Hi there! I’m Mary! Or as my mother calls me, Mary Elizabeth. As I was contemplating beginning a blog I kept trying to think of a name. Everything sounded cheesy or just completely not me. But as I was swinging my sweet baby boy on our patio swing this afternoon it came to me. The Journey of a Millennial Mom. I’ve always hated being referred to as a millennial. Probably because it usually has a derogatory affiliation. Not to mention I’ve always felt like an old soul and have a very traditional view on life. However, as I began to think about it a little more I’m so blessed to be a mama raising her babies during this age. An age where we can openly discuss the struggles that come along with being a mama. An age where other mamas reach out and support one another. No doubt my mom and grandmothers were rockstar mamas. All three of them were working moms and raised beautiful families. The difference between being a mama now versus being a mama back then is substantial. There are many differences in becoming a mama 30 years ago to today. My first two years as a mama, I struggled. I struggled to put on a smile and show everyone I was just fine. No, that I was more than fine–I was GREAT! Except I wasn’t. I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety (we will discuss that later!). But I couldn’t tell anyone. No one else was struggling, were they? My mom didn’t struggle, did she? My grandmothers? Of course not! Right? WRONG. Everyone struggles. The best thing I’ve ever done is to share my struggles as a mother with other mamas. Not only has it freed me of my shame and doubts but it has given me the platform to encourage and support other mamas. And that, my friend, is what makes my heart so happy! As the late Gordon Hinckley once said, “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.” That is why I began this blog. Because of the mamas who are looking for a cheerleader, a shoulder, or an encourager. Because of the mamas who need a reminder that we are so blessed to be raising babies during this day. I’m so happy you are here with me for the Journey of a Millennial Mom.