I’m a 41-year-old working mom with two loud little girls. I live in Seattle, and appropriately love coffee, IPAs, animals, and all-things-outdoors. I’m a “Big E” extrovert who married an introvert – and it took me ten years to realize that he really wanted to stay home all those times I tried to make plans for him.

I’ve been an athlete all my life, and grew up doing a variety of sports: swimming, track, horse-back riding, soccer, skiing and tennis. I even spent two summers at an Olympic Development Camp for Modern Pentathlon—an obscure sport consisting of swimming, running, shooting, fencing & horse-back riding. I swam in college, then shifted to triathlons for eight years, raced my bike for four and, after having kids, returned to running and triathlon.

I’m the kind of person where what you see is what you get – whether we meet at a Ballard microbrewery on a Sunday afternoon or I’m presenting at a conference for work. I tried to cultivate a “professional”  persona (that’s different from who I am away from work), but I’ve discovered I do my best work when I can just be myself.

I call myself “Reality Mama” because I’m all about keeping it real. I write about the crazy things I say to my kids, relationships, postpartum depression, triathlon, and the people I love. Facebook is my favorite distraction, and I strive to provide a healthy serving of behind-the-scenes on my Facebook feed – the good, the bad, the ugly, and, especially, the funny. My kids are my primary inspiration for writing, and I’ve compiled an impressive amount of blackmail material that will royally embarrass them when they’re older. I hope I’ve raised them to have great senses of humor – and that they won’t hate me when they’re teenagers. Better yet, I hope they can read my posts and quotes and know how much I love them. (Like, punch-a-mean-kid’s-mom-in-the-throat and throw-myself-in-front-of-a-moving-vehicle-to-save-them kind of love.)

I finally felt comfortable calling myself a writer when my essay was chosen for the HerStories Project anthology, “So Glad They Told Me: Women On Getting Real About Motherhood.” The book will be published in the spring of 2016.

This website is a place where I’ll share my latest essays, funniest quotes, favorite photos, and more. Speaking of photos, the beautiful professional photos of my family are all taken by the talented Hannah Nielsen – www.hannahnielsen.com. She’s awesome.

Thanks for visiting!