Meagan Schultz is a “Makeshift Genius”

Today I contacted Meagan Schultz regarding an interview for the book.  She is a wife and mother of two young boys.  She is also a freelance writer; she is a regular contributor to MKE Moms Blog, and her work has appeared at Mamalode, Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama and Write On, Mamas.

You can find Meagan online in two places.  One is meaganschultz.com, where she blogs regularly about her everyday life.  The other is makeshiftgenius.com, which is her side project where she writes short posts three times a week.  This is a one year project for her to keep her accountable to her writing schedule, and she thought it would be fun to share it with the world.  I’m so glad she did!

Check out these links to Meagan’s work, and hopefully we will be hearing more from her soon!

Kristin Helms blogs about the mom life at The Mommy Project San Diego

I just can’t get enough of the Literary Mama website these days.  I came across a great article again today:  “Returning to Writing” by Kristin Helms.  Kristin is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, and she blogs about the mom life at The Mommy Project San Diego.  On her blog she address issues like making the adjustment from one child to two and coming to terms with her new role as a stay-at-home mom after 15 years in the corporate world.  I think she would be a perfect fit for the book.

I’ve sent her a request for an interview, and I hope to hear back from her soon.  In the meantime, check out her website.  There’s so much to enjoy over there.

Caitlin Thomson writes for joy

I contacted Caitlin Thomson today regarding an interview for the book.  I happened upon her article “Writing for Joy” on Literary Mama today.  (Here is my previous post about Literary Mama.)  Judging from this one piece, I think she would be a great fit for the book.  It’s really about how it all collides:  motherhood, chores, being a wife, that need to create, and work.  She describes it so eloquently as though it is this beautiful mash-up that just works out.  I was definitely left wanting to read more.

You can learn more about Caitlin on her website at www.caitlinthomson.com.

Art and Motherhood

I definitely thought this was worth sharing.  It was originally posted on April 15, 2016, on the blog Commonplacekitab.

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So this article just came across my radar:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/04/portrait-motherhood-creativity-c-v-r.html

Whoa.  A lot to unpack.  And think about.  So first of all I want to start out by saying no matter how much I end up disagreeing with Kim Brooks, I am grateful to her for writing this article as it was enormously thought provoking for me.  And wow!  Isn’t that a refreshing feeling?  To be happy someone argued a point well and challenged your own assumptions, even if it did not overturn them?  I’m feeling hopeful and spring-y today (also the baby just went down for a nap and that’s it’s own kind of high).

My first read of the article was cathartic and deeply disturbing.  It addresses all those fears that having a child ends or completely inhibits the artist mother.  There are questions of identity-how do I keep calling myself an artist while also being a mom as…

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It’s been quiet around here…

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I’m sorry it’s been a little quiet here on the blog.  I’ve been reading an amazing book, Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton, so I’ve been working behind the scenes to make the blog even better.  The world of blogging is completely new to me, and this book has been perfect for me.  It’s geared toward writers, but I think anyone interested in starting a blog could benefit from reading it.

I’ve got some exciting interviews coming up.  I’ll be visiting with Meg Lemke, editor-in-chief of Mutha Magazine soon.  She also programs the comics and graphic novels at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is this weekend!  Oh, how I wish I could be there!

I’ll also be talking with Lauren Lim of Photography Concentrate.  You can see my previous post about her here.  She has been such a pleasure to visit with so far; I can’t wait to share a little bit of her interview with you.

I’ll also be talking with designer Erin Flett.  She was featured in the September 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. She was featured as one of the Style Makers of 2016!  I absolutely love her style, and I can’t wait to get to know her better.

So, stay tuned!  Many great things to come… I’m learning lots about blogging and the blog is getting better everyday, and I’ve got some really great interviews coming up that I am so excited about.  Can’t wait to share them with you!

Natasha Kelly says, “Be gentle on yourself.”

I recently had the opportunity to interview Natasha Kelly.  If you’ll remember, Natasha is one of the co-founders of Sham of the Perfect.  She’s also a documentary family photographer from Melbourne, Australia, and a wife and mother of three children.

I wanted to share with you a small part of our recent talk.  When asked if she had any words of wisdom for other creative mothers, she had this to say:

“Let go of expectations. Don’t look at other artists & see what they are doing & how they’re doing it & feel like you must do it that way too. Be flexible, fit in what you can, when you can. It’s ok to put housework last & your creative work first. Be gentle on yourself.”

I think this is so important.  All of it.

  1.  Stop comparing yourself to others.  We are all guilty of it in probably every aspect of our lives.  Unfortunately, even our creative lives.  This should be the one place that we can be ourselves and not worry about that others are thinking or doing.
  2. Housework can wait.  Mine does.  I bet yours will too.
  3. Don’t be so hard on yourself.  I think that’s why I love the Sham of the Perfect project so much.  It gives us a glimpse into someone else’s true life, not someone’s pinteresty, perfect, how she wants to be portrayed on social media life.  Real life.  Milk spilled on the kitchen counter.  Laundry piled up.  Kids unhappy.  Yep, this is how we live sometimes.

Thank you, Natasha, for the great interview and these wonderful words of wisdom.  And don’t forget to be gentle on yourself.

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Kym Vitar says it’s okay to be selfish

In my recent interview with lifestyle photographer Kym Vitar, she addressed the issue of taking time for herself.  This is what she had to say:

Moms always feel like they are being selfish even if they lock the door to go to the bathroom! And that is not ok!! We need to nurture ourselves and our souls before we can truly be happy creatives! One thing I do is take at least one workshop a year. I haven’t done any out of state or over night ones yet, as I live near LA, there are quite a few that are always available in this area, but it is my time to put myself first and a way of honing my skills and always learning/ connecting with other creatives.”

She also goes on to say, “Also, it’s OK to be selfish and want to do something on your own. Let Daddy have a date day with the kids, and you can take that time to read or sew or paint or build or learn calligraphy. It’s just as important for YOU to take classes and learn new skills as it is your kids! We spend so much time pushing our kids into sports and school that it’s a neat and important for our kids to see us learn how to something new too! My philosophy is life is you are never too old to learn! And it makes such an impact on your kids to see you making yourself creatively happy!”

I could not agree with her more.  I whole-hearted believe that moms need to tend to themselves so that they can be the best for their families.  That’s way easier said than done.  It’s so easy to shove our wants, needs and desires to the back burner because someone (everyone) else wants/needs/desires something.  That’s just how it is for moms, but it shouldn’t be that way all the time.  Sure, part of that is just part of being a mom and a grown up.  Everyone has to put aside wants and wishes for the real world, but I encourage you to intentionally take some time just for yourself, hopefully, everyday.  In years past, I would go to pick my oldest up from school about 30 minutes early to just have that little bit of quiet time to read a book or magazine.  I looked forward to that time everyday, and that’s all I needed–just a little break in the middle of the day.

I believe that if you give and give and give and don’t purposefully take some time for yourself you will become resentful toward your family.  That’s obviously not what you want.  I mean this in the nicest way possible… that’s your fault.  Everyone gets 24 hours in the day.  Take control of it and carve out some time for yourself.  I also think that moms who don’t take the time that they need can become short-tempered with their children and/or husband.  Also, not good.  Take some time.  Just a few minutes everyday.

That reminds me of this post from Esther Anderson on “Story of this Life” Facebook page yesterday:

I’m currently upstairs folding a massive pile of laundry and I can hear Ellia downstairs with her daddy talking his ear off, “daddy, hey daddy, daddy look…”

I can honestly say that I’d rather be up here folding this laundry right now than down there 😁 Is that bad? Cause it’s the truth.

I think we’ve all been there. 🙂