I have said before when doing these Ask Toi when it comes to personal questions I reserve the right to not answer questions that I feel are too personal in nature. I will answer what I can when I see fit. So here we go:
What is the main reason for blogging?
I started my blog from when I got out of battling postpartum depression. This was after treatments, counseling, and medication. I needed to find a creative outlet. This happened to be one of the ones I chose. I enjoy being creative and writing. I have always wanted to write. I want to be able to write a book too one day.
How did you feel becoming a first time mom?
It was scary. I didn’t feel as if I was financially or emotionally ready. I spent so much time in the beginning telling myself that I wasn’t going to be a good mom. However after some parenting classes I felt a lot more prepared. A lot of folks don’t know that with my first, I definitely took the time to prepare for my daughter. From parenting classes, to making sure she had what she needed. I did have 3 baby showers but I spent a lot of time gathering up baby items because my mom always taught me that having a baby it was going to be on me to get things ready and right for her arrival. I took Lamaze classes and did all I could to combat my fear. After her arrival I felt disappointed because she was 6 weeks early. I felt like there was more I could have done to prevent her early arrival.
Have you ever gotten into physical fights with others?
Back in the day as a kid yes. I have gotten into verbal altercations as an adult. I can’t remember the last adult fight I have had to have to be honest. That’s a good thing. Right now in the stage of my life the only way I am getting into a physical fight is for the protection of myself or my children. Outside of that, that extra agitated part of my life is pretty much over. My parents had me in church for most of my life however my parents also taught me street smarts and survival skills. A lot of folks would be surprised to know that they definitely made sure I was ready for the world. They did very little sugar-coating in my house.
Have you ever had second thoughts when you were about to get married?
Yes. I did the days leading up to my marriage. It was more of cold feet. I will say that any thoughts that I had I explored them. Instead of saying they were cold feet, I gave great consideration about if I wanted to be married for marriage sake or because it was the right thing to do. I came to the conclusion that I really loved my soon to be husband and wanted to marry him and so I did. However that first year of marriage and adding that I was still being treated for postpartum and I didn’t fully understand it. The only thing I wished I had done was delayed the wedding until after my treatment was completed. This way I could have entered my first year on a better wave length. That first year of marriage made me feel the most alone and it had nothing to do with my husband. I would encourage others before getting married to be sure that you know what you can about yourself.
How strict are you as parents?
We are strict to the point there is a lot of things that my kids can’t do as far as sleepovers, or cell phones (for now) or just going to other folks home without us. I feel as if I need to watch them. If you ask my parents they would say I let my kids do whatever they want. I do balance some old school with new, but I do let a few more new ways of parenting like allowing my kids to express their feelings, or letting them have their own opinions that we weren’t allowed to do as kids. So far it works for our home, we haven’t had a lot of talking back or disrespectful issues. Our kids are generally good. So if its protection reasons we are going to say no. However we are open as much as we think is appropriate to discuss things as a teaching moment.
Would you quit working to blog?
Absolutely. My goal is to be able to blog full-time. There is a difference in working and quitting just to blog when there is no income stream or making my blog my income stream and doing it full time. I want to do the latter. So when the opportunity ever presents itself the answer will be super easy.
Why don’t I ever just become a celebrity blogger?
One I don’t feel as if i am in the arena to blog on celebrities. I only currently blog if its something that can be a lesson to us. So the few blogs I have done have been on highlights that appear that have nuggets that I believe are take aways.
Do you believe in sex before marriage?
I do if it’s with consenting adults. I believe that you should under the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of sex outside of marriage. It can be binding to be honest. This is why people stay in bad relationships because of good sex. So yes I was a virgin with my husband when he was my boyfriend. I made a decision to be with him. I made a decision with any sexual partner I have had. Nothing just happens. Nothing is a mistake. I learned a lot about myself through choices. I believe sex is a decision that you should think about before getting hot and heavy with a person.
Do you like to work with other bloggers?
Yes I have and I do. I’ve had some amazing collaborations with some amazing blogging friends. I hope to do more in the future.
How does your husband feel about your blogging?
I get this question often. He’s fine with it. He supports me and what I do. There is never a time, when he doesn’t have my back. He supports it even when blogs are about him. It’s a form of expression and 💯 we always talk about whatever issues so by the time I blog them if I blog then it’s already over and worked on and through.
So this is part 1 the questions that were way harder to answer will be in part 2 for Friday, January 11, 2019!!!