Jenna is a guest blogger for YMC who wants to share her story with us!
This mom blogger has as passion for writing, loves to spend time with her one year old son, and has so much drive to follow her dreams and to make sure her age doesn’t dictate her own fate or the future of her sweet little boy. Check out her story and see what she’s doing to get ahead in life…
Tell us about yourself and your family:
My family consists of my one year old boy, CJ, his father, and a bunch of supportive aunts, uncles, and grandparents. I like to think of my family as a beautifully chaotic bunch. Nothing is ever normal, peaceful, or perfect. But, that’s ok. My little man is my world and is growing up so quickly. He loves animals, playing with his toys (and even sharing), bananas, and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I am grateful for the amount of support I have while I work 40 + hours a week and am enrolled in my third year in college. I love to write and hope to be able to turn that passion into a career.
What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give my child the life that he/she deserved. I felt as though my age made me inadequate as a parent and financial supporter. The only thing that got me through this insecurity was the thought that if I gave my child all the love I got and worked as hard as I could, it would be close to enough.
What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
Every once in awhile I will get my nails done, hang out with friends, and write. These moments aren’t able to happen often but I cherish them when they do.
What are your favorite things about being a mom?
I love the fact that here is this human being that I created who is going to love me no matter what just like I am going to love him no matter what. I didn’t know the true meaning of true love until I had my son.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years I hope to be established in a permanent home with a career. I hope that my son will be involved in school and activities that he enjoys. I hope to be married and happy. I mainly just hope for a privileged lifestyle for my son. I don’t want the fact that I had him at a young age to affect his opportunities in life.
What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
Stop thinking it’s the end of the world. Thanks to this child your life is just about to begin. You are going to be ok. No matter what you are not alone. Yes this was not planned but most things in life aren’t. It’s what you make of it that counts.