Photo credit, gratefully, to Nicole Spangler Photography

 Once upon a time I was a TRAVELER. I met amazing people and ate delicious food. All was well with my world.

And then, I started my real life.

I became a STUDENT earning a BS in Human Development and an MA in Education. I became a classroom and reading TEACHER. I met a man on the internet (When it was still gasp-worthy and new.) and became his WIFE. Shortly after that, I became a MINNESOTAN. He still owes me one for that.

But the biggest earthquake shake to my soul was becoming a MOM. The interrupted sleep. The crying. The diapers. Did I mention the lack of sleep?

But there was also the attachment, the touch, the bungee cords to my heart. Sigh.

Today my labels are woven together. Tightly. A wife of one! A Mama of three! And a brand new puggle owner! Of one, people. Just one new puppy, thankyouverymuch.

To keep me grounded and to add to the lack of sleep factor, I write.

To stretch my writing muscles I spent some time as an assistant editor of a Writer’s Workshop and a contributing writer for TC Jewfolk and World Moms Blog.

Today, I’m deep into my first women’s fiction novel. I’m over the moon for my characters and talk about them often. My husband is a really good listener, and only feels the need to remind me that they’re fictional every once in awhile.

I’m also a freelance writer at several beautiful sites.

At Moonfrye, I write about slices of motherhood. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. My first post there was Siblings at Sunrise, my favorite (so far) is The Music in Our Home and the most humbling to write was Knowing.

At Everyday Family I write for the Mom, Myself, & I channel focusing on the woman-centric side of being a mother. My first post there was Actions Affect and Apologies Matter, Always, the ones that resonated with readers the most (so far) are A Bucket List… for Moms and In My Own Skin: About Bathing Suits and Body Image, and the one that I was most proud to write was Get Out of Your Comfort Zone.

At allParenting, I write about the things that make my mom days tick. What I think about, what I make — in the kitchen and every once in awhile with glitter and glue — and how I spend my time with my kids and on my own. My first article there was Filled to the brim, with happiness.

At The Huffington Post I write about the topics that I’m most passionate about including my children, the messages women do — and should — hear and (my) hot topics such as how we approach and discuss race.

I’m a Special Ambassador Correspondent to People to People whose mission is to expand global experiences one person, and one travel experience, at a time. I was honored to travel to Greece with them this summer and will share my photojournalism of that experience here.

I’m the series editor for Pens and Paint, an anthology series of poetry and artwork created by writers and artists ages six to eighteen, published by unbound CONTENT.

I’m beyond honored to co-bring Listen to Your Mother to the Twin Cities with Tracy Morrison of Sellabit Mum and Vikki Reich of Up Popped a Fox. The experience of seeing women’s stories come together is beyond breath taking.

Once a year I cohost a linkup, Memories Captured, with the lovely Alison of Writing, Wishing. Memories Captured is about slowing down and zooming in on the moments that fleet. It’s the heart of my blogging.

And These Little Waves is my home. It’s where I found my voice and my community and will always be where I turn to to write my heart. Some of my favorite posts include:

About my family- A Walk in the RainOur Jewish Family is Celebrating Christmas This Year, and Sitting Curbside.

Memoir style- Detour, Red and The Night Sky.

About writing- Where I’m From: A Writing Exercise, Betwixt & Between: The Second Draft, and Life.

My writing can also be found at BlogHer, Scary Mommy, Theta Mom, The SITS Girls, Things I Can’t SayJewesses With Attitude, Kveller, TC Daily Planet, Bring Me The News, MinnPostInterFaith FamilyVox PoeticaStory BleedAiming Low, Brain, Child Magazine, and Mamapedia.

Blogging, and the community that comes with it, soothes my soul. I’ve been so very lucky to guest post at In These Small Moments, Mommy Pants, Mama Wants This, Write on Edge, The Kir CornerSpread A Little ThinJust Be Enough, Pause Life for a Moment, Moments That Define Life, Inspiration for Ordinary Life, Let’s Bee Friends, AmyBeth InvernessBy Word of Mouth Musings, The Mommy Matters, Tess Hardwick’s BlogLetters for Lucas, Practical Parenting, Do Sweat the Small StuffLessons From Teachers and TwitsThe Spit Up Chronicles, The Little MummaAll Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something, Coffee Lovin MomFirst Day Walking, Mommy Monster Moments, Chosen Chaos, Sluiter NationKludgy Mom, Wednesday Woman, and The SITS Girls.

I’m so glad that you’re here. Speak your mind. I want to know what’s going on in there. In case you want to know a bit more about me, here’s a glimpse of my family.