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You may have noticed that I’ve been distant lately. I really don’t mean to be. It’s not personal. And I mean this when I say this, it’s not you, it’s me. Since finding out I would become the next Verity Mom, lots has happened. All good stuff! But it’s resulted in me not posting on this blog as often. When I began this journey, I knew I would have to make some sacrifices, one of them most likely being that my personal blog would suffer a bit. So if you’re feeling lonely and a little abandoned lately, now you know why.
But there is good news! Although I won’t be able to post as often on my personal blog, I will be blogging often for the Verity Mom site. Much of the content will be similar since my job is to blog about being a mom — just like I do here! So over the next year, if you feel you need to connect a little more with me, and I hope you do, follow me as the Verity Mom. I’ll be on all the cool social media sites like I am now. I am looking forward to my new journey and look forward to connecting with and learning from other moms, grandmas, aunts, dads, grandpas, and uncles, and anyone else who wants to connect! No one is excluded and everyone is welcome.
So please come join me!
This has been the longest, most intense interview process I’ve ever experienced. I started this process mid-September and just found out yesterday that I will take the reigns as the next Verity Mom! I’ve said from the beginning that this would be a dream come true, and I’m here to tell you, I’m either dreaming, or I’m about to live out a dream. If I’m dreaming, please don’t wake me because I’m just too excited for it to end!
This whole process started out 2 months ago with 35 applicants, then narrowed down to 15, then the top 3, and just yesterday, it was announced I would take over for the next year to represent Seattle area moms and Verity Credit Union as the next Verity Mom. During this entire process I learned a lot about myself, what I thought were my limits and going beyond, and also a whole lotta ’bout some amazing people in my life.
I also learned what an amazing organization Verity Credit Union is. I came fresh off working for a large corporation for eight years submersed into a corporate mentality of sink or swim and forgot how awesome companies who genuinely care about their employees can be. There are many amazing and motivating companies out there. I am so glad to be back with one where the energy is felt from the minute you walk in the door, to each person you meet who works there, to the extraordinary vision it has giving Moms a voice and platform to represent other moms. Go Moms!
I am lucky and fortunate enough to be that person. What a privilege, honor, and great responsibility I have. I look forward to this challenge and can’t wait to share it with all of you. Thank you for joining me in this journey! Good things are coming our way.
How many times have you asked yourself, am I a good mom? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my abilities as a mom. After getting laid off I can no longer include my occupation in my self-identity. I now must rely on my abilities to be a good mom, loving and devoted wife, supportive friend, and positive contributor to society in whatever way I can. And unfortunately, I also feel like I must up my housekeeping skills since I can no longer blame my job for taking me away from them. Ah yes, the joys — and pressure — of being a stay-at-home mom.
For the first time in almost 17 years I find myself in a new role of being a stay-at-home mom. I’ve never had the desire or privilege to dedicate my focus and identity to solely being a stay-at-home mom. I felt working from home for the past 8 years made me a semi stay-at-home mom since I could still take my kids to school, pick them up, and sneak away to do mom-essential duties of taking kids to appointments and volunteering occasionally in their school. Plus I didn’t spend hours each week away from them to commute to and from my job. I had the perfect balance. Or so I thought.
So now that I’m in-between jobs, I’ve been forced to look in the proverbial mirror more and ask myself if I’m the type of mom I want to be. Plus being up for the next Verity Mom, I of course question if I am the kind of mom that can and should represent other moms. If I have my own self-doubts of my ability to be a good mom, does that make me not qualified?
I watched a video online the other day that is going viral that shows moms being interviewed about their parenting (prepare yourself, it’s a tear jerker!). Most of the moms stated all the negatives they see in their parenting and the things they wished they were better at. After all the moms were interviewed, they sat each of them down to watch the videos of what their kids said about them. The kids listed all the positive things about their moms and all the reasons why they loved their moms. To watch the moms’ reactions to all the amazing things their children were saying about them just reconfirms every mom’s existence once becoming a mom — to know our kids know how much we love them. It’s to hear that even though we may not be perfect, we are perfect for them. Even through all the doubts we have of our ability to be a good mom, our kids love us unconditionally. They don’t focus on all the negatives. So why then, as moms, do we?
Yes I question my parenting abilities. Daily. But I think it’s important to stop doubting ourselves. Stop the constant negative commentary going on upstairs about our abilities and focus on being the mom our kids already think we are. Our kids deserve more and so do we. And to answer the question if I’m the type of mom that can represent other moms, my answer is officially yes. I’m just as imperfect, vulnerable, and filled with self-doubt as any other mom out there. But my kids know I love them so I must be doing something right.
It doesn’t matter how you follow me, just follow me!
The applications, videos, blog submissions, and votes are in from the top 15. The Verity Mom Meet-Up is over (and was amazing by the way), and the Verity Mom Team has made their decision. The top 3 have been decided upon, and lucky me, I’m one of them! It’s been a long process — I submitted my application on September 3rd! — and it’s still not over. But I would have to say the hardest part is behind me. It started out with 35 amazing moms, then narrowed down to 15, and now down to the final 3. I feel lucky to have been a part of such an unbelievable journey with all 35 moms, let alone end up in the top 3.
