See how being put on bed rest 24 weeks into her pregnancy inspired one local lady to focus on herself and launch a new lifestyle website that celebrates all the ups and downs of parenthood.
A 3-month hospital stay for preterm labor helped to put things into perspective for Danielle Foulk. She found that she was less distracted by what was going on around her and began to reflect more on the life she was living as well as the twins growing inside her.
“My time on bed red was challenging, to say the least, but my reflections helped me to realize that instead of being angry or resentful, I could find my own bliss from these experiences,” explains Foulk.
It wasn’t an easy path to motherhood for Foulk, who is now the mother of 4-year-old twins. She struggled with infertility, and conquered it, and delivered two healthy babies at 35 weeks. It was then that she learned the first lesson of parenthood – to enjoy your own journey as a parent.
“This first lesson inspired me to start a mission to help parents see that being blissful isn’t about living society’s ideal way of life,” she says. “It’s about accepting and cherishing the unique life that we have been gifted as parents.”
That mission became B|blissful, a Cincinnati lifestyle website that embraces the peaks and pits of parenting by empowering parents to reflect on and appreciate what they are experiencing in their everyday lives.
The website is run by Foulk, who is the founder and CEO of B|blissful. The 30-year-old was born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Early Childhood Education. The mother of twins is also a full-time kindergarten teacher, runner, model, and enjoys coffee, wine, and anything that’s made right here in the Tri-State.
Since launching the website in March 2015, Foulk has also decided to take a step back from teaching in order to spend more quality time with her family, a fun new adventure she’s ready to go on.
Through her lifestyle website, Foulk says that she wants to help parents find their bliss among the chaos and hardships of parenting and everyday life. “I want them to stop comparing themselves to others and just B who they are, because the journey of parents is different for everyone,” adds Foulk.
Aside from helping others with the journey of parenthood, Foulk also wants to help make B|blissful unique on its own. She says that today’s emphasis on social media puts an immense amount of pressure on parents to be “perfect.”
“Perfection as a parent is an unattainable goal, so B|blissful is about parents being real,” she says. “It is not about telling parents how to parent. Rather, it is a place for parents to come and build a community around finding bliss in moments that would otherwise be perceived as struggles or challenges.”
Because part of her mission is to spread positivity beyond the internet and into people’s everyday lives, Foulk recently launched B|boutique. It will feature inspiration T-shirts, tanks, and accessories that are comfortable, affordable, and most importantly, chic. She says the online store will open at the end of May.
In addition to the opening of her online store, Foulk also has a B|strong: May + Healthy Living group on Facebook. “This group was formed to support those who are looking to improve some aspect of their life in a positive way,” she says. There are downloads, advice, and motivation to help group members keep going.
Additionally, Foulk is announcing B|blissful’s first B|you celebrity columnist. The column is for guest writers who love and appreciate the peaks and pits of their parenting adventures and want to share their experiences and lessons from parenthood with the B|blissful community. You can request an application to become a guest writer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.