If you follow us on Instagram then you've probably seen images we've reposted of our badass beautiful friend Marisa Kimmel and her unbelievably adorable son, Abraham. She radiates positivity and self-love and all things good in this world. When she's not sharing her confidence and flawless skin on the internet, she's behind the camera as a professional photographer.
We "sat down" with her to talk about her journey as a mother and a few other surprises along the way.
Sheltered Co. : What did you want to be when you grew up?
Marisa : The first thing I ever wanted to do career wise was to be a marine biologist.
Sheltered Co. : Do you have a favorite junk food?
Marisa : Gluten free Oreos + milk are my go to junk food!
Sheltered Co. : Were there any "I would never!"s before having kiddos that you totally have given into now as a parent?
Marisa : Ooooh... character clothes Abraham has had phases of being obsessed with Blippi + Mickey Mouse and those characters spread all across everything Abraham has!
Sheltered Co. : Is there any part of your routine that you consider sacred or unmissable when it comes to your self care?
Marisa : Long, hot showers before I go to sleep at night. It’s where I feel like I am washing all of my stresses away, remembering all of the things I’m grateful for and I can relax my mind before I lay down.
Sheltered Co. : What was the least helpful parenting advice you ever received and what advice do you wish someone would have given you before having children?
Marisa : Sleep when your baby sleeps. LIKE, WHAT?! That was never a possibility for me! I wish someone would have reminded me that asking for help does not mean I’m not a capable mother. It took a lot of convincing to myself when Abraham was a newborn to ask for help. I didn’t want anyone to think I was a bad mom and couldn’t take care of my baby. That’s not the case whatsoever though. A healthy parent is the best thing you can give your baby. Asking for help is healthy.
Sheltered Co. : What's something (anything!) you'd like to share about your personal experience with motherhood?
Marisa : We are only humans. Our children are next expecting perfect, always happy, always on top of it human beings. When I am honest with my two year old about my feelings; when I’m feeling hurt, sad, angry. I think it shows him that these feelings EVERYONE has and there was good ways for us to work through these emotions. Feeling them is the first step.
Want to hear more from Marisa? (btw you totally should want to!!) You can find her on Instagram @marisakimmel. We love you, Marisa!