I always get excited about the beginning of a new month. We all have the opportunity to have a fresh start where we can refocus on our goals and make things happen. I also love that it’s October — who doesn’t enjoy the cooler weather and the foliage? With new beginnings, new weather and a new season, I decided that I also wanted to do something a little different and pick someone who I think you all will enjoy getting to know. I have loved reading her story on her blog about her journey to become a mother, and I know that many of you will be able to relate to her story. She’s incredible, beautiful, hardworking, For this month’s featured Mommy Chick, I have chosen the Caitlin Lindquist from Dash of Darling. Please welcome our October Mommy Chick, Caitlin!
N: Hi, Caitlin! I am so excited to have you as our October Mommy Chick. Your blog and story about becoming a mother has truly touched me and, I know, many of your readers. For our readers at Baby Chick who don’t follow you or know you just yet, how would you describe yourself in three words? What would they be and why?
C: Hi Nina! I would say that “loving, loyal and creative” is the best way to describe me. Loyal because I will do anything for the people that I love. Loving because I am a very affectionate person. Creative because I enjoy blogging and all that it entails.
N: I know that you started blogging while you were in law school, but what inspired you to begin?
C: I discovered the world of blogging while perusing Pinterest while planning my wedding. I thought to myself how fun it looked, and so I became more intrigued and got eager to share my passions with the world. Additionally, I wanted to get into fashion law and I thought it would be a great entry into that industry.
N: What do you love most about what you do?
C: I love connecting with a community of like-minded people and being there for my readers who can relate to me. I have found many readers reaching out to me with fashion questions and others have shared their own fertility stories. It has been great being able to lean on each other and connect with people from all over the US and the world.
N: People may think that blogging is simple, but we know the truth! What’s the most challenging part of your job?
C: Lately, I have had a hard time staying motivated. Especially with everything that my husband and I have gone through — two miscarriages over the last year and the rest of the IVF process.
C: When you work from home, it is important to set yourself a schedule, put your head down, get things done and remember why you started in the first place.
N: What’s the #1 thing that you want people to take away from visiting your website?
C: My hope is that they can relate to me in some way and feel inspired, whether that be to take a trip, share their struggles, try a new beauty product, experiment with their own style or take a chance on following their dreams.
N: I love your style – your wardrobe and your home décor! Where do you draw your inspiration?
C: I draw inspiration from everything around me — from the current season, music, my current mood, what my husband says he likes on me or from my travels.
N: Here at Baby Chick we strive to show all sides of motherhood; the good, the bad, and the heartbreaking. We are all about creating a community of authentic, uplifting motherhood while still being real to each woman’s journey. I am so inspired by your story, honesty, and courage to share. Why did you decide to share your fertility story?
C: My husband and I had been struggling to start our family for nearly two years before I decided to share our struggles. Quite frankly, I felt very alone and depressed. It is not easy going through these struggles on your own. Our fertility journey is a huge part of my life and my blog is all about sharing what is going on in my world. The decision to share is not one that I made lightly. But my hope was to not only share what is going on with us, but also to hopefully break the stigma around infertility and be there for my readers who may be going through similar struggles.
N: I am personally glad that you have shared your story because so many women are going through the same thing. Thank you for using your voice to let them know that they are not alone.
N: How do you feel your experiences with fertility have shaped how you think about motherhood?
C: When we first “pulled the goalie”, we were ready for a family, but of course I had inner questions of what kind of mom I would be and what kind of dad my husband would be. But as we go through this struggle together, I have realized how strong we both are and how supportive we are of one-another. It has really affirmed in my mind that I know we will be wonderful parents and that we are ready for whenever that day comes.
N: What do you want other women to know who are going through similar struggles?
C: You are not alone!
N: Amen to that! More women to hear (or read) those exact words.
N: What’s the greatest lesson or lessons that life has taught you?
C: Bad things can happen to good people, there is no rhyme or reason. What is important is that we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, hold our heads high, keep our faith and keep trying.
N: I couldn’t agree more.
N: What are your greatest hopes for women and mothers everywhere?
C: My greatest hope for women and mothers everywhere is that their dreams of having a family, raising a family, happy/healthy children come true. And my hope is that we can all be there for each other and support one another.
Thank you so much for your time, Caitlin, and for sharing more of your story with us. I have loved following your blog, and I hope that more women will too!
Who are you inspired by? Share with us and they just might be our next featured Mommy Chick of the Month. 😉