As an independent consultant, working my graphic design, communications and marketing skills for clients, I am an expert at conveying others’ messages. Here on my GLOG, I get to express some of my own views and musings, colored by my day-to-day life as a work-at-home mama, and most of the time I try to create a GRAPHIC (“G” in “Glog”) element to go with it, although it’s easier to ramble on about one’s thoughts than it is to create a clever graphic.
I’ve done a good bit of personal blogging since shifting to the work-from-home lifestyle. This is the same time period in which I gave birth, was on maternity leave, and then decided to take this time to hang with my baby at home while I did some design work. I’ve kept the past blogging mostly private, as it focused on chronicling my baby’s milestones, and me sorting out my views on motherhood (something I was new at) and societal issues concerning motherhood and feminism. Very loaded stuff (the latter).
Coming out of that, some four years later, my final analysis is that each woman has to decide for herself and her family what works and what will make them happy/allow them to survive—or something within that range. There are no “one-size-fits-all” rules or ways to do things. To me, it’s unsatisfying and boring, too, to argue with people about what’s best when there is no “best.” And now, after a blogging hiatus, and with a child who’s no longer a baby and me beyond those years where thoughts were dominated by guidebooks, discussions and decisions, mixed with post-pregnancy hormones and lack of sleep, I am feeling a movement toward again blogging about things that matter to me: still motherhood, but more within a frame of design and art and contemporary culture, in a visual and non confrontational way that I hope will be transcendent.
The deepest feelings about motherhood for me don’t deal with whether breast is best or I stayed home with my baby or not, or whether a child should be spanked or have time outs or no punishment at all. Although I do have opinions on all those matters. They are peripheral to the core feelings. And the core feelings are what I think most women can share. This crazy, awesome love for our children.