Hey, it’s Bri. I’m a (former, I guess I have to say) Top 40 radio personality now stay-at-home mama living in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia, with my husband and 18-month-old son. I know what you’re thinking, “Great, another mommy blog!” Eye rolllll.
This isn’t my first time blogging. I used to write a blog and have a radio segment / weekly online video series called ‘Bri’s Cheese & Sleaze’ from 2007-2014. It mainly revolved around celebrity news but, to be honest, for the last few years I have been beyond tired of talking about (and knowing so much about) other people’s lives. It was actually mentally exhausting to maintain something so superficial. Sure, I could keep my listeners / readers “in the know” and sometimes make them laugh (at the expense of someone else), but what was I really contributing to the world by spreading gossip?
I still loved writing. I just didn’t love what I was writing about.
Having my son in October 2014 put my radio career on hold. I took my full year of maternity leave but by my son’s first birthday, I had made the choice to continue to stay at home with Sebastien full time and not to return to work. It wasn’t a decision made lightly (which I’ll go into more detail about at another time) but the fact that I still struggle with not having a job actually led to me starting this blog.
I took a lot of time to reflect and reassess what I want to do for myself since I’ve taken radio off the table for now. The truth is, I never actually stopped writing. I just stopped sharing my writing. I have an iPhone full of notes and several friends telling me that I need to blog again. It was clear that I hadn’t been feeling creatively fulfilled without writing. Also, I’ve wanted to be more personal in my blog for a long time now. Fear was always holding me back though.
When you open up on the internet, you’re also opening yourself up to criticism. Plus, there is that voice in my head that constantly scoffs, “Pfft, who would want to read what I have to say?” Then I realized I was just making excuses not to put myself out there.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from motherhood so far, it’s that we all have struggles and we all need support. We simply need to relate to each other more, if only to know we’re not alone. And if I ever want to be a part of that, I have to let my guard down. So, I’m finally going for it!
I personally have read some lifestyle or mommy blogs that left me feeling like I need to step it up or that I’m not doing enough, but that’s the complete opposite goal of BriCook.ca. This is not a platform to pretend my life is perfect because I don’t think it’s healthy to either a) consume or b) keep up with the facade of putting out that kind of message. My intention is to be open, vulnerable, honest, real, and for once, myself.
Some of the topics I plan to cover include:
- struggling with not working
- looks and body issues
- breastfeeding problems
- turning 30
- social media toxicity
Granted, I’ve never been paid to blog so I’m not sure I can call this my job. Let’s just call it a hobby for now!
Hope you enjoy the new BriCook.ca!
xo – Bri
P.S. Learn more about me HERE.
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