Time Capsule, Vol. 2: Looking Back on My Old Blog Posts

I’m opening the time capsule of my old blog posts again! Last time, I reflected on a blog post from 2014 called Bless This Mess. This month I’m looking back on a post I wrote in January 2015 titled “Identity Theft: What Happens When the Nest is Empty?”

This post has been on my mind lately since my oldest son started college last month. When I wrote the post over four years ago, I was thinking a lot about how my identity had been completely taken over by the day-to-day work of parenting. I had put myself and my own interests on the back burner when I became a mom. I reflected on the idea that while motherhood is forever, the day-to-day work of parenting is finite. As such, I wondered how I could reignite and rediscover my talents and forge a new identity combining motherhood with other contributions.

I’m pleased to report that I have made a lot of progress defining my identity beyond motherhood in the four years since this post was written. While it’s still a challenge, and while I definitely don’t relish the time when my nest is completely empty, I’m proud that I’ve come so far in getting to know myself again.

Watch the video reflection here:


Meghann is the mom of 5 kids. She is a Lecturer at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an Owner/Partner at Brand Driven Digital. Meghann was elected to the Coralville City Council in 2017 and is currently serving her first term. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coralville Community Food Pantry (Vice-Chair) and on the DVIP Board of Directors. She is also a member of Johnson County's Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Policy Board. Meghann is passionate about her family, her community, and is a proud pop culture nerd.


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