Some of you (if anyone is actually reading this) might be wondering what the meaning is behind my chosen blog name, Stay Wild Mama. A lot of thought was put in to this name when I decided to start blogging. I wanted to create a name that would be something I loved, expressed who I was, and of course, was catchy.

First, I’d have to back track, and explain that I’ve always been pretty enamored with the quote, “Stay gold.” The origin of this quote is actually from a novel written by S.E. Hinton, called “The Outsiders”. In this novel turned movie, Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is referenced by one of the main characters, and the famous line from the movie, “Stay gold, Pony boy, stay gold” was born.

“Stay gold” was my daily mantra throughout high school. To me, it meant staying true to myself no matter what anyone said or thought about me. I had a really great group of friends who I knew accepted me as I was, but I did have those times when I felt judged based on my unique sense of style, taste in music, or simply because I wasn’t doing the same things everyone else was doing. I mean, it’s high school, it’s a given to feel a little out of place.

When it comes to the word, “Wild”, I think of both mother nature, and being in touch with our raw, unfiltered selves. A goal of mine is to live as much of an organic, happy, and adventure filled life as me and my family possibly can. Adventurous is definitely not a word I’d be described as by the people close to me, but it is something I’d like to become for the sake of my child and future children. I mainly want to pursue a more adventurous life by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and experiencing life without inhibition. I want my child(ren) to live a life without self doubt, something that I struggle with on a daily basis.

Lastly, we arrive at the word, “Mama”. This is by far the best word I have ever had the honor of being. Every cliche thing people have said about parenthood is absolutely true. I’ve experienced the creation of my little person, the unending stress and emotional rollercoasters, that heart aching kind of love, and everything in between. I believe it all to be such a beautiful process, and I’m still learning to be the best mama and provider I can for my daughter. I hope to add more little ones to my family one day, but for now, I am undoubtedly content.

There you have it! I believe that this blog name embodies who I was, who I am, and who I strive to be.