Since starting this vision of Super Moms, and beginning to create a community of women who celebrate each other and value each other’s worth, I have met some incredible women. There is no shortage of amazing women in this world, and I feel so honored to share their stories. Today’s Super Mom has overcome a ton and is here today to share her tale in this week’s version of Super Moms- May They Inspire Us. Her name is Katina Davenport and she is the creator of Desk Of Katina Davenport
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Let’s start! Can you tell my friends who you are?
Hey, I’m Katina! I am a loving person who wants to live doing what she loves while raising a family. I’m an author, blogger, wife, and homeschool mom of 3! I have 2 girls 9 and 2 years old. My son is 5.
Katina, I am so glad you are here! As of today, what is your biggest accomplishment? And saying, family, is cheating!
After everything I have been through in my health, I still want to dance. I have found the courage to even think about joining a dance class at the same dance studio I attended. My daughter goes to the same studio now. It would be a dream come true to dance on stage with her.
Speaking of health, I know that has been your biggest struggle. Can you tell my friends what it is that you have dealt with in the past?
I was diagnosed with a condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, at the age of 32. It is a condition where the sweat glands in the armpits and groin are blocked. Then boils start to form. It is so painful. It impacted my first blog, which was a dance blog. I could no longer run my dance webinars online. I felt really bad because I was couldn’t do fun things with my children. Although I had been suffering from the disease after my son was born, I was still able to be a fun mom. Then one day it got so bad I laid on the couch for about 2 months. I had postpartum depression on top of everything that happened and somehow still managed to run homeschool and change diapers.
I did it in pain, but it got better. Things started getting better when I started eating right, praying, and staying away from stressful situations. Eventually, I had baby number 3. I started to feel even better once my tubes were tied and I stopped breastfeeding. These outbreaks no longer happen!
I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. What does a typical day look like for your and the kids?
A typical day consists of coffee, washing dishes, throwing in a load to wash, changing the baby, and opening my laptop to write before the children wake up. That is my morning routine. After my morning routine, I am often running after my 2-year-old who loves to go into the kitchen, open the refrigerator, and bark orders for food. (usually, it’s a hard boiled egg) Then I have to catch her because she goes into my 9-year-old’s room to wake her. My 5-year-old is very crabby in the morning so I try to spare her. Once everyone is up, they complete their morning routine (washing up, brushing their teeth, and putting on clothes). Then it is play time until breakfast is served. After breakfast, it’s cleanup time, homeschool work, then lunch. My 2 year old loves to play until about 2. That is when I put her down for a nap. Thank God she naps for a long time otherwise, I wouldn’t get any writing done. I try to get most of my work completed between nap and bedtime. My husband takes over the kids for me when he comes home. Then it is dinner, bath, and bedtime.
Your day sounds, tiring! How do you decompress after an especially long day?
I try to go to sleep….try. It doesn’t always come easy.
Being a homeschooling mom of 3, what are the ways that help you stay productive each day?
I have a morning routine, homeschool routine, and a blogging routine. The rest is just going with the flow. I realized that I can not live by a to-do-list. I have a basic routine that I can easily remember. Anything else is fair game. My appointments are always noted and scheduled.
If you could trade places for the day (alive or not) who would it be and why?
I would trade places with my 2-year-old. She has my personality the most out of all of my children. A lot of the things she does my mom confirms that I did similar things too. I didn’t grow up with my father in the home. I would want to know what it feels like to have a dad that comes home every day.
Life often throws a wrench into our plans, causing them to go awry. When this happens, how do you react?
Truthfully, sometimes I can be an overreactor. I think of the worse possible scenarios. When I am done exhausting myself I usually surrender to those life distractions.
My husband always says what you resist will persist. So, I let it go and just deal with it.
Have you ever gotten unsolicited advice that was so outlandish you had no response? What was it? And the very best advice?
To be honest, most people do not offer up advice to me, but rather come to me to get some. Best advice I have ever gotten? “Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. Rest when you need to.”
Everyone has a favorite quote or words to live by. What are yours?
Mother Theresa was once asked in an interview how she was able to feed so many starving people. She answered that she feeds herself first and then she feeds the people. When you’re in a position to serve, you can’t serve being weak and feeble. The giver must remain strong. Therefore, I live by nourishing myself first before I nourish those around me. I can’t pour from an empty cup.
Is there anything else you would like to share with other inspiring super moms?
Please remember to make yourself a priority.
She’s so super
Katina makes a lot of great points. You can not pour from an empty cup is my most favorite line. What I think she is really saying is to take care of you before you keep trying to take care of others. You are no good to others if you are not well. This was such an inspirational post, and I really love how Katina did not let her illness hold her down. She may have suffered, but she still came out on top. She is such a strong woman, and I hope that I am half the mama she is!
Take this away:
I hope that if you take anything away from this it’s that no matter what life has to throw at you that you are strong enough to make it through it. And Katina, I want to thank you, both for sharing your story and being so strong for your babies. They may not know fully what you went through but I promise you they are thankful that you are better.
If you are ready to share your story as a Super Mom like Katina and the other Super Moms, why not start by joining us on Facebook. I have created an online community for hot mess moms and super moms alike and we would love to have you! You can join here!
Until next time…
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