"My name is Bria Maddox. Im married with a 1 year old. We currently live in Arizona. We moved here for better opportunities for my career and our daughter. I’m a Content Creator and news producer for the Fox owned and operated station here. I love what I do. I love being in media. I’m 25 years old and I feel like the sky is the limit for me. I love writing, it’s my passion and something I know I’m very good at. I also love being a mom. I don’t want anymore kids because I want to put my all into my daughter and my all into my career. And I think being a mom of one will allow me to do that. It might sound selfish, but I want to build an empire for her."
RAVEN: When did you become a mom?
BRIA: I became a mom on May 5th, 2017. I felt like a mom when I was pregnant, but nothing compared to the moment I first laid eyes on my baby girl. It was truly the moment I knew she belonged to me, and I belonged to her.
RAVEN: What is some of the challenges you face when it comes to being a mother?
BRIA: I think the most challenging part is time management. When I’m off I plan to get things done, but I always end up just being “lazy” and not doing anything. It’s hard because I’m so tired all the time. I work full time, come home, take care of my baby, sometimes cook dinner and then have to do it all again the next day. I think that’s why I struggle with using my time wisely. Once the weekend is gone, I realize I didn’t get anything done. I also think one of the things that contributes to this is the fact that Luna is more attached to me than her dad. My husband helps but most nights Luna stays up waiting for me to put her sleep instead of letting her dad handle it. She rather has me do things for her than him, so it makes it hard for me to have some “me time.”
RAVEN: What are some things you’ve learned from your own mother?
BRIA: I learned how to be strong, independent, and how to handle business no matter what is thrown at you. She has always been the one to keep the house together and I think that’s why I push myself the extreme, so she can see that I too can do that for my family.
RAVEN: Do you see yourself in her?
BRIA: Definitely! Some days my attitude is like hers and its crazy. I’m caring and easy going like she is. I’m also frugal because of her.
RAVEN: How do you like to enjoy your free time away from you daughter?
BRIA: Reading and writing. Those are things that I have had limited time to do since she was born, so I like to try to do them when I have free time. I also like to have date nights with my husband, because since we became parents, we have had to learn how to keep the romance while balancing a toddler.
RAVEN: What is one thing you want to teach her?
BRIA: The number one thing I want to teach Luna is to let her be herself. I want her to shine and be the best she can be, and I believe she can only do that by being herself and knowing her self-worth. Along the way I have learned that no one is going to go as hard for you as you. so it is important to be you and fight for what you know you deserve!
RAVEN: I seen that you blog as well.. What is your blog about and who is your audience?
BRIA: My blog is a lifestyle blog. I like to write and create videos about my life experiences, health & fitness, and just the journey of being a young person. I love to tell stories, so this is just a way to help people along the way and to get my feelings out. I usually write for millennial women, but some stories I try to include young men as well.
RAVEN: How do want people to feel when reading your blog?
BRIA: I want them to feel inspired. When I write, I want people to read and connect to what I’m saying. I think it’s important to share your experiences because you never know whose watching and who needs a helping hand. So, if I can inspire someone, then I know my job is done.
RAVEN: As moms we always feel like we have to have it all together, can you tell me a time when you just didn’t have it all together and it showed?
BRIA: Well I haven’t had many experiences just yet since I’m still so new, but there was a time when I felt so lost. Luna was still in the newborn phase and I worked 3rd shift. My sister in law was staying with us to help, but there were still things I wanted to do. Well, Luna was having trouble going to sleep one night and I had to be at work at 1 a.m. I struggled and finally my husband said, give her to her aunt you obviously can’t get her to sleep. She goes to sleep better with her aunt. In that moment I felt like I had failed as a mom. All I could think, was how dare he challenge my skills as a mother. I knew he had good intentions and just wanted me to get rest, but I wanted to be the one to do it all. We argued, and I realized he was right, I can’t do it all. So now, I’m quick to ask for help when I’m lost about what to do.
RAVEN: I’m a mom of three boys so I may never get to experience what it’s like to have a daughter.. What is it like for you to be a mom of a girl? What is some things you have to make sure you teach her before you leave this earth?
BRIA: I always wanted to have a little girl. I literally prayed for her to be a girl. I guess because I grew up with two brothers and wanted a girl to teach to be like me. So being a mom of a girl is amazing. It’s like having a walking shadow. She is learning to do so much, and some days I notice her copying me and I just love it. I want her to one day say mom, I want to be just like you. So, I strive to be the best at everything so she can have her personal super hero. before I leave this earth, I want her to know how to be independent. That was the number one thing my parents taught me. They wanted me to learn how to take care of myself and my brothers if something was to happen to them, so it’s a trait I have embedded in me that I want to pass to Luna. I want her to know she can do anything by herself and that she doesn’t need anyone, not even me to do it for her.
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