About Studio Mothers
Whether you’re a professional painter, an unpublished novelist, a collage artist, photographer, or musician, the work you love isn’t a “hobby.” It’s the way you make sense of the world.
Given the challenges of daily life with children, a home, and perhaps a paying job, managing any kind of consistency in your creative work — or even the occasional creative binge — is often elusive. Creativity gets dropped to the bottom of the list, or lopped off altogether.
Understandably, sometimes it feels like combining motherhood and creative work is an impossible proposition.
Of course it’s not impossible — just difficult, at times. For me and many others, turning dreams into reality is easier with a group of supportive friends watching your back. We benefit from a network of women who share similar challenges and success. Checking in regularly, and seeing the progress that others are making, is inspirational food for the creative soul. To facilitate those truths, I started this blog in January 2008 to support my fellow creatives.
During a collection of major life transitions, I took a two-year hiatus from the blog. In June 2017, I brushed off the dust and restarted this little gem. We still have 16,000+ e-mail subscribers!
I’m a certified creativity coach, writer and editor, and mother of five children ages 27 through 9. (My oldest son, Russell, is a professional musician, as is my next oldest, Matthew.) My short e-book, written specifically for creative mothers with young children, is available here.
In 2017, my life-design workbook, Life By Design: 52 Lists, Questions, and Inspirations for Finding Your Happiness, was published by Castle Point Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. Built on a framework of design thinking, Life By Design is a practical workbook that guides you through applying principles of design to intentional life choices. From career to love to extracurricular pursuits, the exercises in this book help you decide how to innovate and iterate your way to a well-lived life.
This illustrated journal was followed by The Power of Quiet: An Inspirational Journal for Introverts, and Press Pause: A Journal for Self-Care, Intention, and Slowing Down.
All creatives are welcome here. A number of our community members are non-mamas — and even male! Don’t forget to join in the Studio Mothers fun at Facebook.
PS: In our earlier days, this blog was known as “Creative Construction.” So you may see references to that name in older posts.