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Well, hello there!  I’m Amy, the founder and editor of Fairfield County Moms Blog and I’m so glad you’re here! Looking back at the last few months and all of the preparations that have gone into creating Fairfield County Moms Blog, I just can’t help but wonder “how did I get here”?  No, really…how did I get here?!?  I’m a full-time working mom with a busy household.  Why did I feel the need to add something new to my already overflowing, hard to balance, crazy life?  I guess we’ll start with the most obvious answer – I’m here because of my son.

I knew motherhood would be great.  I just didn’t know how great it would be and how much it would change me as a person.  Don’t get me wrong, my life was always overbooked pre-baby and my ever-supportive husband would get so mad at me for over committing myself at work.  He told me I needed to learn to say “no” and not feel guilty about it.  He could see how stressed I would get when a million things were going on and I was involved in all of them.  Then, Dean was born, and life was forever changed.

Dean has taught me many things, and not just about what it means to be a mother and parent.  He’s the one who has really taught me that it’s OK to say “no”.  I don’t have join every possible voluntary work-related committee.  I don’t have to give up my time on the weekends that could otherwise be spent with my son to participate in something that doesn’t really interest me in the first place.  I’ve realized that as I’ve begun to say “thanks, but no”, I’m a lot happier, my husband is a lot happier, and life is calmer.  And really, let’s be honest.  I’ll be saying “no” for the rest of my life.  “No, those potato chips you ate don’t count as a vegetable serving”. “No, you can’t have the car keys to drive to the beach”.  And,  “No, you and your friends can’t play football in the house – ever”!

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This face puts it all into perspective.

So, why am I doing this?  Seems crazy, right?  I just said I’ve finally learned to say “no” and to keep life a little more calm.  A mom blog seems like a BIG project, and it is.  I am doing this for Dean.  I am doing this to teach him that you can say “no”, but you can commit yourself to the right thing, the things that makes you the happiest.  FCMB has become an outlet for me, a way to channel all of my great {and not so great} moments as a mom.  I want to teach him that you can create something bigger than yourself.  I want him to know what it’s like to build something that’s yours and to live creatively.  I want him to learn that saying “no” doesn’t always mean you’re giving something up and you never should feel guilty about it.  Look what saying “no” has done for me.

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5 Responses to Keep Calm and Blog On

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    Sara Meehan June 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

    Great post Amy! As a fellow city moms blog owner (Iowa City) and someone who also has trouble saying no, I can relate to this post on many levels!! Welcome to the city moms network, we are glad you didn’t say no! 🙂
    PS I will send my east coast friends your way!!

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      Fairfield County Moms Blog June 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

      Thanks Sara! It’s so great to have support from Sister-Sites!

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    Abbey June 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    The website looks great Amy! Can’t wait to hear more! Good Luck!

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      Fairfield County Moms Blog June 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM #

      Thanks Abbey!

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