At Bellē Up, we understand and appreciate that being a mom is the hardest, yet least recognized, job ever. Yes, we said, EVER! We created Mom of the Week (MOTW) as a way of recognizing moms who do the hardest job ever and then some. It is our honor to present you our Mom of the Week ... JESSICA McCARIHAN!
Jessica is as modest as they come and she would never mention any of the amazing things that she does in-and-around her community, because being amazing just comes natural to her. I first sat down with Jessica 3 years ago (i.e., before Bellē Up even opened), because someone told me that she was the mom to know. But besides being the "Mom of Beverly" (which I've affectionately dubbed her), after spending just a few moments with Jessica you instinctively love her. Her energy is off-the-charts positive, her passion is unparalleled, her selflessness is immeasurable and her beauty (inner and outer) is undeniable. For example, two years ago, inspired by an 8th grader the previous year, Jessica pledged to raise $10,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and to shave her head. She didn't raise $10K. She raised nearly $17K! And just last year, Jessica decided to tackle a problem that many people would prefer to ignore: domestic violence, by founding A New Direction (AND). The world needs more Jessicas, but we're lucky to have the original right here in our own backyard! ~Jamenda, Owner of Bellē Up
Q&A with Jessica
Name: Jessica McCarihan
Current Town/Neighborhood: West Beverly
Family: Husband, Mike; sons Quinn (4) and Charlie (5 months); twin sister, Kristen.
Cause or organization that is most important to you and why: A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park is a local non-profit that I helped start that helps victims of domestic violence move from victim to survivor.
Favorite family activities: Lazy Sundays.
My favorite part about pregnancy was dreaming about what my baby would look and be like. Watching my body grow and change with my little miracle.
My least favorite part about pregnancy was heartburn!
When I was pregnant, I wish I had known that “sleep like a baby” really means "never sleeps" ... ever!
I would tell a new mom the following three things:
(a) Trust your instincts
(b) The Internet can be your worst enemy
(c) You really will miss the infancy phase even though it is so hard the first time.
When I became a mom, I was surprised to learn that I can survive on such little sleep.
When I hear the term “Work/Life Balance” I think that achieving balance in all areas of life is so hard. It is so important to do things for you because as mothers, we are all so selfless. It is important not to lose yourself in motherhood.
The most important thing my mom taught me about parenthood was you can do it!
My parenting style is best described as “do what works for our family.”
The most incredible part of parenthood is watching your children grow and learn and become real little people who are smart and caring and compassionate.
The most difficult part of parenthood is guilt and worry!
The funniest part of parenthood is watching your kids do things you do/used to do as a child.
My greatest hope for my children is that they will be happy and have peace of mind.
My Mom is my inspiration, because she is the most amazing woman ever.
I try to set aside at least two hours per week as “me time." I spend this time trying to do absolutely nothing. Ha!
Favorite book about pregnancy or childbirth: “What to Expect…”
Favorite children’s book: Knuffle Bunny.
Favorite children’s movie: Tangled.
Favorite mom celebrity: Gwenyth Paltrow.
Favorite clothing item when I was pregnant: “Due in May” tank.
Favorite item from Bellē Up: Noppies winter jacket [purchased last fall]!
To nominate a Mom of the Week, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.