I launched my freelance writing career in earnest back in 2003, when I placed a 200-word story on getting stains out of baby clothes in Parenting magazine. After that ambitious start, I went on to write hundreds of articles and essays for newsstand magazines, websites, and blogs, including dozens of national glossy magazines like Good Housekeeping and Parents, regional publications like Michigan BLUE and Midwest Living, and respected news sites like NYTimes.com and NBCNews.com.
I also published four books, most recently The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, a joint publication between Parenting Magazine and Weldon Owen.
From 2009 to 2015, I went all-in on pro blogging. My website The Happiest Mom (later re-branded to The Happiest Home) reached hundreds of thousands of loyal fans, and in addition to essays and articles on creating more satisfaction in motherhood, I created authentic, engaging content on behalf of brand partners like ConAgra, Pepperidge Farm, Whirlpool and many others.
Because I’ve never met a career pivot I didn’t like, in 2015 I again shifted my focus to podcasting, expanding my then-fledgling podcast network Life, Listened to include a new show, The Mom Hour, co-hosted with Sarah Powers. The Mom Hour has gone on to become a top-rated show in Apple’s Parenting category, has been downloaded over 5 million times, has worked with 150+ brand partners, and publishes around 100 episodes a year, reaching a uniquely loyal audience.
In perhaps my most surprising pivot, in 2016 I landed a fun gig as the co-host of a top-40 radio morning show in my local market, and held that position for two years before deciding that the trying to juggling raising five kids as a recently-divorced mom with both an early-morning radio show and a full-time career as a business owner and podcaster was a little much…even for me.
In 2017, Sarah and I formally partnered on both The Mom Hour and Life, Listened, which now operates as a creative agency and podcast network, helping launch new lifestyle shows while connecting brands with engaged audiences in the women’s podcast space.
Through it all, I’ve remained a leader in the women’s digital content space. I’ve appeared in the media many times, including major publications and networks like the New York Times, MSNBC, and Fox & Friends Weekend. I speak regularly at business and media conferences, women’s retreats, and corporate events, and facilitate webinars for business organizations, and continue to innovate and create new digital products and services.
Coming soon, I’ll be launching Mother of Reinvention, a podcast and content series aimed at women who are re-inventing their lives, careers, and/or relationships. Stay tuned, or join my email list to keep up to date on everything I have going on.