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Emily - the Mom
Learn 100 Things About Me!

My journey to adulthood began when I peed on a stick. At seventeen, I had found myself unexpectedly pregnant and finishing up my senior year of high school. From that moment on, my life was no longer my own. I became a mother shortly after graduating.

My son became my universe and decisions began to be based on his wants and needs. I attended community college on a full-ride scholarship, followed by a four-year University. Most of my classes were online or scheduled around working and raising my baby boy. After five long, hard years, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Integrated Studies in Psychology and Human Services.

Shortly after this humbling accomplishment, I received heartbreaking news: I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. I had cancer at the age of twenty-three.

Life has not always given me what I may have wanted. It has been throwing punches at me since the get-go, but I have learned to just roll with it. Happiness does not come from having everything, a lesson that I learned the hard way. I choose to see my son as a blessing, not a burden. I choose to be happy with what I have been given.

That being said, I feel like I am just starting to live my life. I enjoy photography, a good book, and taking myself on dates. I refuse to let anything get in the way of doing the things that are important to me. Overall, I am just trying to find my place in this world and discover who I am as a person and a mother.



Oliver - the Kid
Ollie Says the Darndest Things

Oliver Maxwell is a rambunctious, mischievous five year old. He enjoys building epic houses for us on Minecraft and vintage Mario games (only if he is winning). As an only child, he finds concepts such as sharing and taking turns completely foreign but is charming and sweet enough that most people love him anyway. Ollie is an emotional, full-of-life character that enjoys making people laugh. When he grows up, he wants to be one of the following: firefighter, policeman, doctor, singer/dancer, or news anchor.


Your Mom - The Blog

I was just a teenager when I discovered my love for over-sharing about my life on the Internet. Back in the days of Xanga, before blogging was considered cool, I documented my life as an angsty high school girl trying to survive. Most of my high school years were documented on the internet, followed by my teenage pregnancy and parenthood. 

In 2011, I created Your Mom Goes to College to share my journey through college as a young mother. I hoped that openly discussing my triumphs and struggles along the way would help inspire others to chase after their dreams as well. When I finally graduated from college in May of 2013, I knew the direction of the blog would need to change with me. That is when Your Mom Goes to College simply became known as Your Mom.

The main focuses of the blog are:
  • Self-Discovery
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Education  
  • Lifestyle