Remember what we used to think parenting would be like, before we had kids? I personally envisioned sitting on a park bench, sipping my extra foamy latte in cute flats, with a trendy diaper bag sitting beside me. I’d watch my kids swirl down bright blue slides, wearing adorable onesies with a matching flower bow. It would be nothing short of a dream, all day, every day.
Then I had my two kids. Let’s just say, I was off a bit. While there are brief moments that feel like my motherhood vision, most days are way messier, louder, and chaotic than I ever thought possible. But not necessarily worse, just different. I’ve grown deeper, and stronger, than I ever thought possible through this journey we call motherhood. I may be wearing last year’s worn-out sneakers, and I’m definitely not sitting when we are at the park--I’m cleaning wet butts from the dirty slide, picking up my not so perfect diaper bag that spilled everywhere, and yelling at one kid to stop climbing the light post. But I’m also enjoying my kids, chasing them around pretending to be the tickle monster, laughing with them, and picking them up for a hug when they wipe out. That’s real motherhood.
I built my company for all the women living through their own similar journeys with me. From finding the strength to endure miscarriage, to the deep darkness of postpartum anxiety. Through sleepless nights and a number of physical and mental challenges I never even knew existed.
I discovered my true calling to make meaningful jewelry for mothers when I myself hit my lowest point: as a stressed-out teacher working 12 hour days to serve underprivileged children, my body finally started shutting down, reflecting the tremendous stress I was under. I stopped being able to nurse my five-month-old, and that’s when I knew I needed a change, and that my calling wasn’t in being a frazzled, at-my-wit’s-end mom through these tough but precious years.
I utilize the power and meanings of gemstones to design pieces that honor the most joyous and raw parts of motherhood. When you purchase personalized Tough as a Mother pieces, you quietly unite with mothers across the world through our common bond. Our trials and triumphs through our motherhood journeys become shared experiences with each other, each of us silently cheering the others on. Whether you are buying for yourself, a first-time mom just embarking on her motherhood journey, or a third-time mom choosing hope as she carries her rainbow baby, you are in the right place.
You are strong, beautiful and tough as a mother. Let’s honor your journey.