The internet can be a cesspool of negativity, horrific local and national news, and lingering political commentary from all opinionated sides. It's a lot to take in. I have to limit how much I'm "browsing" on a typical day, because all the above can really take a toll on my mental health or even how I feel about myself. However, despite the cringe-worthy parts of the web, there have been a few standout times when a mom on the internet made me feel less alone.
Along with having a "traditional" job here and there, I've been working and writing freelance from home (on the internet) for the more than a decade. It wasn't until I gave birth to my daughter in 2006 that I decided to stay home full-time, knowing I'd have to pick up every job I could to stay afloat. Financially, it was a difficult decision, but I knew I could make it work. After awhile, I realized how lonely working from home can be. With little interaction with other adult humans, I rarely had to leave the house at all (this is still true) which made detaching that much easier. In fact, until my daughter was old enough for preschool, it was just she and I while my partner worked long hours outside the home. All of this meant finding new ways to connect with people through long days and nights that, seemingly, ran together into one endless blur.
All the time home alone with my daughter, and fives years later, my son, meant getting used to feeling lonely. Even still, with jobs I love that keep me working full-time hours from the comfort of my couch or home-office, I have to be OK with knowing I may not see another person on any given day. However, I take comfort in the times people online were there for me, particularly moms who've reached out to make me feel less alone. Here are some of those times that, honestly, I'm so grateful for.