Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I live in the United States. I was raised in Central New Jersey.  About 7 years ago, my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, but can definitely hold my own when it comes to speaking Spanish.

When did you first become a mother?

I gave birth to my twin daughters at age 32.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?

I work full-time.

Why do you blog/write?

Graduating with a degree in English, I have always had a passion for writing.  I “aspired” to be a Creative Writing teacher.  Fifteen years later, as a Director of Sales and Marketing, I am still “aspiring!”

My first blog started (and continues) as my personal family blog.  Instead of writing letters to my daughters, I have tried to keep a personal blog just for them. This virtual journal might just help them when they least expect it.

As my career responsibilities grew, I implemented blogs as a part of our marketing strategy.  Although I get some enjoyment from maintaining those blogs, they are nothing like my personal blogs.

I am also a contributor to a variety of industry related blogs.  Unfortunately, they feel more like work than anything else.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

After 5 ½ years of motherhood, I am proud to say that I am no different.  Like many mothers, I strive for outstanding – will learn to be ordinary but refuse to accept failure.

For me, “failing” would be if my children didn’t have this extraordinary sense of self-worth and confidence in who they grew to be.  When you strip down their education path, career choices, intertwined with life’s challenges, I would hope that they were still proud to wake up every morning just for being who they were.  To believe in yourself and stand proud of who you are can lead you to amazing things. I wish that for them – each and every day.

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?

For girls, it is this “in-your-face” need for perfection.  From body image to material things, girls are being shown that “perfection” is on the surface and that is what really matters! As we all know – it does not.

When my girls were very young, I used to say “you are beautiful on the INSIDE and out.”  When they got a little older, they started to understand what qualities truly made a person beautiful on the inside.  However, with all the media/peer influences, it is a hard for them to ignore the pressures of society.

Even at such a young age, they face this issue all the time.  I find this to be disheartening as well as challenging.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

Long or the short?  OK – here’s the short.  A family member e-mailed me a blog post from WMB that they thought I would enjoy.  I LOVED IT!

After reading and reading and reading, I thought I would “try” and join this group of writers.  Jennifer B. was extremely responsive and after submitting some writing samples, here I am – (thankfully!)

This is an original post to World Moms Blog from our new, mother of twins in Pennsylvania, Twinmom112.

Twinmom112 (USA)

Born on the West Coast, my parents quickly came back to their roots on the East Coast, and so the “Jersey Girl” stigma was put upon me. I spent the first part of my childhood in Northern New Jersey – but eventually settled in Central Jersey, where I will live for the next 25 years! Even branching out to attend college at West Virginia University – I still found myself surrounded by “Jersey” – some things you just can’t get away from!

I was married at 27, and my husband and I transitioned from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. After building our house and getting acclimated to our “new home,” starting a family was definitely our next step. Unfortunately, we never anticipated the journey we would embark on. For the next 3 years, our introduction to the world of infertility was something that we never expected! Growing-up, I just assumed that when I was “ready” to be a mother … I would. Something greater than me had other plans!

After an intense time of highs and lows – we got the greatest news ever! On May 24th, 2005 it was confirmed – parenting twins would be the next stage of our lives. And so it began…I never imaged, for one second, I would be the mother to twin daughters! Today, like most parents, “juggling” is a word I use often! I attempt to “juggle” my full-time job as the Sales and Marketing Director for a catering venue with my job as a mother.

Together with my husband and our families – we make it work! I am so proud to be a part of World Moms Blog. I believe that the lessons I can learn from other mothers are invaluable. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a wonderful community of mothers!

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