Teagan's Sandbox

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Why I Started my Blog

I started this blog as a place to document my life. My motherhood journey. And Teagan’s childhood. I wanted to start this while I was pregnant but my husband would never set it up for me. I guess I didn’t nag him enough. It’s in his wheelhouse so that’s why I put it on him haha! When I decided to quit my job and stay home with Teagan, I really pushed him to get it done for me. This little blog is so much more important to me than I ever expected it to be. It’s become this little diary of my life.

I know in 5 years I’ll look back and laugh at how dumb I sound but I think it’s imperative to capture all of these moments; the good ones, the bad ones, and the ugly ones because 5 years from now, I want to see what shapes me. What shapes our family and how far Teagan has come.

I try to live my life very authentically, what I put out there is what is real. What I put out there is how my life really is whether it’s on here or on Instagram. I don’t believe in only creating a highlight reel of my life. To each his own but I don’t know how you become relatable if you only put the happy times in your life on display. I thrive off the idea that maybe I’m not the only wife, mother, friend, daughter or sister going through something.

It warms my heart when someone reaches out after a blog post and tells me it gave them “all the feels” or tells me it’s something they were questioning or going through as well. What connects us in this world is far more plentiful than what divides us but it’s my opinion that you only figure those things out by being real.

Anyhow, I digress. Besides creating this blog for myself, I made it in hopes of connecting with people in a genuine way and I will never do it in a way that feels phony to me. The blog name was actually inspired by my husband. He created this product with the name sandbox in it and I always loved it. Besides the physical meaning of a sandbox, where I’m sure my child will play in many times; it also means ‘a virtual space in which new or untested software can be run securely.’ I thought the metaphor for Teagan’s Sandbox was really great. This blog is a place where I can virtually record my trial and errors in life and motherhood in what I consider a safe place.

I’m sure there are people that make fun of it behind my back (bye Felicia) but I don’t really care because their opinions are none of my business and I think I’ll always look back on this and be happy I’ve documented my real life. BUT most people in my life have been so supportive and it means the absolute world to me.

 

 

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