I have a friend that takes the term stay at home mom to an entirely new level. Meet Tammy. Our children were in the same preschool class last year. When I picked my son up from a playdate last year, he ran straight into Tammy’s office to show me. “Mom,” he shouted with excitement, “this is where the Baby Jade blankets are born.” I was floored. My son has a Baby Jade blanket that was a gift from a friend. It’s soft and bright and quickly became his absolute favorite ever. Imagine his sheer astonishment when he walked into a room filled from floor to ceiling with beautiful blankets. It was heaven on Earth.
I knew that Tammy made blankets, but I didn’t realize how many she made. She really is Wonder Woman. She is an amazing cook (her salmon is divine and she literally whipped it up in seconds), makes a mean cup of coffee, raises her kids and oh yes, in her free time, she sews blankets, and lots and lots of them.
I talked to her about how it all started. She tells me that she is picky. When her daughter Jade was born, she started sewing clothing for her. She was completely self taught. You see, Tammy grew up in the jungles of Vietnam. This is a self-made woman, if I’ve ever met one. Clothes turned into signature blankets that she began gifting to friends. When she couldn’t sleep (and apparently Tammy doesn’t need much sleep at all), she began to sew…and sew, and sew. Basically, she hasn’t stopped.
If you are a stay at home mom and you are passionate and creative (I know you are!), you’ve got to jump in the water. If you love to write, start jotting down your thoughts. You never know. It could be the next great American novel. If you are an artist (Dinah, my dear friend, I’m talking to you!), you need to go back to painting. Everyone needs an outlet.
Young children are exhausting. I remember when my kids were young and my dear husband would literally run out of the door to get to work in the morning. Run. When you spend all of your time caring for someone else’s needs and not ever answer your own, it can get quite depressing. This isn’t selfish, it’s the truth.
I know that Tammy is a bit of an extreme (She’s also amazingly gorgeous. Wow, this is turning into a love letter to Tammy!), but let her energy inspire you. If you stay at home, devote a few minutes each day to yourself. It will make all of the difference. Who knows where it will lead you.
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