At the age of 21, I was a college student with ambitious goals and big city dreams—and then one fateful morning, my life took an unexpected turn.
After taking a panicked trip to the nearest 24-hour Walgreens, I found myself anxiously staring at a pregnancy test inside the bathroom of my college apartment. Despite wishful thinking, I knew what the answer was going to be. Less than a minute later, I had my answer. I was going to be a mom.
And in that moment, I set the course of my future. After breaking down and crying before going to my 8:30 a.m. class, I decided nothing was going to prevent me from achieving my goals and obtaining the life I wanted to have. Despite what the statistics said, I was going to succeed!
To make a long story short, I graduated college in less than four years, landed my dream job and am building a bright future for my daughter. Don’t get me wrong, my life isn’t perfect (who’s is?) and I don’t have all the answers—but I am here to start the conversation.
As a young mom, I know what it’s like to wonder what your future holds and the uncertainty that comes with facing the unknown. I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed while trying to balance the responsibilities of being a mom with going to school, building a career, keeping your relationship fresh, making time for yourself and investing for the future. And, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone.
Motherhood & Main represents the crossroads that young moms face and serves as a community where moms of all ages can come together to share our experiences, empower one another and bring positive change to the conversation of young motherhood within society. Here, you’ll find stories from other young moms going though similar situations and working toward the life they want to have.
We are #YoungMomStrong, and this is the story of our journey.