitian (R.D.) that practices a whole-food, non-processed food approach to eating. She believes in the power of healthy eating, and that a balanced diet is the key to a long life. However, she is also a foodie who is not shy about eating things we love, including the occasional donut! I can't wait for you to get to know her motherhood journey. 

Mama Next Door: Eraina Ferguson

Eraina Ferguson is a special-needs advocate, journalist, mother of four, and TEDX speaker. Her company, My Good Life, enables families of children with special needs to live their best life... Read More
Mama Next Door: Eraina Ferguson