Welcome to Happily Unorganized. I’m Jill and this is the story of my journey raising my two sons. I am currently a full time stay-at-home mom, the most rewarding and unrewarding job I’ve ever had.
A little bit about me. I received my BA in Spanish and Communications at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating, I volunteered for WorldTeach as an English teacher and then continued to work in Ecuador for four years. I came home, freaked out amid the insanity of LA, and then moved out to San Francisco where I found my people. I worked at the YMCA while I got my MA in Education. After graduating, I interned at the Children’s Creativity Museum, spent about five years there and left as the Senior Manager of Education and Exhibits. I was in charge of all educational programming from age two up through high school, a college intern program, field trip programming, and I managed a large team of educators and interns. It was a lot. Managing a team of artists is an intense and super fun experience. I grew so much in that job and in many ways, it helped me become a better mom.
I decided to stay home when I had my first son, Bodhi- quite possibly the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I’ve been home with him for three years now and I have another son, Zane, who is almost 11 months. They are amazing little beings who challenge me every day. My older son is about to turn three and he’s smart. He asks questions. He wants to know more. And my parenting journey gets harder.
Our Spiritual Journey.
My husband and I consider ourselves spiritual. Before kids, that was enough for me. But as a mother, I need to figure out on what path we’re leading our children. Being raised Catholic gave me a platform to question things. Fueled by these questions, my personal spiritual journey led me away from the organized church and into an exploration of meaning, of values and often of more questions, that I hope to continue for the rest of my life. But because my children are not being brought up within an organized religion, how will they know what to question and where to look for meaning? How will they develop their own spiritual vocabulary to ask those questions and start their own personal journeys? We’re going to have to work for it. Along this journey, I may not be able to answer the questions I have below, but I want to make sure I’m always trying to.
Am I raising my children to be freethinkers and ask questions?
Am I raising them to be open-minded, empathetic, and tolerant?
Are they able to be mindful and present in life?
Am I truly modeling the values that I want my children to have?
I feel my own spirituality best through nature. Am I giving my children the opportunity to experience and revel in nature?
Am I supporting them as they explore what resonates for them spiritually?
My most important job right now is trying to raise two kind, generous, freethinking and open-minded human beings who will grow up to change our world. I hope that by making our journey public, I can help even just one other person raise another good human being.
I’m bringing you along for the ride. We’re going to read lots of books. We’re going to do some art. We’re going to cook and sing and hike. We’ll do lots of really important things. And we’ll do some things that won’t make a difference but they’ll make us happy.