Hi Pamala. Please tell us the name of your blog/website and its significance. How long have you been blogging?
Sadie’s Babies (Sadies-Babies.com) is where I market my handmade cloth diapers, training pants, N’Diji Dolls and many more products for Mommy and baby. The company is named after my grandmother who we affectionately called “Mama Sadie”. I dedicate all that I produce and create to her because she was the one who instilled in me to reach for the stars and once I could grab those, go for the sun!
My Crafty Vegan Life (MyCraftyVeganLife.com) is my blog encompassing my frequent adventures as a work at home mom, vegan/vegetarian, part time fitness buff, and obsessive crafter. This latest endeavor is quite new, just 3 months old, however Sadie’s Babies is approaching its 3rd birthday!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family life.
I am currently a mother of two including our latest addition who we welcomed at the top of August, three if you count my King (husband), KT (lol).
It’s certainly a challenge maintaining motherly/wife/household duties coupled with two growing businesses, but, I just have to affirm to myself that I am achieving the best I can, the best I presently know how. (Luckily, my husband can throw down in the kitchen, cleaning it is another story.)
To achieve a sense of balance, I begin every day with a meditation of thankfulness, abundance and production as well end each day with one of thankfulness and a peaceful, restful sleep. Physical activities like Yoga, ASA! Body Conditioning and African Dance truly aid in releasing stress triggers.
For many, sewing/crafting is a big part of who you are as a person. Why is “creative expression” important to you and how has it affected the quality of your life?
Creativity is never a problem! Manifesting the creativity into physical form is the challenge. I have so many ideas running through my head at any given moment that it can become quite overwhelming to complete it all, sometimes I feel I need another me.
When I was little my mother purchased a journal for me to help articulate how I was feeling on a daily basis. I would scroll through magazines, newspapers and later the internet for images to cut and paste in the pages of this personal outlet. In doing this it was easier to communicate my thoughts and goals. I can now say that simple gesture paid off. In both mothering and professional work (Journalist, B.A. Howard University) I am able to easily create thought provoking activities/interviews for child and adult alike.
Working inside or outside of the home (or running a blog or website on a part to full time basis) can be especially tough because of the difficult choices we have to make with how to divide our time between work and family. Have you ever felt guilty about the choices you’ve made, and what advice would you give to someone struggling with those same types of feelings?
There is always time in the day for personal rejuvenation, whether through meditation, exercise, cooking/baking or other creative release balance is necessary to continue being the super moms we truly are.
Quite bluntly, the choices I make are for my own sanity. I cannot give the best of myself if I feel weighed down from always doing for others.
As for my advice: Yes, the children, family and home are a part of you, however, you existed before it all came to realization. Do not feel guilty, upset or bad about dividing your time between work and family. Give yourself a personal time out and take your space.
If you’ve transitioned from hobbyist to business woman, what made you take the leap? What has been your greatest challenge? What has been your greatest reward?
Shortly after I began sewing diapers in 2010, a close friend took a look at them and quickly placed an order. After juggling the idea in my head for a couple weeks, my husband created the logo and BAM we were in business!
The greatest challenge; exposure, there is so much to keep up with in social media it becomes quite intimidating and tiring to stay up to date with it all.
The greatest reward; constant availability to my children and always having an excuse to sew. Whether my little ones wish to be cuddled, fed, educated, bathed, you name it I am right there for them. On the sewing end, my business offers me a reason to troll local craft stores and the internet in search for a great deal on fabrics and the latest crafting gadgets.
What’s the best mom advice you’ve ever received?
There have been a number of sayings that continually run through my head. Perhaps the best advice I have received thus far is from my husband. He is constantly telling me to take a break. Months after our first child was born I finally listened to him and found I truly needed restful moments throughout the day.
Another piece of advice that proved to be helpful was; “do not start something unless you are going to finish it”. A phrase so simple spanned many an activity from daily lessons, naptime/bedtime, and especially potty training.
In terms of family, career and motherhood, how do you define success?
As long as we keep smiles on our faces and pep in our stride life will continue to be blissful.
It is my life’s goal for my children to know without a doubt in their mind they are loved unconditionally and can return to family regardless of the situation. Knowing my family reserves full trust in me will be my greatest reward.
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A Question for You:
Pamala mentioned journaling as another creative outlet. Outside of sewing/crafting, in what other ways do you express your creativity?