Being a Working Mom

Part of the reason why I started this blog was to share my journey in becoming a fashion stylist. And now that it has been three years since  my leap of faith into the fashion industry, this blog has served as a place for me to update you with career news in addition to fashion trends. Thus, I thought I would touch on what it has been like to be a working stylist and a mom at the same time. Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 9.49.14 PM

Being an emotional person, it has shocked me that I haven't really cried very much throughout the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. I thought I would be a bit of a basket case, but instead, I've become incredibly calm and patient. I credit God for this new found sense of peace. However, this past December I think I spent a whole day teary-eyed and overwhelmed by the thought of possibly having to give up styling. Let's just say the cost of childcare pretty much negates what I earn through styling, and it's very hard to bring a baby with you and work.

Obviously, my family comes before work, but it's also important to spend time doing things that replenish your soul. For me, creating art is part of that process. So, I realized right now that just means doing less styling for a season, but it doesn't have to go completely away. I'll still be doing closet sessions, personal shopping and styling photo shoots, but I just wont be doing as many as I normally do.

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You've heard me talk about EMMA Magazine a couple times before. This magazine was started by young moms like myself that completely understand the struggle of balancing motherhood, marriage and our art forms. Working for EMMA is definitely one place I can bring Elle and still do my craft. Here are some photos showing us with our babies on set.

If you're reading this and you are a mom or would love to one day be one, know that the transition in becoming a mom is hard and amazing at the same time. But it doesn't mean you need to completely say good-bye to your passion. It just will take a back seat to a new found joy - loving on a beautiful baby.

Photos by Alejandra Vidal and Michelle Herrick.