• Being Mama

    What is a mom?

    What is a mom? If you look up ‘mother’ and ‘mom’ you get definitions like this: The top definition on Urban Dictionary for Mom is: The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else.  Merriam Webster defines mother in a few ways: A female parent/woman in authority – Source, origin – Maternal tenderness or affection From where I stand, in my mom shoes, I feel very conflicted about the all too apparent difference in these two definitions. One is the origin of the word and the others is (basically) society’s expectation of me. My…

  • Who Am I

    Representation Matters So Damn Much

    Since becoming a mother myself, my eyes were immediately opened to the importance of representation. I can’t say why it was such a strong realization, it might partly be because it is something I realized I lacked growing up. Or it was just something that rushed into my life along with all the love and emotions that come when you meet a piece of your own heart. I’ve always been inspired by my son and his ability to be SO comfortable in his skin. He has pushed me to put away the straightener and embrace the hairs on my head. He prepared me for a move I made largely for…

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