We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Girod and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniela, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
It is said that Balance is the key to success, but let’s be honest, we all struggle with it one way or another.
I’m army wife and a stay-at-home mom to one sweet little boy. I personally, have been walking through motherhood, wifehood, while also trying to accomplish some personal goals that I can be proud of.
Now you may be thinking, but she’s a stay-at-home mom, and assume that I sit around a lot, playing with my toddler. Well let me tell you, there is a lot more that goes into it. Make sure that he is fed, bathed, dressed, keep him safe and healthy, play with him even when the laundry is piled up and the sinks is overflowing with dishes, teach him right and wrong, to be strong and kind. And unfortunately in my case, without family close by offering help.
I pour so much of myself in focusing on my son and caring for my family. It’s not as graceful as social media makes it look and there’s a lot of pressure (mostly self imposed) because every parent wants their child to thrive.
And while I know that my time & energy invested are not wasted and being a stay-at-home mom is a privilege that I don’t take it for granted and watching my son develop over these years from a baby to a toddler was been very rewarding. But sometimes it can be exhausting and lonely, so if you’re are a stay at home mom trying to wear all the hats right and still trying to find ME time, which seems like a luxury, you’re not alone.
Balance isn’t achieved overnight, but is something I strive for daily.
One important reminder as a mother is, that dedicating some intentional time to recharge is essential. For me is setting aside some time to channel my creativity, I started a social media platform as a creative outlet to share other fun things that I enjoy outside of motherhood; occasionally taking pictures of fashion, sharing recipes, lifestyle and mom-hacks, to inspire and connect with other women.
Often I can include my son and do something together like a craft or bake together and while my little corner of the internet is still a work in progress, there has been a lot of satisfaction in the process.
What’s more, recently, I signed up for yoga classes and it’s been so nice to use and stretch my body in a new way that now was become a very necessary part of my own well-being, so making time for it is a priority.
Finding balance might look entirely different to you, but finding that unique formula that better balances my wants/needs with my with life obligations has allowed me to better control my routine and happiness.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a proud army family we tend move around a lot so I started a social media platform to share what I was up to with family and friends that didn’t live close. I started posting bits of my day-to-day life experiences and other interests and after having a baby it encouraged me to do something for me, and that’s how it became my creative outlet.
Though, I don’t consider this a full-time job, is something I really enjoy doing but it takes a lot of time and effort, especially when starting. Scheduling a content calendar, hunt the Internet for sales to share, have photos ready and the editing process that goes behind every post.
I enjoy being able to try new items or clothes with an audience that trusts my opinion to buy or try something and it also has allowed me to stay at home with my son and make a small commission through affiliate programs, sponsored posts and partnerships, to contribute in some way to my family’s income.
And while I’m not taking as much time as I probably would need to take to be super successful at this digital creator gig, I’m taking enough time to enjoy it. I stay active with my audience when I can but also being present with my family is a priority.
I find value in this community and this platform has created networks and amazing new relationships with like-minded women.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have family or friends visiting from out of state, a few of my favorite spots to visit in Colorado Springs include:
– Garden of the Gods for its amazing views
– The Broadmoor for a delicious brunch at the Lake Terrace Dining and some time to enjoy the grounds
– A hike of the Manitou Incline to stay active
– A visit to the Pikes Peak summit to appreciate nature and the Rocky Mountains
– For some social activities, good food and community stop at COATI downtown COS