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I am a writer. I have been writing since second grade and have always known that it is my calling. I write most days of the week and it is truly my dream. But pursuing my dream did not come without obstacles. When my oldest was born, my whole life turned upside down and there was simply no time for writing. As much as I wanted, being a full-time mom to my daughter took everything out of me. My daughter was a very high-maintenance baby; she wanted to be constantly held, she never napped during the day and at night she would wake up every two hours. When my son was born, a few years later, things did not get better. He would only catnap in the evening and then he was up for several more hours. Juggling between my two demanding babies was a challenge and writing became impossible for me, not only because of the lack of time, but because when you write you need a clear head to come up with ideas, and I was so sleep-deprived that I did not have the peace of mind to sit down, relax, and be creative.
Luckily, when my middle son was two-years-old things got a little easier and I was able to carve out some time for my writing. I started writing for The Mama Maven blog and it has been extremely fulfilling. I am proud to say that so far I have written almost 700 posts. How did I did do it? Well, it wasn’t easy. I did not have relatives nearby or friends that could help out. My husband worked long hours and came home exhausted from his job. I had to find the time to be the best mom I could be, while also writing nearly every day. I did not want to compromise my writing and I pushed through my challenges and managed to write also while having my third child. Once I had my youngest son, things got even more busy for me and although he was definitely a much easier baby than my older two, by then my older ones were busy with activities so I found myself running around all day with school and preschool drops offs. Still, I kept on.
I love watching Dancing with the Stars on TV. The choreography, the music, the costumes and the dazzling performances make the show the huge hit that it is. The dancers certainly know how to put on a show. But what I love even more about it are the stories of triumphs of the dancers and celebrities on the show who manage to dance through injuries. The dancers perform throughout the ongoing seasons and injuries are inevitable. They push through and get back on the dance floor. But unlike professional dancers who are trained to “grin and bear it” most of the celebrities on the show have little to no background in dancing. How are they able to keep going even when they’re in a lot of pain? It’s very inspiring for me to watch the show knowing that someone is overcoming a hurdle. Dancing is a passion of many people and life can sometimes get in the way of their passion; for other people it may be a different passion that they want to pursue but at the end of the day, it is our tenacity, which enables us to keep going. For me, it was to just keep writing, even when I had spit-up on my clothes, piles of laundry and dishes to take care of and sometimes even a baby in my arms to cuddle.
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Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 10, 8 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.