Dope Ass Mom: Jennifer Worman

Jennifer Worman, family, Chicago mom blogger, Chicago style blogger

Today I want you guys to meet Jennifer Worman, super mom, business owner and all around good time! You may have seen her in our videos where we discuss all things we wish we had known before becoming a mother. By day you can find her blogging all things fashion, style, travel and of course motherhood at redsolesredwine. 

She is the mom of two adorable boys and has some insightful thoughts into motherhood. Check out our interview below!

What is the best thing about being a mom?

Gosh there are so many things, but one of the best is seeing my little guys grow, learn, and develop into who they are as a person.  Each day is an adventure and seeing what they learn each year is amazing.  They’ve taught me so much about myself, especially being in the now and enjoying each moment.
What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
The hardest part is not being their mom, but questioning myself as a mom. It is always natural to feel like I’m not doing enough.  I want to do what’s right, what’s best for them, and there are days where I just feel overwhelmed.  In general, it’s balance and trying to find that balance in working, being a mom, and everything else in life.
How have you changed since being a mom?
Being a mom has made me focus more on the now. Enjoying the moments and putting them in my memory bank. They change every year and I’m just trying to keep up! I’m a planner, always thinking ahead (sometimes too much) and I forget to see what’s in front of me or appreciate it.  They have grabbed my attention, my hand, and my heart to see what’s in front of me now.
What’s the best piece of advice given to you?
Not to always listen to advice is the best piece of advice.  Do what’s best for me and my family. Through each step, I’ve learned myself what works and have not felt the pressure to do things a certain way.
 
Who’s your style icon?
 
I don’t necessarily have one, I love fashion and style and have been in the industry for 15+ years.  So many things inspire me and these days from instagram, to editorials, to runway shows, I find what I love everywhere. 
 
My mom was the inspiration behind my style and why my sister and I created T&J Designs.  
 
In general, I’m obsessed in watching re-runs of Sex & The City as I felt they pushed fashion into households and each woman had their own style. 
 
How has your style changed since becoming a mom?
My style hasn’t changed much, I still dress the same and love a good dress up moment. The only addition in my wardrobe that I didn’t have before are my one pair of adidas sneakers I wear when I have to chase them around. I don’t think style has to change because you had kids, your style changes because that is what you want and love and it is a continuous journey of change.

What are three essentials you need everyday?

Coffee, hugs, iPhone

What late night food do you crave?

Taco bell for sure! But I try hard not to eat late at night. I like wine too much so got to cut something out.

What do you do to relax? 

My method is relaxing is seeing people I love and traveling. I don’t make too much time to work out or meditate, but I love a good dinner with friends, family, and traveling to new places.

How has motherhood changed your career?

I’ve owned my own business and been blogging for 6+ years and started both before having two kids.  Motherhood has been a huge part of my life in line with being an entrepreneur. I see it all as part of me and there are huge pluses to working for myself in raising my kids. The flexibility of time and being able to be there whenever needed is the biggest perk. The negatives is that I work all the time and it’s hard to turn it off.

3 words to describe yourself

Motivated – I do what I love and pursue my passions with full force

Loyal – I’m the most loyal friend and partner if you are a part of my circle.

Connected – I love to listen to others, check in on my family and friends often, and love to feel connected with those around me.

What 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without?
iPhone, keys, and my credit card 🙂
Best advice you could give a mom with young kids? 
Enjoy it all and it’s ok to have a bad day.  Our kids can drive us nuts, that’s normal! And you must take time to do something for yourself.  A happy mom is the best mom.
If your life were a song, what would it be?
Currently, I’m playing It was a Good Day by Ice Cube everyday.  When you start off your day with that song, there’s no going wrong. Plus I love a good old school rap song :).

What’s the secret of being a bad ass mom? 

Be you. Do you. For you.

Be the best you can be with the good days and bad days and your kids will be fantastic. When you feel your best, your kids will know it too.

And surround yourself with people that support, love and care for you and don’t care about those that don’t. Life is short, enjoy the moments and move on from the not so great ones.

Jen blogs at Red Soles and Red Wine

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