As you may have noticed, I’ve been virtually non existent on here for about the past month. You want to know why?
I started to feel stifled. Like the “mommy in suburbia” brand limited me in too many ways. I began to feel like I couldn’t write about things that weren’t approved of in the “mommy blogger” or “craft blogger” circles.
I don’t like feeling like I’m being told that I can’t or shouldn’t do something, or that I have to do something a certain way for it to be right. Just ask my mother I started to feel frustrated that I felt like I wasn’t allowed to curse, talk politics, admit I feed my kids corn dogs, or say that I think mason jars and paper mustaches are ugly. Because I do.
I want to feel free to say that I love playing with makeup, hate cleaning the kitchen, and love going to Renaissance Faires.
Oh, and that whole “mommy” stigma surrounding what mothers should wear? Is absolutely disgusting. Telling a woman that she shouldn’t wear a bikini after having kids, or how to dress to hide her “mommy tummy” is tantamount to giving women an excuse to stop caring about themselves and shoving them into a frumpy “we’re all the same” box. It drives me up the wall. I’m sick of reading about it on other blogs and getting emails from PR companies who want me to promote their tummy wraps and miracle diets.
That’s why I’m ditching the “mommy in suburbia” name. I’m tired of being shoved in a box where I’m expected to wear cardigans and make wall art out of toilet paper rolls. It’s just not me.
I’ll leave this blog up for a while, and perhaps transfer over some of my most popular posts. However, this will be my last post on here.
From now on, you can find me over at JoannaBrooks.net, where I’ll be writing about life, beauty, family, and a lot of the stuff I already write about here. Minus the filter. Minus the expectations of a “mommy blog.” Plus a fresh youtube channel featuring makeup, nail, and hair tutorials, and a whole lot more of my opinions.
I hope to see you there!!