* Family Breadown of the Week:
When Makeover Momma first started a few years ago, I didn’t want it to be about me. Originally I hoped that Makeover Momma could serve as a resource for busy, budgeted women (much like an online magazine), and I would keep myself secretly on the sidelines. I didn’t want anyone to think that I’m perfect (or worst of all, that I think I’m perfect enough to be bossing everyone around). But as the website developed and I made so many amazing friends along the way, I realized that I wanted to share my struggles, triumphs and losses along the way, because so many of you are brave enough to share yours with me.
If I’m good at anything these days, it’s fantasizing my dreams and goals (Ryan Reynolds included), and hoping they come into fruition. No, I’m not going all “The Secret” on you, but I do have a ridiculously overactive imagination (perhaps induced by too many years of ballet). My ultimate dream over the past few years was to appear on Oprah as an author (after publishing the Makeover Momma book, or one of the many other fictional concoctions I brew up on the side). But since Oprah’s show is nearing it’s end, I am literally losing that dream faster than you can say “Look out Daily Show!” So lately I’ve been envisioning hosting my own show on her brand new project: Your OWN Show.
2010 was a tough year, and I don’t know if there are many of us who are sad to see it go. This past year held a great many struggles for me personally including my husband losing his job to the economy (six months and counting), frantically learning sign language for my little one, various personal losses, and continuing to struggle with the balance between motherhood and financial obligation. To put it bluntly, it was a year of mommy guilt, tremendous stress and striving to help both my children do their best. So what would my show be about? Just that.
Motherhood is so often glamorized in today’s society with shows like Real Housewives or Basketball Wives. I mean really, when was the last time you had a Louboutin laden cat fight over lunch? Children become after thoughts in even my most favorite of TV dramas, appearing once every three episodes if we’re lucky. (Come on guys. Does Kitty Walker even have a son anymore?) But in reality, being a mother should be what our universe revolves around. Being a mother should be messy, hard, exhausting…. but filled with just enough success and beautiful moments of love that we hold onto our sanity for just a minute longer. I’d love to see a show depicting the Real Bloggers of the country. Women who are working hard to give a voice to other moms, to share their stories and journeys with the world….while struggling with the realities of motherhood and life along the way. (Hint: perfect manicures aren’t included).
* Sound Off: What would your OWN show be about?
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