What Am I Even Doing??

“I’m so sick of my blog. I don’t want to be a writer. Just like the last time I had a baby, now that my baby is one, I don’t want to write about babies anymore. But my blog is called Baby Off-Center, so it has to be about babies! Bleeechhhh!!!” – My Inner Critic

I just got the book Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa:

 

She also has a blog, The Jealous Curator, which she created to showcase art that made her jealous of its artists. And dude, I can relate. When I see work (generally books with hand-drawn illustrations by creative women) that I wish I made, I feel so defeated. Like, “That’s already done, guess there’s something else I can’t do,” or, “I could have done that, I wish I had.”

ENOUGH! It’s nice to know that other people feel this way, even professional artists, but it’s time to move on.

I’ve been feeling like all I do all day is “mom,” and that I do nothing else worthwhile. But this is not true.

So from now on, this blog is just about whatever I want it to be about that day. I think it will center on creativity, but who knows? And while I may have the ultimate goal of writing a book about creativity and getting it published and going on a book/speaking tour that includes New York and San Francisco, for now I’m just gonna put. stuff. up.

At the bottom is what I wrote in my journal today. Sometimes my journal is the only art/writing/creative thing I do in any given week*, so there may be lots of journal entries on the blog from now on. But as King Triton says, So be it!

Here’s my page:

People I’m jealous of plus an awesome strong lady from the Athleta catalogue. I’m not jealous of her, just the people on the list. And kids’ book author Mo Willems. (Side note: Don’t feel bad that I wrote “my husband doesn’t believe in me,” he told me once he doesn’t really believe in anyone, so I’m on equal footing with the greats. Plus, what other people think doesn’t really matter anyway, right? RIGHT?!?

* My journal is never the only creative thing I do in a week, that was my inner critic again. This week alone I made watercolor goo-goo goggles, covered myself and my children in fake tattoos, painted my eyebrows pink, did glitter pedicures with my son, wrote multiple grocery lists (it’s writing, it counts), made a new (crappy) collage of strong ladies, and I’m sure some other stuff.

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New Mom? You Might Need Some New Friends.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky new moms whose friends all have babies. You visit each others’ houses, share childcare, and cry together over your latest breastfeeding/potty training/identity -crises. Your kids frolic together under rainbows while you enjoy pinterest-worthy dinners in your well-groomed backyards. Good for you.

If you’re not one of the lucky ones, you might instead be (more…)

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Can We Please Start Calling Bugs “She?”

I was reading a lovely Charlie Harper board book to my baby the other evening, when I had to stop and groan. The page said,

A bumblebee with stripes of yellow– he’s a very busy fellow.

No, he’s not. But she sure is!

Sure, not all insects are female. (more…)

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My Least Favorite Bath Toy

funny bath toy

Alternative post title: “Why I Otter…”

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I Never Wanted to Be a Stay at Home Mom

As a kid, I pictured my adult self as a woman in a hot pink shoulder-padded business suit. My hair would be feathery and frosted, my practical yet stylish pumps would coordinate perfectly with my flashy jewelry. My briefcase would occasionally brush against my pantyhosed leg as I walked briskly down the city street to my next business meeting. I would be an Important Business Woman! (Can you tell I grew up in the 80’s?)

While I’ve always wanted to have kids, what I certainly didn’t want was to be a Stay at Home Mom. How boring! How un-glamorous! How very not “Having-it-all!” (more…)

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The New Website

You’ve made it to the newer, shinier version of this blog (originally at babyoffcenter.wordpress.com). Weekly updates will resume next week.

As promised, here is my baby trying to figure out fruit:

Enjoy your weekend.

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Problems at the Portland Women’s March

(It turns out I’m a shitty activist.)

The night before the Women’s March here in Portland, Oregon, I am stoked. I think, “I can’t wait to march for women’s rights!” I mean, I didn’t think I’d have to in my lifetime, but I am feeling the spirit of my feminist foremothers, for sure. Maybe something feels a little off about this excitement, but I ignore the feeling and work on my sign….

Read the full post on Medium

 

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Surprise! It’s a Diet Magazine.

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A few years ago, when I was 32, I exercised a LOT.

At this point, I am very involved in my martial arts training, and am working out about 10 hours per week. I bike-commute about 20 miles per week, can deadlift 205 lbs, and, on a good day, can do 27 pull ups in a row. Damn.*

As a woman who is interested in health, I subscribe to Women’s Health Magazine. I love reading the nutrition tips (more…)

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