From the time I was little, I always wanted to be a mom and a writer. I’ve been blessed to be a mom for over sixteen years with all the joys and tedium, laughs and frustrations that come along with that privilege. After leaving my event planning job in New York City to stay home with our new baby girl, Ali, followed two years later by a baby boy, Michael, I found myself drawn into an entirely new world. The world of birth and babies.
In 2002, I got certified as a childbirth educator and started supporting new moms and families in our New Jersey community. We had our third child before becoming Rhode Islanders in 2006, though I still wonder if we’re actually official Rhode Islanders nine years later. I do still say water fountain and milk shakes.
When we moved here in 2006, once we got the kids settled and got our house out of 1978, I earned multiple certifications as a birth and postpartum doula and lactation counselor. I am honored to have served hundreds of families as an educator and doula over the past 14 years and am now a retired doula who still teaches childbirth classes at Memorial Hospital.
Besides amazingly rewarding experiences and relationships, those years of guiding families birthed my blog, Mother’s Circle, and subsequently my parenting book, Naked Parenting: 7 Keys to Raising Kids With Confidence. I never expected a parenting book to be my first but with that, I fulfilled my other little girl dream of becoming a writer.
My real writing goal is to be a novelist and I recently began querying my debut novel to agents. I can’t wait to plan my book launch party – subscribe to The Savory Affair blog and you’ll be sure to get word when it happens.
In May 2014, I planned a fundraising gala to build a medical center in Uganda. We had hosted children from the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir the prior fall and fell in love with them. In learning they needed a clinic, we gathered a team and made it happen, raising $82,000 in six months. You can read my story of this journey here. Running that event reminded me how much I love event planning and it looped me right back to my pre-baby city-girl career and to The Savory Affair.
Beyond event planning, I love playing tennis, gardening, practicing yoga, reading and traveling. I haven’t made it there yet, but will eventually make my way to Uganda to see the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness for myself.
I love getting to know people and learning about what they’re passionate about. I hope one day to learn about you and who you are beyond your profession.