Well, it’s about stinking time I started writing a blog. I’ve only been talking about it for the better part of 5 years maybe longer. I couldn’t honestly tell you why it’s taken me so long, whether it was a fear of failure or just an unwillingness to make time for things I really love, like writing, as if that would, somehow, make me selfish . My name is Astra & Dear me, Signed You, is a way of writing to myself as a woman and a mother. To allow myself a chance of stepping back and providing a healthy dose of perspective in what seems to be a world of relentless criticism of mothers and women by people, including their fellow mothers and women. At 25 almost 26 I feel as though the woman in me struggles with the mother in me, they are not one in the same! This is my journey in finding that balance. Being a mother to my little one is the single most amazing gift I’ve ever been given! I now have greater understanding of the woman I was meant to be! But during this epic adventure of parenthood the woman I was before children has taken a back seat, as it usually does when priorites shift for your spouse, your little one or your career and that is nothing to be ashamed of! I’m starting this blog now, because I have found I don’t entirely miss the woman I was before it all, she’s still in there and I now know that women and mothers alike are the masters of achieving what sometimes seems to be an impossible balance between all our responsibilities and our passions ! It’s such a beautiful journey we go through, and I’m hoping to convey that, sharing and uplifting women along the way.