For a long time I felt like I had one foot in the Arizona door and one foot out, ready to move at a moment’s notice to the nearest city that would get me back to my roots. My husband and I have been in the Phoenix area for 8 ½ years now. We came here young and adventurous, so ready to be in a real city, to soak up the sun, and go hiking every weekend. We established ourselves as official “Phoenicians” those first few years, but as time went on a lot changed. Close friends that were dear to my heart and my everyday companions moved. My husband and I officially tied the knot and just a year later I became a mother. It wasn’t long before I found myself wanting to move too. Like many new moms there were times when I was extremely lonely and overwhelmed by the demands of my children, and even though I was a mother myself, all I wanted was my own mother. I wanted her to come hold my children so I could shower and sit next to me on the couch to tell me that even though I felt like a mess, I was doing it right, that I was a good mother too. She couldn’t though, she lived 1500 miles away making visits few and far between. So I stepped one foot out the Arizona door and even though I was here physically, my mind was always dreaming of being back in the mid-west.
Then I found Scottsdale Moms Blog. I really enjoyed reading the articles and loved that they were written by local moms, I saw they had similar joys and struggles with parenthood but they also wrote about how great life with kids in Arizona was, sharing their favorite places to take the kids and tips for staying cool in the heat and they encouraged meeting and connecting with other moms. I stepped out of my comfort zone and started to reach out to the few “mom” friends I had instead of waiting for someone to reach out to me. I asked them to come to SMB Moms Night Out and playdates with me. We were able to mingle outside of work and away from children or at play groups in fun new places to build lasting friendships between ourselves and our children. I realized that I had to re-grow my roots in AZ, so I continued to find ways to be thankful for what surrounded me and enjoy the place I lived. I became a barre3 fitness instructor, teaching classes that stirred my desire for a healthier life and introduced me to even more wonderful women. I started to get more involved with my church, volunteering in the nursery and joining the women’s group. I felt like it all came full circle when I had the chance to start writing for Scottsdale Moms Blog myself last Spring and have enjoyed sharing what I love and learn about Scottsdale/Phoenix and being a mom.
Before I knew it, I had both feet back in, living and loving this beautiful life we have created in Arizona. I am so glad I did because there really is so much to love about life in AZ – hiking Camelback Mountain, year round swimming season, running the Rock ‘N’ Roll half marathon, Churn Ice Cream, Four Peaks Peach Ale, and of course the wonderful moms who are here to encourage and support each other. All of this has brought me to the most exciting adventure yet, I am now going to be co-owner of Scottsdale Moms Blog and get to live my passion for connecting moms around the valley and show others how great Arizona really is as we learn to laugh through the life of parenting together.
I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity and excited for the future of Scottsdale Moms Blog.
Now that you know my story, please share yours! I want to know what YOU love about Arizona and raising kids here. What would you like to see more of from SMB in the future? How can we help you better connect with moms around the valley and love Arizona with both feet in?