Tell me and the readers a little bit about yourself!
I’ve been married to my husband Anthony for a year and a half. We have two little munchkins, Liam who is 21 months and Catherine (Cate) who is 8 weeks.
I work part-time as an ICU nurse at a Level One Trauma Center and love what I do; much like parenthood, even on the most challenging days it’s still rewarding.
When I am not working I spend time exploring the great parks and activities around Orlando with the kiddos. My son Liam is very curious and loves to go on adventures, so this is something we really enjoy doing and thankfully Cate is still small enough to go along with it.
Where are you currently working or what projects are your working on?
Currently I am on maternity leave so I’m lucky enough to be able to focus my time on finding great toddler actives for my son. I often post about our adventures on my Instagram account. If you everwant to see where our adventures take us you can follow along @ Caraboo213
Where do you see yourself in the future? What would be you love to be doing if you had no limits?
I would really like to go back to school and get my master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. I have been told now is the time to do it before the kids are involved in school activities. That’s going to be my next focus for the future.
However, if I had no limits or responsibilities I’d spend my time doing nonprofit or volunteer work for a cause that l believe in (probably something baby related) and when not doing that I’d like to spend time at the beach or on the water.
Who inspired you in your life to choose your career path?
I became a nurse because of my mom. She was a nurse too and it made such a big impact on me. I was always so proud of her.
I think watching her example made the biggest impact on me. I’ll never forget when I was around 4 we came upon a car accident while out one day and the ambulance had not gotten there yet. A little girl (who was maybe a year or two older than myself at the time) had been thrown through the front window of her parent’s car.This was before the days of booster seats. My mom pulled over and got out to make sure the little girl was okay until help arrived.
Another time I remember, when I was around 6 we were at a local skating rink (you know back in the dark ages before rollerblades). Someone fell and injured their ankle and my mom again was there to help before the ambulance arrived.
Seeing my mom helping people made me want to help others too. She was a super hero in my eyes. It was the drive to help others that she taught me at such a young age that made me want to become a nurse too.
Tell us a funny childhood memory!
It’s funny, but looking back I’m having a hard time coming up with a specific memory. Instead, I keep thinking of all the funny people I’ve known. I have always been really lucky to have amazingly funny friends in my life throughout the years. They made every day funny.
Tell the readers a fun fact about yourself!
The most random fun fact about me is that I can touch my tongue to my nose. I’m probably too proud of this.
What woman do you look up to the most and why?
I have always looked up to my mom. She’s one of those people who will always be there for you no matter what. The kind that will give you everything even if they have nothing just to make sure you are okay. The kind that will drop anything and everything for someone she loves if they need her. She gives without taking and loves without expecting. I wish more people in the world were like her. I think the world would be a much better, much happier, and a lot kinder place.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and why?
The best advice I’ve ever been given is to let go of the mom guilt and learn to forgive yourself. I think any mom will tell you that mom guilt is real. There isn’t a mom out there that I know of, who hasn’t experienced it. Some days as parents are better than others and sometimes we just need to cut ourselves some slack. It’s hard for me at times to take this advice to heart, but it’s sanity saving.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give other women?
Find your tribe. Whether it’s people at work or other moms, you need to find that tribe. I would not be the woman I am today withouta tribe of amazing women loving and supporting me and picking me up when I need it the most along the way. Having a tribe no matter how big or small means that you have someone in your corner at all times. It’s life changing.
You recently had your second baby. How excited were you to be expanding your family again? What’s it like to be a mom of two under the age of two?
So Much Wine!!! I’m kidding.
I am so excited that Cate is here, but it’s a huge adjustment to go from one to two kids, especially when the first one is still pretty much a baby himself. It’s a balancing act for sure. There’s never a time when someone doesn’t need you or your toddler isn’t trying to climb on top of the sleeping baby chanting, “Baby. Baby. Baby.” over and over again. You need support and an outlet (other than wine). This is where my tribe comes in and I have found that expectations of yourself go out the window. Dynamics change, stress levels change, but your love for your children never changes.
(Some pictures of her ADORABLE babies 👶)
Lastly share with me your favortie qoute!
“Turns out, not where, but who you’re with that really matters.”
Okay, so technically it’s a Dave Matthews band song lyric, but it’s probably one of the truest things I’ve ever heard. It’s making memories with people I love that means the most to me, it doesn’t matter where we are as long as we are together.
Be sure to follow Cara on all of her adventures on Instagram @ Caraboo213
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