Recently we had the chance to catch up with Kristin from Our Ordinary Life. We think Kristin has anything but an “ordinary life” as she juggles being a mom to two adorable girls and being a full-time student!
Your life doesn’t seem to “fit” your blog name “Our Ordinary Life.” You are a mom to a toddler and a newborn and you are a full time college student. That’s a lot to fit into 24 hours. How do you balance it all?
I have a lot of help. Luckily my husband Del is very supportive. He’s my real secret to managing it all. Although my life is pretty ordinary, we like simple things and a lot of family time. My dream of finishing college doesn’t really take away from my family. When I’m not home Del is. Don’t get me wrong, some days aren’t easy but that’s life – as ordinary as it is.
How would you say your life as a mom has impacted your style of learning in college & how you approach your degree?
I didn’t really notice the change until last term. I took a public speaking class and we were asked to address certain topics. Right away I noticed that every topic I picked had to do with my children – my future dreams and wishes for them. Without realizing it I take my family into every situation I am in, whether that is a classroom or not. My style of learning is cramming. I guess I’m so used to cramming everything in so it works for me. Most days anyway!
When do you graduate and what do you plan to do after graduation?
I just want to live the dream & have a career that I love. I hope to get an internship at a local public relations firm. I entered college not knowing what I wanted to do, but my blog quickly guided my decision. I like promoting products and coming up with new ideas. I started my blog before public relation firms started massively approaching bloggers. I was the one who taught other bloggers that we were considered press. Behind the scenes I gave away all the secrets, but I’ve learned so much and continue to learn. I like sharing my solutions with others. I hope to take my experiences with my blog and social media into my career.
We are sure you have had your ups and downs as you struggle to keep up with college work, raise your children and keep your house in order. With all these challenges, what has been your greatest joy of motherhood?
Watching my children grow. As sad as it is to see them grow so fast it’s such a rewarding experience. Brooklin, my youngest is now at the age where she is really getting into everything. I just love this age, and my oldest Kaila is all about being the big sister. Watching them together has to be my greatest joy.
Have you had an “Ah-ha” mom moment that you can share with us?
The day I realized I didn’t know it all. That my parenting is not perfect, and I don’t know all the answers. Realizing that in many ways has helped me to relax as a mother; my children have more fun and I do too.
Any advice to fellow moms and dads who may be in your situation of juggling studies and parenthood?
Have support. My husband picks up the vacuum and takes the kids out of the house. I don’t have to tell him or beg for his help. We just work together and that works for us. I guess that pertains to more than just studies, but really without all the help I couldn’t do it all.
Now for a quick glance into Kristin’s life.
What’s the one thing that never gets checked off your “to do” list?
My inbox and desktop. It’s always a mess! I am very unorganized so my email and desktop reflect that.
If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it?
I’d spend time online commenting. It’s so important to connect with others online and sadly I don’t do it enough. I’m not so much of a girly girl and I don’t waste money, so things like spa days just are not me. The spa just wouldn’t be something I would do. I swear, it seems like every time I sit down to read a blog someone needs something. I’d totally like to spend my day connecting with others!
What is your favorite time of day?
I’m going to do the traditional mommy answer…nighttime! Del and I just hang out alone in the quiet. We often work on things together and I like it. It’s so important for parents to get time together with no children. That’s our time!
What’s your favorite “no-fuss” meal that you fall back on when things are really hectic?
Pizza! I love pizza, my children love pizza. Del stands it because we like it so much. Pizza is just always a win, win.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Soda! It’s such a bad habit, but it’s my thing. I’ve really tried to not buy any, but just one Coke a day. Like I said – it’s my thing.
Thanks Kristin. We enjoyed getting to know you more!