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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Weeks

nurture the spark.

Updated: May 28, 2020

When I came up with the idea for om nom mama, I secured the domain right away. I felt excited, empowered and capable. I had a vision: to create a space where I could share easy, family meals that were nourishing and fun. I made a logo. I had MOMENTUM.

Emphasis on "moment". Then I got stuck. I got busy. I got tired.

Many parents can probably relate. It's hard to dedicate yourself to "extras" like hobbies and passion projects when the day-in and day-out leaves you feeling drained. But hear me out... the moments you feel depleted are exactly the moments you need to invest back into yourself.

When I was pregnant a friend gave me a bit of familiar advice: "Sleep while you can." I almost rolled my eyes. Then he added, "It's exhausting, but don't worry. Somehow you'll find that you can always dig a bit deeper when it comes to your kids."

TRUTH BOMB, right? We do dig deeper. We give endlessly, selflessly to show up for our children because we want to give them everything we can. And in doing so, we realize we have so much more to give than we could have ever imagined. I'm grateful to have this superpower. But I'm most grateful to have learned what my heart and soul are capable of.

That's what parenting teaches us: how important it is to show up. To try and fail. To learn and grow. To show up again the next day. To set an example. Not on how to be perfect... but how to be present.

So, I decided to stop being stuck. To throw something out there and see what sticks. To create, to share, because... I can. And that's a joy worth celebrating.

With om nom mama, I want to share my journey as a mom who's doing her best to navigate parenthood, career, and self-discovery. Follow along as I share easy-to-make recipes your toddler may or may not eat, musings on motherhood, and reflections on imperfect parenting. Because we're all just doing our best.

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