#FierceFriday is a weekly feature on Everything’s Coming Up Rosie (ecurosie) – celebrating all the incredibly inspiring and kick-ass women out there! With that, I am excited to share this week’s interview with mom blogger Barrie Bismark.
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I recently put a call out to Facebook and Twitter to see if anyone would be interested in participating in #FierceFriday. As Barrie and I follow each other on Twitter she reached out to me when she saw the post. I am happy to share her story today!
In this week’s interview, some of the highlights are: how she juggles being a mom, wife, and a blogger. The one thing that she can’t live without! And the challenges that she’s faced in blogging.
Let’s get started!
Share Your Story Barrie
Hi Barrie, Please tell us a little about you.
I would describe myself as sarcastic, vocal, and strong-willed. I have a husband who I have been married to for 11 years and three beautiful children boy (8), girl (6), and girl (3). I love spending as much time as I can with my husband and children. Being a mom is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. I am amazed every day at the chaos, laughs, adventures, and exhaustion that motherhood brings.
I currently work full-time and fit in writing whenever I can. I love doing it!
How did you begin your blogging/ career?
This kind of came out of nowhere for me. I really didn’t even know that I liked to write. Earlier this year I had some major life changes. I was unexpectedly let go from a job I had given my all to for the last decade and we lost my mother-in-law after a long, hard battle with ovarian cancer. It was a very emotional time in so many ways and there was a lot of anger, sadness, and stress. One day I just started writing down my feelings and then that just morphed into my blog and now, writing is a new found passion for me. I don’t know how I have lived without it for so long!
Describe a typical day for you.
A typical day for me is just pure chaos… It usually starts out by waking up at the crack of dawn and getting three kids ready and out the door for school. I work full-time so I then drive an hour and a half to my full-time job, work all day, then drive an hour and a half home. Then…I get to make dinner, run the kids to sports, get homework done, and then put them to bed. Finally, I get an entire hour to myself to pick up the mess and maybe watch a quick show (if I can stay awake). Then off to bed, I go to do it all again the next day.
What twists and turns have you faced in your blogging/life and how have you dealt with it?
Blogging is definitely a lot different than I expected it to be. At first, I just thought I would write and post and people would read. I had absolutely no idea how much there is to do to promote, design, and maintain a blog. Sometimes it is very discouraging when you promote and promote but you don’t see your views and subscribers go up. But…I just keep at it. It’s something I love to do, so I am determined to be successful. When I started all I wanted was people to hear my story…so I guess I can say that I have exceeded that goal!
Random question. You just can’t live without?
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Perfect Sunday…It would start by sleeping in and waking up on my own. Not by a screaming child. Head out to church, maybe to brunch and then home to relax and spend time with the family.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I honestly have no idea. I didn’t see myself where I am now five years ago. My life has drastically changed in the last year, so I honestly don’t know. I would hope that I would be a successful writer, transitioned out of my full-time job responsibilities, and being the best mom I can be to my children.
What has been your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is being a mom. There is nothing more rewarding (and frustrating at the same time) as being a mom to my three lovely children.
What do you consider worthwhile investment(s) when it comes to self-development ?
That is a tough one. I think that you need to do what makes you happy…but there is always a limit on what you can do financially, etc. I would just say do whatever you can within your means to do what you love to do. It’s always good to learn new things, challenge yourself, and try your best in anything.
Fill in the blank. Happiness is…
Silence…plain and simple. Quiet. Nothing is better.
Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)
About Barrie Bismark
I’m Barrie. I’m sarcastic, vocal, stubborn, strong willed, and kind of a pain in the ass. I have a husband who I have been married to for 11 years and three beautiful children boy (8), girl (6), and girl (3). I currently work full-time and in my free time I enjoy….oh wait. I have no free time. I love spending as much time as I can with my husband and children.
I have been featured on Scary Mommy, Babble, Parent Co., Sammiches and Psych Meds, Her View From Home, For Every Mom, The Tribe Magazine, and am a contributing writer for Modern Mom.
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