I’m Jessie Ereddia — perfectionist turned grace enthusiast, cheerleader for new mamas, and a mom of two kiddos who love to keep me on my toes!
When I first became a mom, all of my hopes and dreams of being the best mom ever quickly flew out of the window as I realized just how much my long-time struggle with perfectionism was affecting me — and now my daughter.
Instead of enjoying life as a new mom, I found myself constantly overwhelmed and stressed by skipped naps, sleepless nights, and everything else that was out of my control.
Instead of walking in confidence and peace, my perfectionism combined with postpartum rage caused a never-ending cycle of striving for perfection, lashing out in anger, and wrestling with guilt.
I wasn’t the best mom ever. I was the angry mom. Perfectionist mom. Stretched too thin mom. The “checked out” mom.
Motherhood wrecked me, but in the best way possible — because it forced me to reexamine the so-called “truths” I had been believing in and all of the things I had been working towards: that picture-perfect, Pinterest-worthy life that I thought would fill me or at least make God proud.
For the first time, my eyes were opened to just how enslaved I was. Enslaved to perfectionism and its lies. Enslaved to stress, shame, and anger. I was sick of it. It was time to break out of this cycle — and not just for myself, but for my family.
So I took my desperate longing for perfection and set my sights on a new goal: finding freedom in the Lord.
Little by little, baby step by baby step, my heart began to be transformed as I sought after Biblical wisdom, resources, and counsel that helped me change my unhealthy mindsets, replace lies with truth, and finally learn to love motherhood in all of its messy, imperfect glory.
Instead of losing my temper over all that was out of my control, now I was able to discipline my toddler with PATIENCE and speak to my husband with LOVE.
Instead of falling apart after a sleepless night, now I could actually face my day with CONFIDENCE and STRENGTH.
Instead of giving in to the temptation to check out on Netflix, now I was EXCITED about being present with my kids.
And instead of feeling overwhelmed by my unending to-do list, now I knew how to prioritize better, actually be PRODUCTIVE (not just busy), and approach all things through the lens of GRACE.
Perfectionism no longer ruled me! Even when the house was a mess and I was being met every day with the constant demands of two under two, I marched to a different drumbeat: the rhythms of grace. And it’s these rhythms of grace that have defined my motherhood journey ever since. They are what have enabled me to be the happiest, healthiest mom I have ever been — not because I’m perfect, but because I’ve learned how to walk in freedom and rest in Gospel truths.
Now it’s my dream to help moms of little ones, like me, find freedom from perfectionism and stress, so that they can love their imperfect motherhood, too!
By sharing the truths, tools, and strategies that have turned my world upside down, I want to walk step-by-step with new mamas through the process of transforming mindsets and incorporating grace-based rhythms into everyday life.
No more perfectionist, angry mom. No more stretched too thin or “checked out” mom. Only the mom set free.
You can find me making memories with my husband Grant and our two girls, Tessa and James, in our little three-bedroom home just outside of Atlanta.
Both of our girls’ births were unmedicated, natural births, and our Jamie was actually born at home! You can read her homebirth story on the blog.
As a 4 on the Enneagram, I’ve got a heart full of feeling and a passion for living out God’s unique calling for my life.
I’ve been a podcaster since September 2017 and I am LOVING it! Exploring this new creative medium through the Soul Care for the New Mom podcast has made sharing my story and ministering to women all the more exciting!
sharing my story of overcoming perfectionism and how I choose to walk in the GRACE and VICTORY of Jesus
teaching busy moms like me how they can get and STAY in the Word
giving moms the tools and eyes to see the Lord in their day to day motherhood
giving the real inside scoop on what it’s like to have two littles just nineteen months apart and all the ways I’m learning to keep my sanity
helping moms break free from stress
chasing after my God-given dreams and cheering other women on as they do the same!