Mom Win Wednesday: Kristen Steele McCall

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As a mom, you may not have qualified for the Rio Olympics, but you certainly deserve a spot on the podium in our eyes. There are no “perfect scores” in motherhood, but if you had a discipline breakthrough, managed a meltdown, or found time in your day to pursue a dream, then we want to take a moment and celebrate alongside you. Even the little “victories” add up to be big wins in the long run; so let’s champion each other. After all, we’re on the same team.


 

Michelle
Michelle

Today we are so excited to feature Kristen Steele McCall, our amazing web designer, as our first Gold Medal Mom. We can’t wait for you to get to know a little more about her!

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So Kristen, do you wear any other hats in addition to your [big, gigantic, hugely significant] Mom Hat?

Michelle
Kristen Steele McCall

Yes! I currently wear too many hats and I’m trying to pare down, haha! But I love them all. I’m a work-from-home mom of 2 with another one on the way.

I work part-time for LifeWay as a social media manager for Selma Wilson  where I manage and write on her blog, oversee her social media and host her podcast Selma on Leadership.

I’m also a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur as a blogging/social media coach, photographer and writer myself.

As I realize the immensity of almost having THREE kids, I’m looking to pare some of this down! 🙂

Michelle
Michelle

I hear ya about having a lot going on. I think that’s a definite challenge as a mom. Tell us more about your kids…

Michelle
Kristen Steele McCall

Little J and Miss Mighty M are 3 and a half and 15 months old and they are both quite a handful!

Little J is into anything transportation – cars, especially trucks, boats, trains, etc. He’s a nut and knows ALL the names, so we’ll be driving down the street and he yells, “Look Mommy! There’s a car transporter!!” It’s hilarious.

Miss M is 15 months old and I can barely keep up with her. She was an early walker and quickly went from wobbly steps to full out sprinting after her brother… leaving this pregnant mama panting to keep up!! 🙂

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Michelle
Michelle

Aw, love it! What is a recent mom win you experienced that took time and perseverance to accomplish?

Michelle
Kristen Steele McCall

This is both equal parts mom win and professional win, but I was so excited to help your Texting the Truth team build and launch this new website baby!!! It has been such a (sometimes looong) labor of love but one that I’m very, very proud to have worked on!

The big mom win is being able to somehow juggle – I don’t say “balance” because I think that’s a lie – two very active kiddos, several other jobs and launch a beautiful site.

A beautiful picture of this juggling act was when I was doing a final video conference call for the Texting the Truth blog team to show them all the ins and outs of the site a little before Halloween. Halfway through the call my sweet 3-year-old comes walking past my computer with his Elmo costume on and wanted to sit in my lap. So there Elmo and I were leading them on the video conference… and me trying not to burst out laughing.

Being a mom is a juggle for sure, especially when you’re trying to be “professional” but thank goodness I was on the call with fellow mommies who were super gracious and thought it was hilarious.

Michelle
Michelle

We thought it was hilarious, and yes, it was a total picture of the juggling act as moms! So what is a mom win that you would text your best friend?

Michelle
Kristen Steele McCall

When my son was born, I was going through a hard divorce and I was a single mom so I remember those days were filled with a lot of texts to my best friend like, “I made it! We’re both alive at the end of the day!” I had a lot of breastfeeding issues come up with him (tongue tie, lactose and soy allergies, etc.) so I remember texting, “He didn’t scream through the day today – it was a better day! We might be able to do this!!” haha. Ahhhh texts. One day I’ll have to look through them – I bet there are some hilarious ones.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes! I love how text messages are almost like our journal entries after a busy day! Anything else you want to share?

Michelle
Kristen Steele McCall

I’m really excited to see all the amazing content that I know will be shared here. God has been in this idea from the beginning and it’s how my girlfriends and I parent, so I know other mamas will love the honesty and wisdom shared here too!

Michelle
Michelle

We so so appreciate all of the time and energy you gave toward making this site what it is. We love it and love how you brought our vision to life! So just a little shout out – if anyone is looking for not only an amazing web designer but a wonderfully knowledgable blog coach and incredible person, please visit her website here.  We loved working with you, Kristen!! 

Michelle

If you would like to be featured as a Gold Medal Mom or you know someone who would, please contact us here!

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

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