Hey, girl! I’m Sydney Nordquist aka ‘syd.nord’
Welcome to my self-care blog! Want to know something funny? Honestly, I’m naturally really bad at self-care. I am a perfectionist, I’m super competitive, and I grew up in a house of people that were always go go go. I didn’t think much about self-care when I was living my single, 20s life. It just kind of happened. But my perspective on self-care changed when I became a mom. I realized that I couldn’t just wing it. I had to be intentional with my self-care. I had to make time for self-care, fight for it and protect it. I know I’m a better me when I take care of myself, but daaaaaang there’s a lot of laundry, tantrum soothing, and PJ wrangling to be done. I have to be intentional or I won’t practice self-care.
I have found that balance is an ongoing aspiration. Something that is measured week to week, not hour-to-hour, or even day-to-day. Somedays self-care is five minutes of silence, if I’m lucky. Other days, it’s a mani-pedi with my mom and sisters or an hour long walk listening to a book on Audible. After all, who’s to predict when your toddler will intentionally pee her pants and your dog will throw up on the carpet in a 2 minute span, right?
And I figured, heck. If I feel this way, as a 32 year-old mom of two little girls, there’s gotta be more moms that feel the same way. Moms that work hard and often forget about themselves without meaning to. Moms that are looking for reminders, self-care tips, tricks, and how-the-heck-do-I-make-time-for-this hacks. So that’s what I’m hoping you find here. Blogs with time-saving hacks to make time for self-care, blogs with actionable self-care for moms, like literally what do I do to take care of myself, blogs explaining the why behind self-care, plus, lots of reminders about random mom things.
I am without a doubt on this self-care journey with you. Let’s figure this out together, shall we?
More about me.
My husband and I met through mutual friends at our local run camp, it was not love at first sight.
I played collegiate volleyball at The University of Virginia (wahoowa!) and Charlottesville is still one of my favorite places in the entire world.
My dog has more Instagram followers than I do (@milesoberlin), but he’s super handsome so I understand why.
Besides this little slice of the Internet, I’m a full-time Marketing Director at Maestro, which is an dang good work from home gig.
My husband and I have a goal to travel to all 50 states together, we’re about a quarter of the way there.
Before switching to Marketing, I was planning on getting my Master’s degree in dietetics.
I am a people person but feel incredibly recharged after spending time alone, even if it’s just a few hours at a coffee shop reading.
Bitter drinks are my favorite. IPAs, gin + tonics and grapefruit juice.
I could kiss whoever at American Eagle decided to make extra long jeans.
Woah, look at us when we were babies taking our engagement photos!