Not literally of course, that wouldn't be pretty at my age. I'm referring to writing honestly and not holding things back.
In my professional life I am known as a very well-respected expert in the field of cat behavior. I have written 7 books on the subject and have worked full-time in this field for 25 years. I am IAABC certified and AABP certified and enjoyed having a career where I feel confident. That's when something happened to my common sense and reasoning and I decided to co-write a book about all my mistakes, embarrassments and mis-steps as a mom.
The book, Cookies for Dinner, was written to be funny and to share with other mothers that they're not alone in feeling crazy or overwhelmed. I didn't fully think this out though because now total strangers soon learned about the fact that I have OCD, worry constantly about the safety of my children and have a history of infertility and that I'm well over the age of 45.
When the book first came out, friends started coming up to me in a good-natured way and poked fun at the fact that they didn't realize I had OCD or that I was unable to conceive. Then, as the book started gaining momentum, I started receiving emails from total strangers. My secret was out. Everyone knows that the woman who comes across as confident, together, rational and accomplished, is a worrying OCD germophobe with ovaries that are as dead as a doornail. Is this a good thing? I can now say... YES!
What started out as a funny, lighthearted book about motherhood has been an opportunity for freedom for me. People have emailed me to share their infertility stories, international adoption experiences, and yes, their OCD issues. What a wonderful opportunity to connect and support each other.
So I applaud all of you bloggers and authors who have shared your most vulnerable moments, embarrassments, honest feelings and worries. Thank you to all the bloggers who paved the way by not being afraid to show that you're not Supermom or that your kids aren't perfect.