An Interview with Jana from XL 106.7: A Journey into Motherhood

 

Tell us a little bit more about who you are and your precious little family.    

I’ve been with XL1067 in Orlando for a little over 8 years.  Recently I have picked up duties on our sister station Magic 107.7 as well as hosting a national show for Clear Channel. Professionally I have been blessed with a career that I love.  I work very hard… and couldn’t be more proud. My husband and I are about to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.  And let me tell you the last 3 years have been a blur!  After 2 miscarriages we were finally blessed with our amazing daughter! She is truly the light of our lives. The hubs is pretty cool… but the kid is UNREAL!    

What was the one thing that you didn’t expect, when you became a mom?    

I didn’t expect the level of exhaustion.  It’s NO JOKE!  You truly lose the ability to think straight.  Honestly, there were days I felt accomplished by just changed sweat pants.    

3 tips you would offer to new and expecting moms    

1. Ask for help!  You are not wonder woman… you can’t do it all.  You have friends and family that want to hold that baby.  Let them (if you trust them) and go get some sleep.  Even if you can’t sleep… just go get some mental rest.  You need every minute you can get.  

2. When expecting… GO OUT!  Have lots of dinners, girl’s nights out, spa visits.  Do it all.  You will not be able to do these things again (without some level of Mommy guilt) for a long time.  Go out and enjoy yourself.  You deserve it.  

3. Rely on your gal pals.  Trust me… no matter what you are going through… the women in your life have been through it too.  I’m not sure why women don’t speak more freely about our worries as super women…but speak up.  I promise your girl’s will come to your rescue.    

Raising your little girl, being a wonderful wife, working, volunteering, socializing, traveling, working out…How do you find the time and energy to do it all?      

It’s simple.  I don’t.  At this point I’m lucky if get 3 work outs a month.  I try, but family, work, much needed sleep, and attempting to not be a zombie wins out.  You seriously can’t do it all.  I’m lucky.  My husband is incredibly supportive of my career.  He is also big into volunteering & travel… so that is something we can do as a family.  That is only way we can squeeze much of this in.  It only works if we do these things together.  Because I work, I don’t want to sacrifice my time with my daughter. So I am learning to say no every now and then.    

Is there anything else you would like to share about you journey into motherhood?    

Try your best to stay positive.  It’s a guarantee that this journey to motherhood will not work out how you have planned it.  Stay loose…and take things as they come. It’s the only way you will enjoy the ride.

 

 

Thanks again to Jana for sharing her story! We would love to hear any tips you might have to offer to new and expecting moms!

About Erika

Erika is a published photographer who focuses primarily on newborn and family photography. She shoots natural light portraits across America while maintaining two central locations in Orlando, FL and Charleston, SC. Erika's work has been featured on television (ABC and NBC), charity billboards, national print magazines, and editorial family and wedding blogs.

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