Hey there! I’m so happy to welcome you to my corner of the blogosphere. 🙂
I know we just met, but I want to get to know you a little bit better — and my favorite way to do that is by asking you some questions!
(If you have ever played the board game Loaded Questions, it’s kind of like that.)
So let’s get started!
What is your biggest problem?
I am going to throw some questions out there and I want you to see if any sticks like spaghetti on a wall.
Do you feel like you are constantly battling against time, trying to do #allthethings?
Like getting a hearty meal on the table for your family?
Or even simply having the time to sit down at the table with your family to eat together?
Does your home never feel quite put together enough?
Maybe it’s that basket of laundry that has been side-eyeing you for over a week.
Or maybe it’s the snide comments from your spouse about how the house is constantly messy, even though you spend all day working.
Whatever the case, does it feel like you are constantly fighting a losing battle against the overwhelm of creeping clutter and disorganization?
Do you feel like you are never doing enough?
The neighbor’s kid speaks three languages and meanwhile, you are just trying to make sure your child isn’t licking doorknobs (been there, cleaned that).
Are you feeling the pressure to teach your children and enrich their minds, but you don’t know how to fit these activities into your daily grind, much less make them fun?
Do you ever just want more?
More time to do the things that you want?
More money so that you can have the freedom to explore new hobbies or maybe even work from home by starting your own business?
More out of life — but you don’t even know what you need or where to start?
If any this resonates with you, I want to help!
I feel like I have known you my entire life — looking at you is like looking in a mirror.
I too have struggled against the overwhelm, the feelings of inadequacy, wanting so much more while struggling to keep up with all the needs of a demanding family.
That’s why I started this blog
My mission is to help busy homemakers reclaim their time and freedom by giving them the knowledge they need to build the fun and balanced lifestyle of their dreams.
What does that mean?
A balanced lifestyle can mean different things to different people. It might mean:
- Getting a meal on the table and having the time to sit down with your family to enjoy it
- Finally eliminating clutter and getting organized
- Rediscovering forgotten creativity and embracing new hobbies
- Improving your families finances and fighting debt with creative side hustles
Most of us aren’t looking for perfection — instead, we are looking for happiness.
Why Squirrels of a Feather
What better animal to represent the busy homemaker than the industrious squirrel?
Squirrels are constantly busy, running about in a frenzy, trying to find what they need in case winter comes.
But squirrels are also smart and resourceful — if you don’t believe me, just watch them figure out how to steal food from a bird feeder!
Squirrels are a busy homemakers’ spirit animal — embrace it
When I was trying to think of a name for this blog the saying, “birds of a feather flock together” kept repeating in my head, over and over.
When I thought of adding a “twist” (the squirrel) it all clicked into place!
Squirrels of a Feather — creative homemaking together!
A little more about me
It wouldn’t be fair to ask you all these questions without telling you more about myself in turn, so here it goes!
My name is Marissa and I am a former adult rehabilitation hospital speech-language pathologist (try saying that five times fast!)
I currently live with my husband and our two rambunctious boys on the East Coast, close to New York. However, we have also lived near the beautiful lakefront of Chicago, in the bustling city of Shanghai, and in the quiet suburbs of Indiana (where I grew up).
(In fact, we have moved five times in six years and I am SO OVER moving.)
A few facts about me:
- I have been financially independent since I was 18 years old. My mother passed away when I was nine (cervical cancer) and my father when I was 20 (liver cirrhosis), and I have lived mostly on my own while my father was alive but ill.
- I taught myself how to cook. I was raised on microwave dinners, fast food, and tacos. I thought that McDonald’s and Chinese takeout were the epitome of haute cuisine as a kid. (Okay, Chinese takeout still rocks.) I survived college thanks to Chef Boyardee and ramen noodles. It wasn’t until I met my husband (a former restaurant owner) that I started getting interested in cooking and found out I had a knack for it!
- I also taught myself Mandarin Chinese. Because my husband’s parents don’t speak English, I decided I needed to learn ASAP and taught myself. Find out how I did it here.
- I am not naturally neat, tidy, or a good mother. I struggle with everything you struggle with, staying organized, raising kids, sticking to a budget, you name it! Every change that I have made has been tough!
- I am a veteran side hustler. After decluttering with the KonMari method (way before she started her Netflix show) I realized I could turn my clutter into cold hard cash and made $15,000 selling it on eBay. That, in turn, inspired me to start this blog, to help others explore their passions and maybe even make a little money while doing so!
Yes, change is tough and a little scary — but I know that if I can make these changes, you can too!
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