I love celebrating wonderful mamas, and next up in this series is a fun one! Bridget Collins lives in a charming cottage in Seattle with her husband and three gorgeous boys. A fountain of creativity, this Mama Bear takes on many artistic roles: writer, poet, painter, forager, and botanical artist (to name a few!). Bridget truly lives wild and free, and her sense of wonder is contagious. I love seeing glimpses of the outdoor adventures she takes her boys on -- especially when she lets them dress up like animals (that shark costume below is my favorite!).
If you haven't seen her botanical creations at FloraForager.com or on Instagram, honestly prepare to have your mind blown. Bridget has been an early supporter of Goldpress and you can check out our collaboration here.
Here's what Bridget has to say about being a Mama Bear...
IN A SENTENCE OR TWO, WHAT DOES BEING A MAMA BEAR LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
Keeping sacred what you hold dear. Whether it be your art, children, voice, or self.
MOTHERHOOD IS STRANGELY POLARIZING IN OUR CULTURE. HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET SUCKED INTO COMPARISON AND NEGATIVITY?
After my third child came and I realized every baby was completely different and had to be raised differently than the last, I realized there was no need to look to others for a better way. I am the best mom for my children, and they are the best children for me. We make our own way.
WHEN LIFE GETS CRAZY, WHAT TRUTH OR MANTRA DO YOU ALWAYS COME BACK?
First I remind myself to breathe because I often find myself holding my breath which causes more anxiety. Depending on the situation I have some favorite phrases: "I am not responsible for other people's reactions." "Treating myself like a precious object will make me strong." And my family's favorite, "it just doesn't matter." As long as I know I am staying true to me and meaning well for others I shouldn't have to be stressed about anything.
WHAT ARE THE PIECES YOU HOLD ONTO TIGHTEST IN MOTHERHOOD? THOSE NON-NEGOTIABLES YOU PRIORITIZE NO MATTER HOW WILD THE LAUNDRY PILE GETS?
Snuggles. Making sure they know how uniquely important they are to me. Alone time. I take each of my boys out on dates. And being in nature. I don't care how messy the house is, if we're walking through a forest it's not on my mind.
NAME SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO AS A GREAT MAMA BEAR EXAMPLE.
My own mothers. Maybe that's cliche, but the way they shaped my husband and I, and now the way that legacy is shaping our kids, is invaluable to me.