Welcome To Catch This Mama!
We are here to help make your life easier, by giving solutions to the challenges you face as a mom on a daily basis. Catch This Mama will empower you to own your mom life.
Being a mama is the greatest gift imaginable. Being a mama is also really tough! In our tribe, we understand the struggle to balance it all! Mamas have to clean, cook, work, make big decisions and so much more, all while trying to maintain our God given talents and self identity. Do you feel like you are in survival mode and on the verge of meltdown on the daily? You aren’t alone. We need each other and we need inspiration and solutions to empower us to be who we were intended to be. That’s why we’ve created a weekly podcast to showcase other Mom’s who have went head to head with adversity and overcome obstacles to design their life.
Here at Catch This Mama we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We make light of our shitty days and embrace the good ones. We don’t judge on mistakes we’ve made, but rather look forward to what we could be with a little help from our tribe. Mama, beautiful people do not just happen. Beautiful people are created after being drug through the mud of trial and error.
The Bottom Line
You’ve got something BIG to understand, work through, and ultimately BE. We are here to help you get there! By joining our community, reading our blogs, taking our challenges, and listening to other Mom’s who have faced adversity on our podcast, you’ll be able to overcome, learn, grow and ultimately have people stop and stare as you run laps around them in the day to day grind.
Trust me! You’ll be all like, go ahead and try to Catch This Mama!
You can check out some of our latest podcast episodes below!
Stay a while and don’t leave until you’ve shown us what we need to know about you. What is the single biggest challenge you are facing as a Mom today? Shoot us a note in the "contact" section! Fill out the podcast submission below and let us know what your challenges are! We will do our best to address them on the podcast!
Welcome to the Catch This Mama Podcast
Meet the Host and gal behind the business and movement
is a wife to a hunk-of-a-man, Chuck and is blessed with 3 little girls Reese, Everly and Charlie. She recently quit her job to be home with her girls and passionately pursue Catch This Mama. In her free time she is typically googling to see if the mischief her kids are getting into is normal. She also enjoys a good book, like once a year, if time permits. Danie is the crunchy Mama who is dreaming of living on a farm with chickens and a massive garden. She lives in a large-ish city in Iowa with her family. You can follow her Instagram account @catchthismama.
Meet the Cohost and "Cool Mom"
is a wife to a true saint, Tom, and Mama to 2 awesome little girls Claire and Lily. She is fortunate to work part-time as a nurse and full time as a Mom! No sleep is the new normal as she hasn't slept for more than 3 hours in the last 3 years! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family, napping and trying her best to be the trendy, cool mom. She lives in a small-ish midwest town in Illinois with her family. You can check out her beautiful family and follow along with her life on Instagram @fergmama.
A Note From the Founder
My Aha Moment
The Long Story
Hi. I'm Danie.
I grew up believing life would be simple. I had this picture perfect idea of how my life would go. If you were determined and hardworking then your dreams would come true. Or, if you experience life changes such as a career change, marriage, baby, etc. then you have an aha moment in the beauty of it all and thus it provides clarity to what your purpose is in this world. I couldn’t have been more wrong in this assumption. My aha moment was anything but luxurious and amazing. My aha moment came at a time where nothing made sense. In the thick of it all, my aha moment felt like a complete loss.
I felt a lot of things came easy to me in life. I worked hard, don’t get me wrong, but it seemed I got whatever I wanted with little effort. I graduated college in 3 short years. I got married at 21. I had two children by 27 and a steady career I was devoted to. It felt like it was all in order. I lived on the notion that just because life wasn’t easy and I experienced tough situations and heartbreak over the years, I couldn’t use it as a crutch. I had to push on and block those items out of my life. I had to run past those road blocks as fast as humanly possible. That was the worst thing I could have done. I faced nothing. I admitted no loss in life. I failed to acknowledge any shortcomings. I was a runner, you see. When times got tough, I would run. If work was hard or uncomfortable, I ran and switched jobs. If my personal family life was on the rocks, I would run and avoid it all together for months. I would push those closest to me away so that I didn’t have to face the issue. Or, I would hide behind humor and joke a situation off. Fake it ‘til you make it right? Wrong.
I’ve done this since I can remember. I recall being 4 years old and running from a neighborhood girlfriend because I wanted her toy and she wouldn’t let me have it. I never played with her again.
When I was 5 years old, divorce flew through our home like a tornado, leaving my siblings and parents completely destructed and torn apart. I avoided those feelings all my life. I blamed it on the fact that I was too young to feel anything over this event and didn’t understand their emptiness, anger or sadness. In addition to this, I encountered infertility, marriage struggles, death of loved ones, orthorexia(look it up, it's real), and mental health breakdowns and severe alcoholism with close family members. I failed to face any of it. I failed to see what
God wanted me to see and feel. I got used to the rat race of life and pushed aside the feeling that deep down in my heart, I knew I wanted to be home with my precious girls. I have felt a tug at my heart since having my children that I needed to be home with them. It never got easier as they grew, I just got used to it. I had a boss tell me that I get to spend the rest of my life with my kids and encouraged me to stay longer at happy hours with people I didn’t even enjoy being around. I listened to that person instead of what was in my heart and what God wanted.
Last year is when that aha moment happened. I was living as far away from reality as possible. I was numb. I loved the people in my life but outside of my kids, I did a poor job of showing it. I dove into work and relationships with people that didn’t really mean anything to me. Then, I lost my job. The runner in me had nowhere to run, but home. I cried for days. Life made no sense. As I was sulking on the basement couch, where I had been for the entire morning, my husband came down to see me. He didn’t have to be there. He could have left me at that very moment because of my pathetic state. He leaned over to me and grabbed tightly onto my hands. He said, “God Damnit Danie, I am proud of you. You are everything to me and I will always fight for you. We will have struggles in life, but as long as we struggle together, it will be okay.” That was my aha moment. That is when I faced everything.
Life is hard. It sucked not growing up with a Dad around at all of my sports events, graduations, and Birthdays. So, I faced it. Fortunately, I have a relationship with him now! The infertility struggle was very real for us for many years. I had an eating disorder in college. Everyone knew it, but me. We have had marriage disagreements and struggles over coping with life changes. All of these things and so much more, I had to come to terms with. It took me a long time to get there but only a short minute to snap the hell out of what I thought was important in life.
I’m sharing this story of vulnerability not for sympathy, but to show that we need each other. We can’t do this crazy world alone. We aren’t perfect. We all sin. My husband loved me when I thought I was unlovable. He did what God wanted and I will follow his lead. God loves us in our weakest moments. So, today, I thank God for that aha moment. After I faced all of this, life became clear. Not easy, but so undeniably clear. Facebook and social media might portray our family and your life as “perfect”. It is because we haven’t shared the ugly. But, I’m confident people want to see the “real” in us too. A close family member and dear friend shared this awesome blog with me and from it came this bit of writing by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, "The most beautiful people we have known, are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
After my aha moment, I realized I had a deep gratitude for those Moms that helped me through the tough times and now have an insatiable desire to help you get through your daily challenges.
The Short Story
We all go through shit. Every day of our lives we have to make tough decisions. I don't know what brought you here. But, I want you to stay until you've taught me what I need to know about you.
This site is for those yearning and open to being the best they can be. This site is for those moms that go out and kick ass each day but struggle to see their worth.
This site is for the moms open to inspiration and growth. I look forward to working with you.