Hello, new friend! I’m Sarah, and I’m so glad you are visiting me here on my blog. I started Mother Nurse Love after the birth of my first child in 2017. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing at the time, but I knew I needed some sort of outlet for the exhaustion, overwhelm and burnout I was feeling as a registered nurse and new mom. My goal was to find more effective ways to take better care of myself and make my life a little easier. And by researching and writing about my experiences, it helped me find new solutions to help me live a happier, healthier life – both at work and home. (I wrote a post about how I became a nurse mom blogger if you want to read more about it).
I am truly passionate about helping other nurse moms take better care of themselves too. After all, when we take good care of ourselves first, we are able to give more of ourselves to others. Plus, as nurses and moms, it is our responsibility to be good role models to both our children and our patients. How can we expect others to listen to us when we don’t practice what we preach?
On the blog my passion manifests itself as posts about being a nurse and mom on topics such as: nurse health, managing nurse burnout, work-life balance, being a working mom, breastfeeding during 12 hour shifts, nurse financial health (such as paying off all my nursing school loans in under a year), and various other aspects of motherhood, just to name a few things. I am constantly trying to make my life a little easier on myself. (On another note… joining a gym with a childcare on site has been a game-changer for my quality of life!).
#1. I have a degree in journalism.
In my old Chico State college days, I was a journalism major and newspaper writer. Fast forward many years, a few career changes, and a whole lot of life, I discovered I have a long suppressed passion for writing. I am also a little obsessed with lifelong learning and can’t help dabbling in new endeavors that cross my way, specifically, new career paths or education of any kind. Aren’t new experiences what life is all about?
#2. My husband and I were together for 8 years before we decided to start a family.
My husband and I met oh-so-romantically at a bar in Hermosa Beach, California in 2006. We share a love for music, concerts and weekly date nights. Before babies, we were pretty actively social and spent a lot of time traveling internationally and doing lots of fun stuff together. We were together for almost 8 years before we even decided to expand our family. Then we ecstatically welcomed our daughter after being together for a little over 9 years. Now here we are, a family of four!
We got engaged while traveling through Italy in a castle somewhere in Tuscany. Needless to say it was the most awesome and memorable trip ever!
#3. The nutribullet is my favorite cooking tool.
My husband did not marry me for my cooking skills. Although I have come a long way since the beginning! I cook pretty frequently for my family now although I still don’t consider myself an expert by any means. However, I am a chef extraordinaire of the nutribullet and mixing ingredients together in a bowl. I just don’t have the patience for long recipes and spending an ungodly amount of time in the kitchen. For that reason I am a huge fan of meals with 4 ingredients or less, mostly organic whole foods. Easier preparation often means healthier and less processed anyway.
Parenthood is the best. It has added a dimension to our lives that I never dreamed possible, both crazy and amazing, but mostly just amazing. As I learn new things as a mother I try to write about them. I am also using this writing platform as an excuse to research topics that I am interested in learning more about as a parent and nurse, as you will see in some of my writing.
#4. Before I became a nurse I sold medical equipment to hospital operating rooms.
Before I became a registered nurse, I worked on the business side of healthcare as a medical sales rep. I worked in the competitive field of surgical equipment sales for a fortune 100 company and a few medical device startups. After 9 exhausting but exciting years I made the difficult decision to leave the field in pursuit of greater clinical medical knowledge and a desire to help humankind. So I went back to college.
Three years later I emerged with a BS in Nursing and a whole new journey ahead. I began my career specializing on a Neuroscience and Stroke unit and earned certifications as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse. In 2017, I began a new phase in my nursing career as an Emergency Room RN. I love being an emergency room nurse and have found my calling as a nurse.