My friends are seemingly blown away when they ask me the proverbial question, “What’s new?” and I tell them I’m doing stand-up comedy. Most think I’m just kidding and others think I’ve completely lost my mind. My favorite comment…. “You freaking rock, go girl!”
Several of my mommy friends tell me I’m an inspiration to them. Not only am I doing what I love, making people laugh, but I’m also inspiring other mothers to follow their passion. I’ve always felt like I had to put myself on the back burner so I could devote all my love, time and attention to my child. Not only was this unhealthy for me, it wasn’t helping my marriage either. My husband had to wait to get “his boobs” back while I nursed my son for over two years. By the way, he’s thrilled to have them back again.
When traveling on a plane, the flight attendant reminds us to put our oxygen mask on first, then our children. It’s taken me awhile to figure this out but now that I have, I couldn’t be happier. After having a career in the entertainment business for over twenty years, being a stay-at-home mom was at first a nice break, but after awhile, I felt the light inside me was dimming and I wasn’t being full-filled. I was confused. Wasn’t I supposed to feel like I had everything…. the marriage, the child and the white picket fence?
I realized I could still be me, not “just” my kid’s mom. I am a woman who is compassionate, adventurous, fearless, FUN and funny. I enjoy living life to the fullest with no regrets. I am also a wife and a mother. I enjoy writing jokes and performing them on stage and it’s put variety back in my life. I’ve learned it’s OK to put my oxygen mask on first and it’s essential.
If I can help other mother’s realize that, then I’ve found my purpose in life. Follow your passion and don’t give up on your dreams because it’s never too late!
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