Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Cronquist.
Molly, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Molly and 3 is about my life with my husband, Jerod, and my two little girls, Avery and Austyn.
I started my blog in September 2018. The two years prior to that, I was in an online Master’s program. When the program was complete, I realized I missed writing. The program gave me something to work on and set goals for outside of being a mom or wife. It gave me this drive and confidence I realized I wanted more of!
I enjoy creating content for my blog and love connecting with other women! Being a parent is the most rewarding thing I have ever done, but it is also the hardest. My husband and I found out we were pregnant about one month after our wedding. I went straight from planning a wedding to planning to be a mom.
I have spent the last three years trying to navigate through the waters of being a newlywed and a new mom. I am trying to figure out how to take care of myself; raise two little girls; flirt with my husband; and make sure the house doesn’t look like a bomb went off on the daily. I enjoy sharing my fails, and also finds that make my day a bit easier.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a blog was not a smooth road for me. Figuring out all the different layers that go into starting one was confusing (and still makes my head spin sometimes). I am not very tech savvy when it comes to stuff like that, but I didn’t want to spend the money to have someone create it for me.
There is something very empowering about watching YouTube videos on how to code and set up a site all by yourself! Did I want to throw my computer out the window a few times? You bet. But seeing my finished site is so rewarding!!
Writing about the harder parts of parenting has been therapeutic for me, but also terrifying. When I first started I was scared what others would think. I was scared that I was writing about too raw of topics. But I realized, this is my blog. The women that need, or want to read about those tougher topics can. I have learned that being vulnerable is a beautiful thing.
The advice I would give women about starting their blogging journey is this:
-Give yourself grace. You may not know all the answers and that is okay. You are not dumb. You rock because you are trying to learn something new! It is okay to ask for help. I bet I called customer service daily for a week to ask for guidance on situations I could not figure out by myself.
-Be yourself. Nobody is perfect. Sharing your flaws and being vulnerable is what will make you unique and relatable.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I want to create a fun, safe space for women that feel like we are sitting on the couch having a beer together. Girlfriends just sharing what worked or didn’t work for them for weight-loss; where to find the best, most affordable home décor; what store has the best deals on summer dresses; etc.
I am also not afraid to talk about “taboo topics” of being a new mom. I honestly wish I had a girlfriend that shared her struggles with me so I could confide in her. I have battled with post-partum depression; I have lost a child from a miscarriage; and I went through the slow recovery process after a c-section. The highs and lows have made me who I am.
Through my blog, I hope to help at least one woman. Help that one woman find a new dress that makes her feel confident for date night, have the courage to ask for help while battling PPD, or to start that DIY project.
It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I don’t read as much as I should but I love Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. As far as podcasts, I relate so much to Mommies Tell All with Jade Tolbert and Carly Waddell. They are hilarious!!
I have also learned this past year, through my weight-loss journey, that working out is like my meditation. It helps me stay calm during the chaos and happy throughout my daily life.
So, really anything that helps put a smile on my face and reminds me to have confidence in myself is what I try to make time for. 🙂
My cute husband 😉