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Jill Krause aka Baby Rabies

1. I started blogging in the summer of 2007 when I decided I wanted to, well, get pregnant. And I, oddly, wanted to document that process and what followed in great detail. 2. At this point, it’s such a part of me that I don’t know how not to tell stories on my blog. In the beginning, though, it was to get these crazy thoughts out of my head because I knew I was changing, that my viewpoint was shifting. I wanted to look back on that process. 3. The glamorous answer- I tend to my lovely 3 children while…

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Photo Shoot: Jennifer McCarthy, MFT

Jennifer needed some new headshots to go along with the new website we launched for her. We had a great time at Balboa Park. The weather was perfect. Thanks, Jennifer! You can hire me for your own shoot at this link.

Storyteller: Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess

1. Blogging since? 2006. But I didn’t start “The bloggess” until 2007. “The bloggess” was a late bloomer. 2. Why do you tell stories on your blog? Because I kept getting arrested for spray-painting them on the sides of trains. Plus the trains would pull away before I had a chance to finish or spell-check. Honestly, I’ve always written. I think it’s a product of my anxiety disorder. I was too painfully shy to talk so I let everything out on paper. Diaries, journals, short stories, terrible poetry, notes on napkins. Blogging was just a natural way of doing what…

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Storyteller: Fadra Nally aka All Things Fadra

1. I was laid off from my job in product management and marketing for a software company in July 2009. As I started looking for “real jobs,” specifically in the marketing space, I noticed that every one was asking for a writing portfolio. Knowing that a dry technical document like product requirements or a PowerPoint written in corporate speak didn’t showcase my best abilities, I thought I’d start a blog. Because, well, why not. And in September 2009, I officially launched allthingsfadra.blogspot.com. I put no thought into the name or the design or even what I would write about. I…

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Storyteller: Debbie Anderson aka San Diego Momma

1. I started blogging in 2001 at the ridiculously-named “Debbie Does Drivel.” I used real names, gave addresses of where I lived, and generally committed every sin of online personal privacy breach. It was from 2001-2004 that I discovered many of the storytellers that I still love today like Mighty Girl and Que Sera Sera, and who luckily, are still around in one way or the other. I think of those years fondly and long for the time when blogging was really and truly about sharing stories. Through the posts I read way back when, I came to know bloggers…

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Healing My Brain

Besides releasing excess weight, which you can see easily and is all kinds of exciting, I’ve been doing a lot of healing in my brain. You can find all the info about it this page. It’s not so simple to see on the outside like fitting in smaller pants, but it’s oh-so-very important and feels awesome.

Slowly Fading

You wake up and everyone is outside picking peas in the garden. It’s the morning at your parent’s home before the morning you’re going to leave and go home. This visit was too short and you won’t see them for a few months. Again. Maybe six or seven. Maybe eight on the outside. Mom’s the fastest pea-picker. She’s got the most experience. Joe tries to keep up, but her fingers are defter and have years of practice. Dad is pulling up weeds, then pea plants. Occasionally he looks over, evaluates what Mom is doing and then, copying her, manages to…

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Storyteller: Angela Simione aka Blackland

I started blogging in 2007 during my last year of art school. I didn’t really use my blog as much more than a place to post pictures of paintings, and thought of it more as a stand-in for a “real website.” But as I began to think more and more deeply about the actual source of my work, I couldn’t avoid the fact that every single image I made was, to one degree or another, a self-portrait. I was drawing from my own history and daily life in such a huge way in my visual practice that it started to…

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Flawed but Authentic Party at Blogher ’14!

Come and find us, won’t you? You can find the details here. We’d love to see you there! We’ll have a portrait* studio set up, essential oils, hand-massages, wine, water with oils and herbs and awesomeness (in general). We’re collecting encouraging words for a special project for that night. Call and tell us yours! Make an appointment to meet up at another time during the conference and get your portrait taken. (Available time slots can be found here.) All the portraits will be put online. Or go deeper into learning about essential oils. Or just hang out because we’re super…

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Harbor Island, San Diego Skyline, These People That I Love

Storyteller: Jennifer Trinkle aka Writing to Survive

1. I’ve been blogging since early 2008, when my son was two and a half and I was a SAHM adjusting to an unfamiliar city. 2. We moved from Washington, DC to Berkeley, CA in April 2007 and I not only needed a creative outlet (after years of wanting to write but not actually writing anything) but I also needed some sort of creative social circle, no matter how remote. I was struggling with some traumatic childhood memories and had one story in particular that I felt a strong need to write about at the time, to write about and…

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A BBQ With Friends

We talked about what you’re supposed to say on a day like this. You don’t want to say, Happy Memorial Day. That sounds….wrong. But saying something like, “I hope you spend the day thinking about all the people that have died for you to enjoy said day,” sounds like a bit too much. You know that many of your friends and family are getting to spend the day with their loved ones and that’s happy. You aren’t near your own family so you do the next best thing and spend it with good friends. You remember the brave service men…

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Grain-Free Cooking: Oven Fries! (With an Option for Cajun Seasoning)

Sometimes you like it a little spicy. Sometimes you don’t. And sometimes you want half and half in the same meal. I’m not here to judge. I’m here to accommodate your desires. These oven fries are super simple, easy and fast. I usually make them with just olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, but when I feel fancy I pull out my Hungarian Paprika and I think we all know what that means. Red dust on everything! Just kidding. It means delicious. First, you need some healthy-sized and firm potatoes. I like to plan about one potato per…

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On ‘Fighting for Weight Loss”

People have asked over the past year if I would divulge my “weight loss secrets” and personal weight numbers and I’ve resisted. Not because I don’t want to talk about it, but because I think people get confused. They start thinking they are in a “fight with themselves” and try to “make themselves lose weight,” when that’s actually harmful. No good and lasting change will come from that “attack.” Encouraging your body to gently release excess weight and keep it off takes time and care and love. I wrote about it over here if you’re interested in learning more. I…

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