Mrs. Tricia is DOPE! I love her energy and realness. She is a Clinical-Community Psychologist with a passion for the youth, especially young women. I was honored that she agreed to let me interview her for my little blog.
Love ya, Mrs. Tricia!
1. How many children do you have?
I have 3 boys: Ashton, Jamon, and Jalen.
2. Was your first child planned and how did you feel about becoming a mother?
Yes, my husband and I were very excited.
3. What does being a mom mean to you?
Well, I'm not sure what you mean but I'll answer the best I can. I love motherhood, I love the good, bad, and ugly. Most people say that they can't wait for their children to get older but not me. I've enjoyed every stage of being a mom.
What I love now is that my children are older and I get to ask them questions. It's true what they say that the roles begin to reverse as you get older.
4. The biggest challenge in raising children?
I think I struggled most with finding balance. Being a working mom and trying to attend events for my children, being a wife and still having time for myself.
5. Do you believe a mom can have it all?
I don't care for the "having it all" notion. [That's a young people term.] I believe that having it all is up to you. How do you define it? A mom can have it all by being at home with her children. However, that was not the life I wanted.
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Getting my Ph.D. was huge for me but I think I'm most proud of the mentoring I do with young women.
7. Do you have a quote that you live by?
While I often fail, my intention is to live each day with authenticity…centering my thoughts and actions on things of the spirit.
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Philippians 4:8 NIV
8. What advice would you give to a new mom?
The best advice I can give to a new mother is to build relationships with other new moms. You're all figuring it out together so the judgment will be less. Your children will/can grow up together and then you may end up having lifelong friends.