I’m Erin. I’m 36.
I live in Chicago, in the Beverly neighborhood on the far south side of town. I live with my husband, Scott, our daughter, Abigail, and our dog, Glin.
I started this site when I was 23, back when blogs were called online journals, we handed coded everything and GeoCities was where it all happened. Since then, I’ve done the following, in no specific order: switched jobs eight times; got married; divorced; turned 30; lost 50 pounds; had 15 minutes of fame for the blog that documented that weight loss; competed in countless 5ks, several 10ks, a triathlon and a half-marathon; got remarried; was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease; published a book; suffered from panic attacks; bought a house; and, most importantly, had a baby.
In all of the years I’ve kept this Web site, I’ve had a few themes run throughout, but mostly I just wrote about what moved me at the time. This seems to remain the case, though of course we’re a little All Baby, All The Time now here. New humans will do that.
I went through a rough bout of postpartum depression after having Abigail. I talked about it a lot when she born and I was diagnosed, and I still mention it from time-to-time. That experience affected me deeply so I doubt PPD as a topic will go away any time soon.
I have no parenting philosophies or agendas. None whatsoever. If I actually subscribe to anything, it is to the Moxie Manifesto. I firmly believe that, with a few huge exceptions, most parents really are doing the best they can. This includes you. I think you’re doing a wonderful job.
I do, however, believe that more than private school, organic purees, and whatever else I’m supposed to be worried about on behalf of my kid, what my daughter most needs is a mother who is present. I want to be present for my life, present for my daughter. This blog is now about being present, and how I’m trying, each day, to maintain that.
In addition to the blog posts, you can see what I’m reading at Goodreads if that’s your thing. I’ve now started a Tumblr, which will keep track of odds and ends that I see throughout the day; recipes and meals; fun quotes and pictures. You can also follow me on Twitter, or on Pinterest, where I’m posting primarily inspirational sayings I stumble on and pretty stuff in general because that seems to be the thing to do with Pinterest. I’m using those things to compliment the content here, and since I joined 2007 and now have an iPhone, I can update those things with greater ease than I can this site.
I love to exercise and read healthy living/cooking blogs and magazines. I’m not a health nut, but I eat pretty cleanly and it’s made the difference for me. I’ve always battled with keeping weight off and not hating myself because of it. For me, it’s simple: I don’t enjoy being overweight, primarily because I like working out hard and being overweight makes that difficult. I’m always exploring and trying out new things in this arena.
I have a link to dailymile on the right-hand side, a site I love and adore, if you’d like to read about my workouts each week. Mostly I run, go to boot camp, spin and do yoga.
Some other things to know: I am a Vice President at Edelman Digital. Everything I talk about here has nothing to do with my job, and I’ll never talk about the details of my work here. I may mention a client or two, and when that happens, I’ll point it out. All of my opinions here are my own, and I won’t be promoting my clients here.
I’ll consider advertising or product reviews, but for the love of God: see above. Do your homework. Please pitch things to me that you think I would actually use or my audience would, too. If you send me a lousy pitch, I will use you as an example of what not to do when I’m talking about the dos and don’ts of blogger outreach.
Thank you for stopping by and reading. If you want to email me, please feel free to drop me a line at erin0420 at gmaildotcom.