Mikala Albertson is a wife and family practice doctor turned mostly stay-at-home mom to five kids ranging from 16 to five. She is passionate about the beauty of an ordinary life and writes under the name Ordinary on Purpose on social media. She will be releasing a book in March of 2022 titled Ordinary on Purpose: Surrendering Perfect and Discovering Beauty Amid the Rubble through Bethany House. Mikala hopes her writing will give permission to let go of 'should' and 'have to' and embrace who you already are...lovely and loved, imperfect and beautiful, ordinary, and so very on purpose.
When I messaged Mikala and asked her to be on the podcast, I thought it would be fun if we talked about the expectations we had before we became moms...and what reality looks like on the other side.
We both have 5 kids (4 boys and 1 girl) and found a lot in common, and while I expected some laughs, I got so much more in my conversation with Mikala. She is so thoughtful, descriptive, and wise and I hope you listen in with a cup of coffee and feel like you are joining in the best conversation about motherhood with trusted friends.
Mikala: "I thought Motherhood was about the big moments…holidays, vacations and special family traditions, and like a designated game night. And those are all very lovely....But I’m learning that—mostly—motherhood happens in ordinary moments. And some of the most meaningful things are small and simple. "
Brittany: "The motherhood experience is so complex. We want to boil it down to, like, the one thing, or the sweet emotion, or the “enjoy it while you can!” or a platitude…but it’s just so many things. Making room for that “both/and”, I think can be a generous gift to ourselves, to say “I miss it” and “I’m grateful” and “I’m sad” and “I’m excited for the future”—all of those emotions are valid.”
"Christmas is Cumulative"
Find Mikala here: