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A Mother Who Is a Playwright / A Playwright Who Is a Mother

By Jennifer Berry The two most empowering choices I ever made were choosing to be an artist and a mother. Against all odds and by sheer…

My Human: A Visual Poem

Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collection Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) which was a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award. Her work…

Like Grandmother like Granddaughter

“Jessamine was sort of a Renaissance woman on the range,” Tempe Javitz says of her late grandmother. “Nowadays many are run totally by women or…

Creative Partnership Between Two Moms

by Rohana Kenin When my co-writing, co-producing, co-starring partner Laura Frenzer and I decided nearly two years ago to write and produce the comedy web…

The Conundrum of Lyle and My Creative Life

By Kristy Ramirez His tiny leg bones were too small for the layer of fat hanging loosely off his thighs. When he yawned or cried,…

On Marrying An Actor…

  By Jennifer Weedon Green “Oh, I make it a rule not to date other actors.” I’ve heard this blanket statement time after time from…

Does my creativity help or hinder my child’s confidence?

I was recently reprimanded for drawing with my young daughter. Upon observing this horrendous act – of us drawing together – a very experienced and well-meaning…

You Don’t Look Like a Graphic Designer

By Bec Adamczewski Mothers judging other mothers. It happens, and is possibly an unavoidable part of parenthood. It’s so easy to say ‘who cares what…

Acting While Pregnant | How I Managed a Successful Career with Baby

  By Jennifer Weedon Green When in doubt, Google it. That’s always been my motto. I’m big on research, both online and off. When my…

The Morning of Imperfect Butterflies

By Becky Tountas The rhythm of the rain on the roof made a pitter-patter sound and the windows were foggy from the moisture when I woke up….

Focus

by Ruth Dawkins A few years ago, I discovered the Unravelling the Year workbook that Susannah Conway publishes on her site. It always provides a…

Love + Art = Marriage

by Melinda Fay Cohabiting like marriage is tough on the ego. Particularly when you come together later in life after all your bad habits are…

A Pumphouse of One’s Own

by Jennifer Savage In graduate school, when I left the man I was engaged to but not in love with I moved into a dark…

I Am Not a Poet

by Ruth Dawkins I used to collect poems, like some people collect postcards or glass paperweights. I’d keep a notebook, and if I read or…

You In Our Bed

By Stella Padnos-Shea Tonight, like last night, husband tempted by the couch’s quiet: that plush other woman, slightly concave in the middle like my body…

Are you suffering from monetization exhaustion?

by Mary Kastle A few years ago, I hit a big wall in my music career. Looking back, I think it was “monetization exhaustion.” Don’t…

5 Wonderful Things About Having a Creative Side-Business

by Jessica Blue 1. Perfect creative outlet My passion/compulsion to create comes from needing something I can do that feels concrete. Teaching and parenting are so…

Mother versus Writer: A Tug of War

by Julianne Palumbo The place where motherhood and creativity intersect is a precarious one. I say this—two books, a magazine, and three children later. When…

Baking Without Regrets

by Liz Weidhorn The phrase “I live with no regrets” has never been uttered from my lips. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a relatively happy person,…

Did I Mention My Invention Convention?

by Stephanie D. Lewis If you can’t be a famous Blogger, you might as well become a well-known inventor, right? I come from a long…

Launching a Product, Kickstarter Campaign… and a New Baby!

by Lily Jones Last week I sat with my newborn son in the Ergo, bouncing him on a yoga ball as I pressed “launch” on…

Screw Your Plan

by Tiffany Han “Well, first, I need to make a plan,” said every single person in this world who wanted to take on a scary…

Confessions of a Paper Hoarder

by Ruth Dawkins I’ve always been a paper hoarder. As a child, and even as a teenager, I’d spend all my pocket money on magazines…

Polka-Dots, Stripes and Glitter Everywhere: How I Learned to Let My Daughter Dress Herself

by Kimberly Haydn Until April 11, 2015: Follow us on Instagram and join our “Best Self-Dressed” Giveaway! At my core, I am a perfectionist. More…

Writing a Book in 34 Easy Steps

by Kaly Sullivan I wrote a book and it’s coming out soon. Within weeks, I will have in my hands 256 pages of my own…

How to Turn Your Photo Project into a Published Book

When I first saw Lucy’s book Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers I nearly swallowed my gum — a whole book of gorgeous photographs…

4 Reasons Why Failure is Good: What I Learned From My Disastrous Stint as a Live TV Sports Reporter

by Angela Tsai Failure is kinda awesome. It takes some audacity for an artistic yet Type-A person like me to utter the words above. It…

The brand of my boy.

So in my quest to advertise you into greatness, the first thing to do is to create a brand. Your brand will not be based…

9 Ways This Pinterest-Phobic Mom Gets Her Creativity On

by Susan Maccarelli This is not a post bashing moms who embrace Pinterest. In fact, I love those moms.  I have a feeling that if…

Twelve Easy Steps to Doing Creative Work while Parenting

We’re excited to introduce Janelle Hanchett, whose writing brilliantly balances both the hilarious and the poignant in her funny and honest parenting blog, renegademothering.com. We…

My Journey from Magazines to Blogging

By Estelle Erasmus I have a confession to make. Even though I have blogged just about once a week (or once every two weeks) since…

Creativity Ever After? What it’s Like to Be Married to Your Creative Partner

Although our wedding was in 2008, my husband and I have been married for 36 years. I know it sounds impossible, but it all comes…

How to Not Become a Better Writer in 3 Easy Days

(Alternative Title: My Virtual Writer’s Retreat) Nowadays most of my writing revolves around “When’s this due?” work emails and commenting on the adorableness of friends’…

The Roles We Play

By Leslie Kendall Dye Three years ago, I got a voicemail congratulating me on winning a role in a play. The director told me when…

5 favorite things I’ve learned about creative moms

Maybe it’s the mulled wine or being stuck inside with bored kids climbing on me, but this time of year always makes me a tad…

The Mommikin birth story and our mission

Larissa and I met in 2003 in graduate school at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. (Yes, the one from Project Runway, and…

How I lost my creativity

When I was in design school, I had a 20 minute walk from my apartment on the Lower East Side to class. In that time,…

5 things I learned about creativity from my son

  1. Anything can be used as a drawing utensil and canvas (for example, much of my son’s work is string cheese on window pane)….

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