Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello, I'm Allie. Besides being a mother, I'm also a proud bonus mom. I entered my bonus son's life when he was just two years old. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I didn't anticipate the challenges. Postpartum anxiety hit me hard, and even now, I continue to grapple with it. Recently, I re-entered the workforce after a six-year break. This journey has helped me rediscover myself, understand my aspirations, and navigate the delicate balance between my roles as a mother and a professional. It has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.
What do you love most about being a mom?
Let's be honest, keeping up with my sassy, five-year-old daughter, Ava, is quite the challenge. Describing my love for her is difficult, as it feels like there's no limit to the affection I have for her. She's truly my mini companion and best friend. Motherhood is daunting and not meant for the faint-hearted, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else.
What aspect of motherhood challenges you to grow into your highest self?
Each time I feel I've embraced a new phase, it swiftly shifts the next day. Ava is constantly evolving, as am I. Trusting others with her has been the most challenging part. Having been a survivor of sexual assault by someone extremely close, I strive tirelessly to shield Ava from any similar experience. I ensure we have difficult conversations, ensuring she understands that she's always secure with me, no matter what.
How has being a mom shaped you into your present self?
Becoming a mother has reshaped me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through the challenges and joys of parenting, I've learned resilience, patience, and a depth of love I never knew existed. It has urged me to confront my vulnerabilities, and in doing so, I've evolved into a more compassionate, strong, and self-aware individual.
As a mom, some days can be a struggle. How do you reset when you feel overwhelmed, or find a moment of bliss in the chaos?
In times when it feels like the world's burdens are resting squarely on my shoulders, I seek comfort in taking long drives. I'm particularly passionate about discovering amazing clearance deals, yet since my return to work, finding time for this pursuit has been challenging. Therefore, the opportunity to break away occasionally and indulge in the hunt for these deals is something I truly anticipate and cherish.
What's your favorite spot in San Diego to take the kiddos?
We enjoy being on the move, whether it's at a nearby park, a family-friendly local brewery, or simply unwinding at home, cherishing quality time together.
As a family, we not only cherish spending time outdoors but also share a common love for sweet treats. Visiting Up2You Cafe with the kids for some crepes and ice cream is one of our favorite things to do.
Thank you so much for sharing a part of your journey! What do you have for local San Diego moms, and where can we find you?
I run a small business specializing in custom t-shirts and cups, which you can explore on Instagram @mamaallieinc. Additionally, I hold a full-time position as the campaign manager at @realdogbox. Real Dog Box is a San Diego-based monthly dog subscription company, known for its single-ingredient treats and chews, free from additives or preservatives – just pure meat. Our entire process, from start to finish, takes place in our San Diego kitchen.