About

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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.

Today my labels are woven together, tightly. Writer. Mother. Wife.

I’m a LONG-FORM ESSAYIST, a RESEARCH-BASED TREND PIECE WRITER, and a CONTENT CURATOR. Here’s how I started, where I’ve been, and where I consider my online writing homes today.

To stretch my writing muscles, I spent some time as an ASSISTANT EDITOR of a WRITER’S WORKSHOP and a COLUMNIST for TC Jewfolk and World Moms Blog. I also wrote PERSONAL ESSAYS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD for Soleil Moonfrye’s Moonfrye and Mamalode Magazine. My favorite essays at each of these were The Music in Our Home and Where I’m From. And I wrote for SheKnows’s Home & Living and Pets & Animals channels — my favorite articles there were the first quiz I ever wrote, Book smart or street smart: Which one are you? and a fun, quirky article called These dogs are ready to hit the beach hard.

Today, I’m a FREELANCE WRITER for several beautiful sites. I upkeep a running list of all the articles I write on-line and these are the sites I write them for.

AT ALLPARENTING, from curating recipes and tips to starting important conversations that need to be had, this is the place I write about the things that make my mom days tick. My first article at allParenting was Filled to the brim, with happiness and my favorite heavy hitting topics there (so far) have been  Zero Tolerance: Not what it’s cracked up to bePhotographer who witnessed domestic violence called unethical and Do women apologize too much?

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. From there, I began by writing personal essays about this topic that intrigues me so very much. Some of my favorites were A Bucket List… for MomsIn My Own Skin: About Bathing Suits and Body Image, Five Keys to a Happy Marriage, and Getting Our Girls Out of the Box: About Feminist Parenting. Today, I curate what some of the smartest, savviest women have to say about topics that are most important to them. I’m ridiculously proud to help women use their voices via their keyboards to add to conversations such as Why Fatherhood Matters, How Women Redefine Success, and How the Internet Made Me a Better Person.

AND 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, international travel, and (my) hot topics such as how we approach and discuss race. My first article on The Huffington Post was Maternal Mental Health: When Breast Isn’t Best and my two most popular articles there (so far) have been 6 Things Introverted Women Do Right and 5 Kinds of School Friends All Moms Should Have. The irony of this isn’t lost on me.

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 last summer and I share my photojournalism of that experience here.

I’m also a BLOGGING AMBASSADOR to OTCsafety, a resource for the safe and effective use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. I’m proud to carry their important message as a writer, and as a mother.

Mostly, I’m just smitten with the power of words and am hard-pressed to find a topic I don’t enjoy writing about. I’ve had ESSAYS PUBLISHED IN PRINT in several anthologies and magazines: Write for the Fight, Living Jewishly, Mamalode Magazine: Space, The HERStories Project, This is Childhood, Memories, and My Other Ex: Women’s Trie Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. I’m beyond proud to have my words on these pages, you can learn more about each of these works here.

I’m also 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.

Continuing the thread of my passion for women telling their stories, I CO-DIRECT an annual show featuring live readings called, Listen to Your Mother Twin Cities with Tracy Morrison of Sellabit Mum and Vikki Reich of Up Popped a Fox. LTYM began in 2010 with one woman (Ann Imig) and one show (in Madison, WI). This last year, it was quite literally a storytelling movement with shows across the country in 32 cities. In the two years since we’ve brought the show here, The Twin Cities has proven to be a perfect home for LTYM, hosting 14 readers and 550 audience members. The experience of seeing women’s (real) stories thread together to tell the story of motherhood is beyond breath-taking.

My writing has been FEATURED ON-LINE on 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, Mamapedia, Bon Bon Break, and What to Expect.

And 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.

These Little Waves is my HOME, it’s where I found my voice, my community, and my career and it will always be where I tell my story.

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 today and a video I made of us when I first started blogging; both warm my heart over — twice.

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Photo credit, gratefully, to Nicole Spangler Photography