Thoughts on Thought Leaders

They are well articulated. They are very charismatic. They are referred to by others as some of the most generous people they ‘know.’ They churn out blog posts and Medium think pieces and YouTube motivational videos faster than you have time to even consume. They travel the country speaking at event, after event, after event. Most…

Your Blog Doesn’t Have to Make Money

You can write content for your blog and not worry about who reads it. You can write content for your blog and not worry about maximizing it’s reach. You can write content for your blog and not share it across every social media outlet at the most optimized times based on analytic measurements and Klout…

Why I Skipped WordCamp Miami

This girl. That’s why.   MomLife is Real Life My real life is not WordPress. My real life is not WordCamp. And there’s nothing wrong with my reality. I’ve cancelled several events over family priorities in the past. Some people in our tight-knit WordPress community think I use my kids as an excuse to get out…

Burn Those Bridges & Don’t Look Back

Twenty-fifteen was a Good Year I continued my life plan of ditching people who suck, building relationships with people who don’t, and trusting myself to know the difference. And you know what? To date, 2015 is my most successful year ever. Family-wise, career-wise, finance-wise. I’ve been on this particular trajectory since 2011 and I have…

Letters For My Mother #1

I knew that winter break was going to kick my butt because guess what – even though all the kids are now over the age of 10, it doesn’t really seem to matter. They are every bit as time consuming as they ever were. They’ve just replaced play dates with “Mom, can you drive us…

Losing Notes and Other Analog Remembrances

I LOVE PAPER I love the way it feels to write on. Color on. Mark on. I love how much it weighs. I love the variety of colors, texture, weight, you can pick for writing on. My ex-father in law was a printer and his print shop was one of my favorite places to hang…

2am Basecamp Messages

The best thing about freelancing – and working with really cool teams & clients – is working when I want/working around my family schedule. Tonight that happens to be from 11pm-4am. I know, I know…4am… but honestly this is my natural rhythm. The house is quiet. Dark. Cool. Calm. I can focus. think. There’s clarity in the tasks. I get to…

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Los Angeles

Well, about that thing I said…. I said I was on a WordCamp hiatus for 2015, because of tight budgets and teenagers needing a lot of things this year. Single Mom Income has to be managed with some self-control. (Otherwise I’d be at all the WordCamps!) But my friend, colleague, and team member, Gregg Franklin,…

Free WordPress Logo Cross Stitch Pattern

I’ve become completely enamored with the really fun, modern, eclectic, and trendy cross-stitch patterns on Etsy. I even have a favorite cross stitch store! (Go check her stuff out – if you love design, you’ll love her work!) Being the complete nerd that I am, I just had to know how people were creating their own cross…