Meet our friend Ana of Lucky Penny Blog. She is a mom of two little girls, blogging about her experiences in Brooklyn, New York. Out of the many things we admire about Ana, her passion for self discovery is one we highly commend. It can be easy to forget about ourselves as life goes on, pulling our attention towards motherhood, marriage, work or whatever it may be --- But Ana is teaching us that it is possible to find joy and success in those areas while still creating opportunities for self exploration.
Read her #thehatswewear interview below to learn more about her journey and solo trip to Paris with her 'Marsha' hat!
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
I'm a mother, a wife, a creative, a daughter and sister, a friend, and I'm anxious to see what hat I chose as my "career". I got pregnant with Edith right after college and have been a stay at home mom ever since. I didn't have time to pursue a full-time career so I'm still figuring out what really drives me outside of the home and I'm really excited to what that new chapter in life brings me.
Which hat do you find most rewarding? The hat that really is the most rewarding is that of a Mom. Watching these girls grow, learn, get messy, get hurt, feel love, make new friends, see a new place for the first time...every single interaction I witness in their lives is a pleasure and honor.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?I think my hat as a wife is the most challenging. What I wasn't expecting in becoming a parent was the difficulties I would face in my marriage as a result. It's been a long and bumpy road but this journey has been so eye-opening to my own faults and has shown me to how to really love a person for who they are.
What hats are least known about you? The hat least known about me is wanderer. I passed up so many opportunities to travel the world when I was a girl that now I'm trying my best to make up for it. While I've lived and visited a lot of the United States, I really want to see the world. My solo trip to Paris a few weeks ago was the beginning for that. Traveling alone definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to be self-reliant and introspective in a way I hadn't been in years.
Who or what inspires you? My friends. I have met the most incredible women, most of whom live in my neighborhood, that are all doing a million creative things all while being incredible mothers. I am constantly inspired by their motivation and devotion.