Welcome to Chicken Scratch Diaries!

 

Hi there!  I’m so happy you’re here.

I hope this will be a (virtual) place where you can sit down, relax and take a breather from the daily chaos.  I also hope you’ll find inspiration for living with purpose and intention, simplifying and enjoying your “mom life” even more.

Because truly, life seems to rush by at such a hectic pace when you’re juggling a marriage, kids, and a career (or any of those combinations).

I’m a wife and mom to four kiddos and I understand the struggles modern families face.  Over the years, I’ve worked full-time, part-time, in the workplace and at home (and at times all of the above!).  It’s tough to find balance in daily life while making time to reach your long-term goals for yourself and your family.

And isn’t that what most of us are looking for?  More time with the people we love, less stress in our daily schedules and to feel connected to others without feeling overwhelmed.

My Background

My life and my goals changed dramatically after I became a mom.  I left graduate school after we learned we were expecting our first child and spent 10 years working in the legal field.  After our second daughter was born, I was starting to become restless and I never quite found the balance I craved as a working mom.  I had a lot of responsibilities at work that seemed to overflow to my home life and I began looking for a new career path that allowed more time with my children.

After researching different options I decided, somewhat on a whim, to enroll in an online transcription school.  Shortly after graduating, we found out we were expecting baby #3.  I decided that now was the time to make a change.  I found work in legal transcription- a job that I could do completely from home – and left my job at the law firm a few months later.

It was a scary decision, leaving a steady job for contract work that came with no guarantees and no benefits!  But I knew the Lord would provide as He had provided this opportunity and had granted my desire to be at home with my kids.

Faith

It’s funny how life ebbs and flows.  Even though I loved being at home full time, I eventually transitioned back into an office job as an executive director of our local Pregnancy Resource Center, where I’ve been serving for over four years now.  It was definitely a “calling” that I ran from for a while, to be honest. 😉  But I’m so glad I took another leap of faith.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to do this job partly from home.  Once again, God provided me with the ability to be able to care for my children and continue working – which although isn’t easy, it’s been an amazing blessing, especially after welcoming baby #4 into our nest.

In this position I’ve seen even more clearly the unique challenges women face in raising their families.  In individual mentoring and teaching parenting classes, my eyes have been opened even more to the need for supporting other moms right where they are – and encouraging them that they can do this.  

Serving others is my joy, and I’ve also discovered that my passion for writing is another way I can serve – and find fulfillment.  This blog has been a long time in the making, but well worth the journey.

Why I started this website

Over the years, I’ve worked with, ministered to and developed friendships with women and mothers from a wide range of backgrounds — from high-powered career women to moms just struggling to survive.  I’ve noticed that no matter our social status, we all struggle to raise our families in a way that aligns with our beliefs, fits into our budget, and creates the kind of legacy that we envisioned from the beginning.

Family

I’m a perfectionist by nature, and let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy to embrace simplicity.  I’m learning that slowing down is an art that we have to practice with laser-focus.  No matter how busy we are, we can choose our priorities each day.  We can let go of some things for this season in life.  We can find moments of rest, and still love our people well.

So it’s my hope to inspire you in your faith and encourage you in your calling as a mom.  I also hope to provide practical solutions to topics such as saving money, managing your home and becoming intentional with your time.  As we tackle these key areas, I believe we become better equipped to take care of ourselves and enjoy life more.

Sit down, have a cup of coffee with me and join our chicken-scratch-mom community — imperfect, sometimes messy, but always genuine.  I can’t wait to see how we can learn and grow together.

~Brandi