Mom Win Wednesday: Lauren Kutsko

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 excited to hear more from mom, garden teacher, and entrepreneur coach,  Lauren Kutsko.

Michelle
Lauren

Hi! I have been on a bit of a minimalism kick.  For Christmas I didn’t want to buy things so for my husband his gift was a hike everyday of break with his family.  It was an absolute blast!  I will for sure be using time together as a gift more often!

Michelle
Michelle

That is such a good idea. I love gifts that attach memories and experiences to them. I bet it was a win for the whole family.

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

Michelle
Lauren

I do.  I have a few depending on the hour of day!  I would say I am a “Jane” of all trades.
I work as a garden teacher at my children’s school in the morning solidifying my future as the “crazy plant lady”.  In the afternoons I work alongside my husband who is an entrepreneur coach.  My focus is to help women discover the opportunities of business ownership through the franchise market! I have been blown away by the coaching process and the meaningful opportunities there are for women to meet real needs in their community through this market.  [Follow her adventures: @fancynonsense on Instagram.]

Michelle
Michelle

I love that you are encouraging women to take brave steps to use their gifts well. So tell us about your kids…

Michelle
Lauren

We have 3 kids, Joe 7, Hazel 6, Trevor 4.  They are a blast, until they aren’t and they decided to be human and pitch a selfish fit.  But we are growing and learning together on how to share life with a whole heap of forgiveness.  

Joe is fiercely competitive and athletic with a sensitive and humble heart that glimmers beautifully in sweet moments, that usually only I am privileged to see.

Hazel has an incredible imagination and excels in helping others.  And in our house she is the one to ask if you can’t find something.  We joke it’s her superpower.  

Trevor is my cautious rule following cuddler who would do anything for anyone. He’s also the family comedian with some pretty impeccable timing.  

Michelle
Michelle

“With a whole heap of forgiveness.” Amen to that! What is a recent mom win you experienced that took time and perseverance to accomplish?

Michelle
Lauren

My biggest win is something I battle daily.  I am always reminding myself to slow down and take my time.  I so often feel that I don’t have time to do my job well.  I think it started when my kids came. They are pretty close in age and when you have 3 babies you really do have to rush from one feeding, diaper, mess, nap or errand to the next.  Now that my youngest is a very capable 4 I still find myself in this frantic rushing energy.  I am trying to slow down.  I often ask myself, “where are we rushing to?”   I have given myself permission to move dinner past the arbitrary 5:30 deadline in my mind and to allow myself freedom to cook and become creative again and that feels really great.

Michelle
Michelle

That’s so true. I think as moms we feel like we always need to rush to the next thing because there are so many things on our plates, but how great that you have slowed yourself down and found your creativity again.

What is a mom win that you would text your best friend?

Michelle
Lauren

I would say my biggest win was this Christmas break from school.  I loved my time with the kids and this is the first time that it’s felt that way.  I think they have finally reached an age where they are actually fun to be with!  I guess I’m not a baby/toddle person.

Michelle
Michelle

Your honesty is so refreshing. I think it’s freeing as moms to admit we prefer some seasons over others. Thank you so much for sharing your mom wins with us.

Michelle

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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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