The Little Things are the Big Things

November 2, 2012 6 Comments TAGS: Interviews, Marriage, Motherhood, Relationships

I don’t often share the press we receive, but yesterday, two nice interviews came out and I wanted to share them with you. One of the interviewers used my answer to title the article. I’m so glad they did, because it is how I feel. The little things truly ARE the big things in life. I don’t think we realize this enough.

I was honored to be named ‘Super Mom of the Week’ on a great website Big City Moms that features super moms. Looking at the list of women, I am humbled to be in their company.

BCM – How did your life change when you became a mom?
Erica – It was like getting hit over the head by a ton of bricks. It changed everything – my life, my career, my marriage, but for the BETTER. Every day isn’t roses, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

BCM – What has been your most memorable moment (s) as a mom?
Erica – When I gave birth to my second son, and was holding my newborn in one arm, and my 3 year old in my other arm, in the hospital bed. There wasn’t a more surreal (or scary) moment as a mom. These two little baby boys are depending on me. I better not screw this up!

Read the full interview on Big City Moms where I also give the 5 steps to starting your own business.

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With all that you do in your daily life like speaking, writing, volunteering, raising kids, etc… how do you balance or make time for your husband? Do you deliberately schedule time together? What has worked well?

Erica- We are committed to our marriage and to each other, so we make sure to make the time. Even when we’re exhausted! Hilly and I have been together for over 17 years, and I can safely say that even the most loving, passionate relationships require work and commitment. We are both extremely busy people, and juggling our family and professional lives can sometimes leave little opportunity for ‘us time’. We recently just escaped to New York for a quick romantic getaway, giving us the opportunity to just enjoy each other, away from the kids and stresses of work. I once got a great piece advice from a man recently divorced – he said “put your husband before your kids.” I think there might be some great wisdom in this. If the couple breaks down, the family unit breaks down.

Setting aside time for ‘dates’ has worked really well for us, but the everyday stuff is so important too. At the end of the day, I know that I have a husband that is my biggest cheerleader and best friend. I think this quote really sums it up nicely: “Save some of your best self each day for your spouse. Do not give them the leftovers.” Easier said than done when you have kids hanging off of you, work pressures, and all the other challenges of life to deal with, but so important.

Read the full interview on MyTreat  where I share my candid views on marriage, relationships and “the juggle.”.

I hope you have all survived your Halloween hangovers. This was my mid-morning snack yesterday. Nothing like a great workout at the gym, and then a dive into the Halloween bag to ruin it all.

Happy weekend my fabulous ladies. I am still praying for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I can’t believe the level of destruction and devastation. And so, that brings us back to the beginning- we must appreciate the little things, for they truly are, the big things.

xoxEDxox

    6 Comments

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    4. Patricia Moore says:

      The little things are the big things. Well said.

    5. Jane says:

      Lovely articles Erica. You are a real inspiration.

    6. Irene says:

      Great interviews Erica. It is true that the little things in life are really the big things. How often we forget that. PS – nice snack.

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