Hi, I’m Samantha Brandon.
Up until 2020, I was living the American Dream. Had a good childhood, graduated with my Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Minor in Business Administration. Accepted into graduate school for a Doctor of Pharmacy. After graduation, entered into a highly sought out residency. Landed the dream pharmacist job thereafter. Married my high school sweetheart, bought a house, and had two children.
Sounds like the perfect life, right?!?!?
Well, not really. Behind those beautiful Instagram stories, we were so unhappy. Our income somehow barely paid for our expenses, daycare, and student loans (LOANS of $400,000 PLUS. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT). We were stressed, overworked, and did it all for what? To let someone else raise our kids 10 hours a day? Now don’t get me wrong, I knew I was still doing pretty well, that many other people are so much less fortunate. But that made me think, how could I possibly be so unhappy with everything I have?
And then worst happened. The pandemic in 2020 while pregnant meant total isolation. 2021 started off with a bang with my dad being nearly killed by a drunk driver. Six months later I suffered from a spinal CSF leak, which has left me bedridden with around 30 minutes to 3 hours of upright time per day every since. I went from a 60 hour/week working mom to being mostly couchbound, living with in-laws unable to care for my own children overnight. The first six months I went through the vicious illness cycle of anger, depression, grieving my old self.
But then, something happened. I realized I was HAPPY, even though disabled.
I was home all day with my kids, even though it was with limited capacity. I could play dress up with 2 year old daughter and reenact Raya with pretend dragon gems. I was able to witness by 1 year old son’s first steps and not miss it while I was at work. Living with in-laws meant more financial freedom.
I LOVE working. I love helping others. I love the hustle and bustle. I also love being a mom. Why should I have to continually choose one at the expense of the other? Well, truth be told, I’m not going to anymore.
That is why I have created and dedicated this blog is to help all the #workingmoms and #SAHM’s find the tools they need to improve their lives. Every mom deserves their happy home, whatever that may look like. This blog is for the women who want to enjoy motherhood and pursue their ambitions, without sacrificing either one of them.