Ah, fresh starts. I honestly love the start of a new year because I’m ready to wipe my hands clean from the holiday busyness and get back to life’s routines. There’s something refreshing about taking down that tree (though we’re finally doing that today), getting back to school routines, and not having major family events every other day for a month. Can I get an amen?
I also use the start of a new year to refresh the blog here, and to assess how I need to liven things up, make changes to my own writing life, and to set goals for making this space all God wants it to be — for my family, for the editors and contributors in SLM, and most definitely for you, the readers.
I’ve been wanting to add some fresh content and new topics to Simple Mom for awhile. The best way to do this, I believe, is to add some voices to the writing mix. No one knows everything, but collectively, as a community that prioritizes intentional living, we can pool our wisdom and resources to share from a wealth of knowledge. Together, you, I, and the other contributors know a lot. That’s pretty cool.
So I’m excited that in 2011 I’m adding six new voices to the writing team of Simple Mom! For several years now, I’ve embraced a sanity-saving posting schedule of my words (or a guest poster’s) on Mondays and Fridays, and a regular contributor on Wednesdays. Nothing will change this next year, but I thought it would be fun to add fresh voices and new angles to the content here.
Here are the writers you’ll hear from this next year. And as you can see, we’ve increased the testosterone by quite a bit. Corey, you’re no longer alone!
Corey Allan writes regularly about marriage and relationships on Simple Mom and on his site, Simple Marriage, which is full of laid-back information for improving your relationships. He also has some marriage classes, as well as other resources that will help your marriage.
Working from Home
NEW! Heather Allard is a wife to Scott, mom to Hope, Grace, Brendan & her big ol’ dog, The Dude and the founder of The Mogul Mom, a website for mom entrepreneurs. It’s about diaper changes. Startup funding. Car pools. Play dates. Profit margins. Terrible twos. Legalese. Tween angst. Oh yeah, and building an empire somewhere in the middle of all that.
Green & Frugal Living
Maya Bisineer writes about frugal and green living, and when she gets a break from being mom and entrepreneur, she loves obsessing about the number of bags of trash produced by the household. She is the founder of Memetales – a place to read children’s books, discover activities and show off your creations.
Lisa Byrne writes about health and taking care of yourself, and counsels groups, leads workshops and teaches classes on healthy living when she isn’t burping, bouncing or chasing her little ones around. Her current venture is The WellGrounded Life, a blog dedicated to providing busy moms with support.
DIY & Making it Handmade
NEW! Katie Clemons is an American; her husband is German. They split their time between a 480 square foot apartment in Berlin, Germany and – get this – a house made out of hundreds of recycled tires in the Rocky Mountains. Katie blogs about creating a handmade, simple home at Making This Home. Her handmade shop, Gadanke, is full of journals, travel books, gratitude journals, and baby books.
NEW! Sandy Coughlin is a mom to three active teenagers. Her book, The Reluctant Entertainer (Bethany House 2010), based upon her inspiring blog, restores the lost art of hospitality and in the process helps women break free from isolation and into connection and deeper relationships with others. “Great food and great decor,” she says, “…should help us bless others with relaxation, comfortable conversations, and with new and deeper friendships–that’s the heart and purpose of soulful entertaining.”
NEW! Robin Dance writes about parenting teens at Simple Mom, not because she claims to know everything but because she has three. A former marketing and PR professional, she explores her creative side through photography and writing poetry at her personal blog, PENSIEVE, where she also spills thoughts about family, faith, food and fun…and other things that don’t start with the letter “F.”
Mandi Ehman writes about all things organizing, both on Simple Mom and on her blog, Organizing Your Way. She recently launched Life…Your Way, a site dedicated to helping people sort through information to make the best decisions for their family. Mandi also works as a blog consultant and freelance writer while homeschooling her four girls.
NEW! Shaun Groves writes about the ups and downs of fatherhood and how he manages to stay sane in spite of (or maybe because of?) being a dad. Shaun is a dad of three, founder of Compassion Bloggers and travels the world singing and speaking on behalf of Compassion International. He is also his household’s reigning Candyland champion.
NEW! Charlie Park helps people make sense of their money on Simple Mom and at PearBudget, the simple online budgeting tool he runs. He firmly believes that the simpler your finances are, the better, and he’ll be writing posts on how to bring order out of the chaos in your checkbook. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Virginia.
Megan Tietz writes about kids and parenting, and strongly believes that when it comes to parenting and childhood, simple is better. In 2005, she traded in her lesson plans and grading pens for playgroups and library storytimes as she engaged in her lifelong dream of being a mom at home. Megan blogs about faith, mothering, and natural living at SortaCrunchy.
Making Your Home a Haven
Emily Walker writes about making your home a haven, and is a stay at home mom to two littles. While she and her husband have fixed up their 1960s ranch home, Emily has learned lessons along the way in do-it-yourself, making do with what you have, simplifying, and living life to the fullest. When she’s not busy bossing her hubby around on remodel projects, Emily blogs at Remodeling This Life.
What topics do you enjoy reading about on Simple Mom?