Name: Jamie Martin
Location: New England, USA
Website: Steady Mom
Kids: Trishna (age 6), Jonathan (age 5.5), and Elijah (age 5)
Jamie is the mom of three kids born on three different continents, the editor of the blog Simple Homeschool, and the author of a new book, Steady Days. We find so much inspiration at her site, from organization and cleaning to good books or easy lunches for kids. But if we had to sum up one thing we love about Jamie's blog, it's honesty. In her own words, she presents "both the joy I find in my children, as well as the reality of life's big and little challenges along the way."
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I've been blogging for almost a year and a half. I had been writing my book, Steady Days, for about a year (and was nowhere close to being finished!). I wanted to find a way to connect with other like-minded mothers and my husband suggested I start a blog. I wasn't sure I could devote time to writing both a book and a blog, but I figured I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did--I've met so many kindred-spirits and developed so many connections.
I love blogging so much that I started writing another one--earlier this year I had the honor of becoming editor of the blog Simple Homeschool, whose tagline is "never let your schooling interrupt your education." It has been a fabulous experience and I've learned so much along the way.
Tell us about the blog and your favorite things to post on?
Both my book and my blog Steady Mom are about the journey toward what I call "intentional, professional motherhood." My goal is to help moms like me who want to create a mindful atmosphere in their homes and with their children. Mothers today juggle so much--multiple jobs, children, hobbies, day-to-day home management, and more. I hope to offer some ideas and inspiration mothers need to nurture their children and enjoy deeper relationships in their families.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
One of the first blogs I discovered was the lovely Simple Mom. I love Tsh's straightforward, practical advice about life at home. That's why I'm so thankful to be partnering with her over at Simple Homeschool. Three other blogs are also part of our Simple Living Media network and I read every one of them daily: Simple Bites, Simple Kids, and Simple Organic. I need the constant reminders to focus on the important and let go of the rest.
We love how you integrate the backgrounds/countries of your children and celebrate them. Any other tips for adoptive parents?
Yes, I am blessed to be the mama of three children born on three different continents. I love the diversity and global-mindedness of our family and I really believe it's a mindset any family can enjoy, whether or not you have an adoptive family. Look for ways you can integrate other cultures into your lives--through books, food, flags, music, travel, and so on. The world is such a fascinating place and children love to learn about it.
What have been some of your favorite projects/activities?
We live in an older New England home, so we've spent much of our first few years here renovating parts of the house. It's exciting to see it all come together over time and truly become "ours." Our next home project in the works is renovating our daughter's bedroom. She just graduated to a bedroom "of her very own" after sharing for several years. We painted it orange, based on one of the colors from the Indian flag, while we were eagerly waiting for her to join our family. She's excited to pick out furniture and decorate it in her own unique, six-year-old style.
We really appreciate the honest inspiration we find on your blog. You're never trying to be someone you're not, and you keep things at home simple, and are able to laugh at yourself. Could you sum up your basic philosophy on parenting and being in the home?
I see that many mamas struggle with guilt about not being able to "do it all." But doing it all is a myth to begin with. I hope my blog exposes that myth for what it is and allows moms to enjoy the unique strengths they have to offer their children. For myself, I don't want to just get through the busy days with three little ones at home. I want to relish the highs and navigate the lows--to really drink the full cup of all life has to teach me in this season. And that's what I also want for my readers.
And that's really what you'll find at Steady Mom. It's a great place to visit if you're feeling overwhelmed and need to refocus on what's important. We can't wait to get our hands on a copy of her book. Her book (plus a hair cut!) is going to be my Mother's Day present to myself!
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