I woke up at 5:00am yesterday morning anxiously awaiting Verity’s decision on who they selected for the final 3, as were all the final 15 candidates. We spent several hours on Monday at Verity Credit Union’s headquarters in North Seattle meeting with the final 15 candidates and the incredible Verity Credit Union team. And when I say incredible, I mean incredible. From the moment you walk in their doors to each moment we spent during the intense “stations” and camaraderie-filled break room conversations, we were treated with enthusiasm, excitement, and the genuine respect you can’t fake or force — it’s something that emanates from people who are genuinely happy with where they work. This is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about this organization.
Being in the top 3 leaves me with mixed emotions including pride, excitement, determination and a little bit of sadness. I know how much I want this opportunity and the hours I’ve spent dedicating myself so that I represented the best possible me I could. But I know each of the top 15 put just as much of themselves into this opportunity hoping for the same result. So with that I feel sadness. I am proud of the company I held, and still do with the final 3.
But now that it’s down to 3, I need your votes! In case you need some reasons to vote for me, I put together a video of the reasons why I would make the best Verity Mom and why you should vote for me.
If you didn’t already know, I made it to the top 15 of the Verity Mom Contest. Yay! I finished my final blog post and video submission on Monday and submitted it yesterday to Verity Credit Union. Can I get a hallelujah? I put everything I had into that video — from the videoing itself down to the editing and music. I think I could pretty much do a blockbuster movie now. I’m thinking about collaborating with Steven Spielberg. I haven’t gotten back to him so not sure yet.
Okay, maybe I’m not quite ready for blockbuster movies, but I do enjoy doing video editing. It’s like a piece of art you can put your artistic spin on and mold into what you envisioned it to be. I also learned a bit about compromise. You don’t always get the exact footage you pictured, and you learn to adjust, and maybe cut out a few clips here and there. I also learned that after 3 days of filming with 4 kids and a husband in 6 different locations while PMSing, isn’t always the most pleasant experience. Mostly for them. But we all survived and it’s done!
The next step is for the top 15 finalists to head down to Verity’s corporate headquarters in Seattle on Monday for a Mom Meet-Up. We’ll spend two and a half hours meeting each other, eating lunch, and doing interactive activities so that Verity can get to know each of us. They will choose their top 3 to go to the final round based on our final video, blog post, and the Mom Meet-Up. If I make it to the top 3 I will count on all my friends, family, and anyone else to cast their vote for me. I apologize now for the social media blast coming your way if I make the top 3.
So here’s my final video… Enjoy!
It doesn’t matter how you follow me, just follow me!
Today is the day! Voting begins to vote for me to be the next Verity Mom Blogger. Verity Credit Union rolled out the first Verity Mom contest 4 years ago. If you think about it, it’s actually a brilliant marketing tactic to spread the word about their offerings and services as a credit union. They hire a “mom” to blog for them via video and type on being a mom, promoting Verity’s services, and providing financial tips on cost-effective measures we can take, most of which is done through social media. Sign me up! I’m their gal.
If you haven’t seen my video and blog application, you can check it out here. There are 35 entries, mine included. Voting starts today, October 7th at noon PST, and runs through October 14th noon PST. Each person can vote one time per email. The top 15 go to the next round (yes I will be asking for your votes again if I make it to the 3rd round – thanks in advance!).
I thought I would make it easy on all of you and put together this video with some helpful tips and reminders on helping me get votes!
Thank you for voting and sharing!!
So here I go… putting myself out there. Making myself vulnerable. Going after something I am so absolutely passionate about but at the same time doubting my abilities of accomplishing it. You know that feeling? Wanting something so badly that it makes you queasy with excitement but also feel nauseous with the notion you might not succeed. Oh, is that just me?
Well I’m in that moment. I am in a vulnerable state of not sure of what I’m doing, but also so driven with the vision that nothing can stop me, but also paralyzed by not being able to accomplish it. Again, is that just me?
I’ve told pretty much anyone when asked what would make me happy career-wise, and passion-wise, it’s to write. I’ve written a newsletter for family and friends, resumes and cover letters, newsletters professionally, contemplated writing a book, and most recently I’ve been writing my blog. When I sit down to write my blog I get excited, feel empowered, feel alive, validated, and important. Why does writing 500-600 words a week about my life and family provide all these amazing affirmations? Because I love it. I love everything about it. I love to write, and I especially love to write about my family.
So today a friend texts me about this new blogger opportunity that came open. I’ve read and followed this blog in the past. There have been two so far and the reigns are being passed on for a third time. What I wouldn’t do to have this opportunity. I know I would be great. I know I would represent this organization well. So I did the unthinkable (unthinkable only in my mind) and I recorded and edited a video and submitted my application for consideration.
I put myself out there. And for some odd reason, I’m not completely terrified. I am not one who likes to be on video putting myself out there. At least not until now. Something about this new opportunity speaks to me like I’ve never felt before. Ever feel like you are compelled beyond something outside of you and you look at what you’re doing and have no idea where this inner strength came from? It’s as if it wasn’t you who is accomplishing this tremendous feat, but it really is. I have these moments from time to time. I don’t plan them nor can I predict them. All of a sudden my self goes into autopilot and what I can accomplish amazes me. Is that just me?
Well here I am. Putting myself out there. Even on video! And I will admit, if it doesn’t work out, I will be bummed. But I’m proud of myself nevertheless. I’m proud of my feat, autopilot or not. Here’s to those rare moments where you go for it and don’t look back. Here’s to living outside your comfort zone. Here’s to hoping it’s not just me. #veritymom