Meet my inspiring guest blogger this month: Keisha Long. If you are a Mom who is feeling worn down and need some encouragement, then DO read on…

XO

You Can Do It, Mama!

Being a Mom is a lot of work. Working while being a Mom is a lot of work. Working while being a stay-at-home-Mom is a lot of work. Whatever road your life has led you down as a mother, rearing children isn’t for the faint of heart. But you can do it, Mama!

I am a Mama Bear to 3 little Mocha Cubs, ages 6, 4, and 11 months. I am a stay-at-home-mom. Scratch that. I am an on-the-go, running my own business, home-schooling, “stay-at-home-mom”.

I worked part & full time after my first daughter was born. But once my second came, my husband and I both decided for me to leave my job. I have to say that I haven’t had a second thought about it, since. Although, I’m a “Type-A” personality, who doesn’t like to just stay home.

I have been crafting my whole life. I spent a great deal of my childhood with both of my grandmothers, who taught me an array of crafting skills. In high school, I even crocheted hats & scarves for a profit for my fellow students. Then for a short time in college, I sold them in a local coffee shop that I worked at. Now that I was “staying home,” I felt antsy to craft for people again. So I decided to create my own business from home: Krafty Keisha.

It’s had its fair share of ebbs & flows, but it’s been constant. I’m certainly not pulling in the kind of money as when I was working outside of the home, but I couldn’t be happier! I started with crocheting and sewing. Then I became very passionate about healthy ingredients in skin care products. My dear friend & midwife is an herbalist, and has taught me so much about natural remedies. I also started using essential oils, and became very passionate about how and why they work so well.

A friend of mine came to me one day because she was wanting to open a boutique in our little town, and asked if I would be interested in selling my products there. I jumped at the opportunity! It has been wonderful, seeing things being sold regularly there, and even seeing strangers in the grocery store wearing my items!

My second daughter was born at home with some lovely midwives that we know and love. Having my daughter at home awakened a new passion-I wanted to help mamas and babies! I wanted to be able to combine my Krafty Keisha business somehow. Once my second daughter was done nursing, I decided to train to become a doula. I spent the next year working at a birth center, researching and studying, and being a doula for friends. I also shadowed under a doula.

These days, as I mentioned, I “stay at home” with my three wee ones, home schooling the older two, while nursing my baby boy. But I still stay busy with orders. I took a break from the doula life to focus on my own baby, but am anxiously awaiting my first gig from my hiatus, coming this June!

I just got a website up and running. You can visit it at www.kraftykeisha720.wixsite.com/crafts. There, you can browse through my products: hats, scarves, skirts, shirts, mittens, ear warmers, purses, tote bags, healing salve, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, bath salts, lotion, nursing covers, burp cloths, baby bibs, adult bibs, and many more.

You can follow me on Instagram at kraftykeisha. I also have a doula facebook page at www.facebook.com/onetreedoula, and my new website also has a doula section.

Every person has their own speed. The important thing is to know one’s own abilities, and when you may be over doing it. I enjoy my pace, while others may not. But the thing I most want you to take away from my story is that you can do it, Mama! You’ll always be a mama. But don’t forget that you’re also YOU! Find out what makes you happy, and go for it! Blessings to you!