Motherhood & Words

day 11: bump life

Thank you to Megan Flatt at BUMP Life for hosting today’s stop on the Use Your Words virtual book tour! I love Megan’s post about realizing that she’s a real writer and that writing is her passion.

Megan is the founder of BUMP Life, a blogger, a pre- and postnatal fitness expert and most importantly, a mom to two adorable children. As a mother, Megan sees how important a community of moms is for the health and well being of entire families and whole communities.  In a world that sometimes is overwhelming with “keeping up with the Joneses,” Megan and BUMP Life want to promote the “it takes a village” mentality.

Bump Life is a place to support moms and families across all aspects of our lives. A place for tips, expert advice, parenting resources and entertainment. A great place to go for information, support or just a break from our crazy lives. From fitness to finance, from diaper bags to diaper duty, for everything bump, babies and beyond, you’ll find it all at BUMP Life!

Thank you for the lovely post, Megan! Head over and check it out.

(And I apologize that I’m posting this so late in the day. I was up early and off to the airport heading to the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference. I’ll be reporting from Ashland, Ohio, this weekend, where I’m thrilled to be presenting with a slew of fabulous writers: Robert Atwan, Hope Edelman, Dinty Moore, Michelle Herman, Bob Cowser, Valerie Due, Michelle Herman, to name a few. And of course my amazing co-panelists Jill Christman, Sonya Huber and Sarah Wells. Bring it on!)

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.