Next up in “I Don´t Know How She Does It” we have Aimee Gonzalez Niebuhr from Mama Centric. Aimee is not only a homeschooling mom of 3 but is also an amazing writer (as if homeschooling 2 kids while entertaining a baby wasn´t busy enough yet!). I really admire this awesome mama because she writes so pure, so honest and so raw that it´s hard not to be moved after reading her stories. I have no idea when she finds the time to pour her heart out on paper between being a SAHM of 3 and her husband having a very tough working schedule so I figured this super mama must either not sleep or be a complete coffee addict (but probably both).
Check out her tips to get it all done!
Q: Please introduce yourself, why do you think people around you might think “I don´t know how she does it”?
A: Hi, there! I’m Aimee, wife and mama of three, sweet wildlings living the dream in Austin, Texas. I am often asked how I manage to keep my sanity while homeschooling my two older boys and keeping up with their baby sister, ever on the go, while managing my household, relationships, blog, and budding freelance writing career as my husband works long, and often late, hours. It’s a hectic life, but it’s our life, and we kind of love it
Q: What does your typical weekday look like?
A: I usually try to get up, grab coffee, and start working on freelancing or blogging at around 5 am, before my three kids wake. My husband is usually out the door before our little ones are up, and often won’t arrive home until after they are in bed. Much of our day revolves around our kitchen table, if we aren’t sharing a meal (we love cooking together!), we are working on schoolwork as my sweet baby girl explores the world around us. After lunch, I try to coordinate the boys’ quiet time with baby’s naptime, during which I work a bit more. Afternoons are for meeting up with our homeschool co-op group, getting outdoors, and catching up on neverending laundry. Evenings are usually a mad dash as I balance dinner, bath and bedtime for all three. At night, I typically finish up any work left undone or catch some snuggle time with my man.
Read also: Making New Memories This Christmas
Q: What is your secret to get it all done?
A: Oh, dear. I’m not sure if I have a secret; truthfully, I have experienced so much change in the past year since having a third baby and launching a blog and career, that I sometimes feel a bit in over my head. I think that what works best for me is planning ahead, giving myself grace, knowing that getting everything done is nearly impossible, and involving my children in helping out as much as they can. We are really big on teamwork in our home. Without it, life just wouldn’t work!
Q: What do you do when you feel like you´re close to a break down?
A: I get outside! Sunlight and the sounds of nature always boost my mood. And if I still need a pick me up after a walk, I focus on my purpose for beginning this crazy journey in the first place. Usually, getting to the heart of my passion reminds me that this is a journey towards personal peace and fulfillment, and I am reminded that even on the bad days, there is always something beautiful to be celebrated.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Sleep? Haha. How about ice cream, then Netflix, then sleep. 🙂
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: My children, for sure. I need them to know that resiliency is the key to a happy and fulfilled life. Are we going to have moments of struggle, defeat, or sorrow? Sure. But it is how we handle these inevitable moments which will ultimately measure our joy and success.
Q: What is your favourite activity with your kids?
A: So many! I truly enjoy watching the world come to life through their curiosity and imagination. I love reading aloud to them, having dance parties, baking together, creating art, and taking hikes.
Q: What would be your advice for other busy moms to get the most out of their day?
A: Have a plan for your day. Stay hydrated and nourish yourself well. Immerse yourself in whatever task you are working on and be fully present. DON’T compare your journey to another’s. Find a moment to breathe, laugh, and cuddle someone, no matter how busy you are. Give thanks for your chaos, because, after all, it is no one else’s chaos but your own, and there is beauty in that.
Read also: Choosing Joy Over Grief
Q: What else do we need to know about you?
A: It has taken me quite some time to find the courage to pursue my passions, and now that I have chosen to jump in headfirst and have found such fulfillment, I want to encourage as many mamas out there who might be hesitant to honor themselves or their dreams to simply dive in and do the same. I love books, but often begin to read them and forget to finish them for months. I love coffee, but often pour a second cup and then forget to drink it. I love humanity, but often feel so entangled in the world’s joy and sadness that sometimes I have to step back for a moment and
hide away. I will never say no to Thai takeout or chips and salsa; will adamantly protest watching a scary movie with you; think there is no better feeling than the earth beneath bare feet; and wish that newborns and sticky little kid hugs would keep forever.
If you want to read more about Aimee, make sure to check out her very inspiring blog Mama Centric (you should, I swear this girl is one of the best writers I know!) and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Have you checked out the previous “I Don´t Know How She Does It”?
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – Inspiring Moms
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with Kelsey van Kirk from The HomeLoving Wife
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with JeeYoung Dubs from Simply + Every
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with Lauren Berger from Working Mom Magic
Photo credit: @mamacentric on Instagram