Hey, there! I’m Kaity.
Millennial mom; currently living life with a heavily-bearded guy and two high-spirited little ones in Atlanta, Georgia. I also like coffee a little bit.
An introvert to the core, “normal” face-to-face social interaction has never been my thing. It takes me a while to mentally process new information, so the natural back-and-forth of in-person conversation causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety.
Plus, I’m awkward. Really awkward. And a bit nerdy, especially when it comes to anything related to Oprah.
See? The one and only time I’ve visited the great city of Chicago was to take this picture and buy a mug from The Oprah Store back in 2008. Pretty much the best road trip detour ever, by the way. Like I was saying…COMPLETE. OPRAH. NERD.
After about 15 years of working in office/customer service settings where my anxiety was highest, I made the decision in early 2017 to redesign my work life to:
- Better fit my personal comfort level by giving me the freedom to choose whom I regularly interact with in person. (My guy, my kiddos, a few friends and other family members on occasion, all of the local baristas, and whoever ends up being my cashier at Target or Aldi usually make the cut.)
- Utilize my organizational and administrative experience for something I’m truly passionate about. While I’ve been fortunate to work for a number of wonderful companies and organizations, it’s nearly impossible to find a workplace that 100% matches with any one person’s ideals and beliefs—unless you create one for yourself.
- Increase scheduling flexibility by ditching the 9-5 grind so that I can help raise our girls (one of whom has MERLD, a diagnosed speech disorder, and needs extra one-on-one support, which I’m now able to give her).
I gave two weeks notice at work and made the decision to start blogging from home + watching our two girls full time (woohoo for decreased childcare costs!). A few weeks of hustle later, With Kids and Coffee was born.
When I started my blogging journey, I also stumbled upon something that I didn’t think I would find—a mom tribe.
When you’re not great at social interactions, connecting with new people in a genuine way is hard.
Connecting online gives you access to a wider range of people (thus upping your chances for finding someone you will truly connect with), and gives you more control over how you’re interacting. I can finally say what I actually think and form complete thoughts (at least a solid 80% of the time, depending on my daily coffee intake and how much sleep my little ones allowed me to get the night before), even with my difficulty with mentally processing new information.
It’s through social media and blogging that I’ve been able to have mom friends. We may be drinking our after-the-kids-are-in-bed wine/IPA/tea/hot chocolate in front of our Instagram accounts instead of in-person, but the conversations and the connections are real.
If you’ve been struggling to find your tribe, look no further.
If you’re in looking for a space to avoid the mom-shaming, the pressure to parent Pinterest perfectly, and the unrealistic expectations that we, as women, set for ourselves and each other, I have some good news for you: you’re home.
Looking forward to sharing with you.
In Constant Caffeinated-ness,