The Loneliness of Motherhood // Turtle & Hare Photography // Virginia Wedding & Portrait Photography & Videography

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I’ve talked about being authentic on here before; how my goal as a photographer and person is to be open, honest, and loving with those around me. So, today I’m talking about the isolation life can bring. Maybe you’re not a mom, but you work or study from home. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home-mom and you quite literally feel like that is all you do- stay.at.home. Wherever you’re at, the isolation and loneliness is real. #thestruggleisreal

I have to say, it’s not all bad. Working in sweats sans makeup or brushed hair is what I do best. I have mastered the “natural” look. On days I know we aren’t going anywhere, I shamelessly dress my child in clothing that makes her look like a clashy living, breathing patchwork quilt. Today is actually one of those days. We are not exactly “instagram ready,” but we are fine. She’s taking a much needed nap while I’m writing this post and getting some other work out of the way. Even though it’s freezing, it’s sunny outside and we have enjoyed some pleasant play time together.

And then there are other days when I’m struggling to even get my teeth brushed and my angelic darling is thrashing on the floor in a rage over a broken crayon that won’t fix itself. There’s no Help Desk to call up and fix the obvious Trojan Virus that’s overrun my child’s harddrive. Days are hard; nights are hard. Cold weather leads to many days stuck inside. Home is our lifeline that we are frequently tethered to. It can be easy to forget that other people are also experiencing their own kind of isolation. We’re all tethered to our own homes and routines, making it difficult to connect with one another.

Here’s the truth though. I am not alone. You are not alone. Call me a cockeyed optimist, but we are all in this together. So, call a friend that you think needs some encouragement, text someone you miss. And try to find the humor when your angelic darling is throwing a fit over a broken crayon.

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