She’s the brains behind Mrs. Kansas Mommy, a blog where she candidly and poignantly describes raising two little Badass Babes of her own. It’s an honest look at parenting and it often makes me literally laugh out loud.
Kristen: What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
Kuhlman: Watching This Is Us and eating candy that I steal from my kids’ Halloween buckets while they’re at school.
Kristen: What qualifies someone as a “badass” and do you think of yourself as one?
Kuhlman: Yesterday my five year old daughter drew a picture depicting me as a pregnant unicorn. I’d say that means I’m pretty badass in her eyes, especially considering I’m not even pregnant. Or a unicorn. Additional Badassery:
- Doing things that scare you because they might make your life bigger, like entering a pageant as a grown woman, or going after a job you’re not quite qualified for and working your ass off to be great at it, or birthing a child. In that order. I know because I’ve done all of those things, some twice.
- Admitting when you f*cked up and moving forward to correct it. I don’t understand people who have a hard time apologizing. I view it as a way to reclaim your dignity and show that you’re the kind of person who deserves respect too.
- Wearing orange because it’s your favorite color, even after your best friend tells you it looks bad on you.Jessica.
Kristen: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kuhlman: A pregnant unicorn. Also a singer, actress, travel agent, and marine biologist (I was very into the movie Free Willy).
In a way, I became all of these things if you count the Sea-Monkey kit my kids got for Christmas as marine biology. Which I do.
Kristen: Who has inspired you most?
Kuhlman: My celebrity heroes are mostly First Ladies and Comedians: Jackie, Michelle, Louie, Tina, Amy. It may seem like an odd pairing of jobs but if you think about it, these have to be some of the most emotionally-brave people on the planet to do what they do.
In terms of inspiring my life choices and actions, my women friends are the people who bring out the most energy, humor and compassion in me.
Kristen: What are your goals for this year?
Kuhlman: Sadly I don’t have an answer for that, so I will create some now:
- Stop swiping my card when there’s a chip reader. It’s a waste of my time and yours.
- Beat level three on Mario Run.
- Make it to at least one athletic event of each of my nieces and nephews who play the sportsballs.
- Get published.
- Be a better person than I was last year. My husband and I will vote in December and then no matter the consensus, my parents will decide.