36 stay at home parent
Married, four kids (ages 3, 5, 7, 9)
What does it mean to have it all?
To know who you are and love yourself for the things you do well—for your scars, and the suffering you have gone through. To love yourself, to have joy, to be grateful for your blessings. I am most happy when I am filled with love and surrounded by love. Focused on other people and people that edify me and care for me.
To have gratitude and contentment of self—recognizing we are these amazing beings filled with potential. And that it’s beautiful. There’s an intentional reason for diversity, differences and strengths.
What are your current goals? I am with my kids all day. I am trying to enjoy these little beings I get to be around right now—getting to know them, savoring this time that I know will go by so fast.
In the past year, I’ve been more religious. Being in tune with who I am. Recognizing the parts of me that are divine. Being with people and in places that make me feel closer to God. Love, warmth, a spark, and idea in my head my brain is ignited and curious. Studying religious things right now has ignited that I am a small being. I am one of six billion. And feeling that connection with other people, as well as my path forward, have re-invigorated me. I feel more purpose now in my life than ever before.
Portrait by Marielle Hayes