Hello! My name is Anneliese. By day I’m a wife, mother and incubator – by night I’m an ambitious woman with big dreams for myself and my family. I was born and raised in Oakville, living only a few streets over from my future husband. Fate didn’t bring us together until our early 20’s but we’ve been inseparable ever since. We spent 5 years falling in love and (finally) married in 2015. We live in Oakville with our 14-month-old son, spunky pooch – and have another baby on the way this winter.
As a stay-at-home mom I’m constantly looking for ways to be true to myself, and my blog Grown Up Glamour is a big part of that. I launched my blog in 2015 when a post about my less than perfect pregnancy went viral on the Huffington Post. It has since been my hope in my writing to inspire, empower and help other women find joy and peace within themselves and their lives.
What do you love the most about the Oakville community?
Oakville has played a huge role in my life. It’s where my grandparents lived and married. Where my Father was born. Where I spent my childhood. Where I met my husband – and where we’re raising our babies. Oakville is a part of me. While Oakville has grown and changed over my years here, it has always remained true to being a “community.” It’s safe, it’s vibrant and it’s friendly. Oakville is home.
What inspired you to start your blog?
In 2015 I found out I was expecting my first child. My pregnancy was less than perfect. In fact, it was nothing like I had imagined pregnancy would be. Nine months later, I welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby boy – but those months in-between left me searching for support in every place possible. To cope, I began to write. In a time where I felt alone and afraid, a dynamic group of women, most of which were strangers online, read my words, rallied around me and made me feel safe.
My blog quickly branched into a place where women can come together and share real moments with one another. The good, the bad and the sometimes ugly of parenting. It’s also a place I continue to share the beautiful chaos in my life.
What has the response been like so far?
The response has been more than I could have imagined. I remember when I first started writing I was worried about what people would think. I feared judgment for being honest. But I’ve quickly learned that even if there’s one person who can relate to what I’m thinking, feeling and living, and not feel alone, then I’m doing what I set out to do.
Fast forward one year, where would you like to see your blog?
Growing my blog has been a slow but steady pace. While I constantly find things to talk about that inspire me, I don’t always have the time to put pen to paper (or keyboard to screen if you will). I’d like to continue, gradually plugging away at reaching my audiences, creating quality pieces and connecting with parents in different circles. I’d love to eventually run live chats or in-person talks for parents who need an ear.
What is the best piece of advice business-wise you’ve received to date?
Don’t give up. Business may not always be booming, content may not always be shared – but if you’re passionate you will see success. There are always ups and downs. As long as you love what you’re doing, you should never give up.
What are your top 3 favourite places to spend time in Oakville?
We live just west of Kerr Village/Bronte area and I’ve grown a strong appreciation for that little community! I love the shops, the food (oh man, the food) and the cafés. Such hip neighbourhoods.
Anywhere along the lake. It’s beautiful, it’s grounding – I love it.
Lion’s Valley Park. Nature is everything to our family. We love to spend time outside. Lion’s Valley is the perfect place to see beautiful fall colours and let our little one run wild and free.
What do you love most about being a Mom?
Exploring the world through the eyes of my babies. Life moves quickly, especially when you’re a parent, but kids constantly remind you to slow down. It’s really a beautiful thing.
In your opinion who are top 3 social media accounts everyone should be following?
This is a tough one to answer. I think it’s different for everyone. One of my faults is that I’m easily influenced (and then compare myself) to others. I love to follow accounts that uplift and empower me (and also make me laugh). Some of these include:
The Happy Soul Project – a blog started by an amazing Canadian mama with a focus on downs syndrome and gratitude.
What would you tell a Mom struggling with the decision to return to the corporate world or become a SAHM?
I believe everything is worth a shot. With that being said, I struggled for months before returning to work – and I did eventually return…for 6 weeks. A lot of thought and conversation went into making this decision. My husband and I discussed what sacrifices we were willing to make (financially) and what sacrifices I was willing to make (personally). In the end, we decided being home was the best option for our family – but it’s also very important to continue my personal development. Weigh all your options. Neither working full-time or being home with your children is glamorous – what matters most is what makes you and your family happiest.
This post was written in partnership with Grown Up Glamour