Stacy Maaser blogs about being a mom, teaching, cooking healthy food, and DIY solutions for parents.
Stacey was a third grade teacher for many years and always used colors to highlight her subject matter in the classroom. Her online space reflects her desire for a bright and stimulating design to draw the user to important information quickly.
“Having something I could dream about and work on in spare moments was thrilling.”
“When I finally discarded the idea of making money and thought instead about following my dreams it liberated me. I knew that I loved sharing what I learned with others so after the birth of my third baby Ophelia, with the help of CurlyHost, I created my blog Embracing Motherhood. Having something I could dream about and work on in spare moments was thrilling. I’ve even been able to make some money due to my partnership with Amazon Associates and a very popular blog about how to make a stock tank pool. I became a happier mom, and I didn’t have to give up precious time with my children.”
“I have made the mistake of trying to write what I think people will want to read instead of what I’m passionate about and it just doesn’t work.”
“There have been many times that I have wanted to give up Embracing Motherhood. Sometimes I am plagued with self-doubt and wonder if anyone even cares to read about these topics. But then I have to remember that I am doing this for me, I am doing this for my children, and if others find it useful it’s a bonus. I have made the mistake of trying to write what I think people will want to read instead of what I’m passionate about and it just doesn’t work. When I write from my heart it not only feels good for my soul but people respond to it. When life gets overwhelming and there are days, weeks or months of not being able to write, I wonder if I’ve just been wasting my time. After Julian was born I actually wrote a blog about how I was going to quit! But the great thing about working on a passion project is that it can change to fit whatever my needs are at the time.”
“For anyone out there struggling with depression or low self-esteem the best advice I have is to MAKE something.”
“Sure you can lose weight, get a makeover or buy a new outfit, but when you follow your passions and make something that wasn’t there before it will fill a place in your heart that you didn’t know existed. If creating a website or a blog is something you’ve been thinking about GO FOR IT! And don’t worry about getting a perfect first draft. You just have to get something down and then you can tweak it, mold it, shape it, and transform it into what you want it to be. Nothing worth having happens overnight.”