Barb

Barb is a mom to 3 boys and a freelance writer. 

Rethinking the Stay-at-Home Mom Lifestyle

I'm trying to make my life as a stay-at-home mom a lesson, but it skates on the edge of being a regret.  To be clear, I don't regret the time with my boys. That never crosses my mind. What I regret is pulling myself out of the workforce for 10 years. Yikes. That looks awful when it's written out. The only way I can imagine it would look worse is if it were on a resume. Oh wait. It ...more

Getting Back on the Writing Wagon

After spending the last several months with lots of non-writing related thoughts swirling in my head and doing the minimum to keep up with contracts, I'm jumping back on the writing bandwagon with gusto. Maybe I needed the break. Maybe I just needed an incentive to push me along. Either way, here I am. I'll be blogging more, submitting to other websites regularly and upping the amount of contract work I do. I know what your thinking. How are you, ...more

The Job Search Goes On

Holy Moly! Job searching is not for the faint of heart. It's made me renew my freelance writing efforts, all the while continuing to look for a job. My new strategy is to sign up with every staffing agency in the NY capital district. I figure that's my best shot. I think if I can get my foot in the door somewhere, I can wow them with my abilities. Or at least be friendly, efficient and get the job done ...more

I Want My Mommy

Sometimes, no matter how old you are, you just want your mom. The older you get, the more you realize life is all about change. When the changes are drastic, you want to crawl back to your mom and, well, be mothered.  Even when you're a mother yourself, it's nice to have your own mother tell you everything is going to be okay and mean it.  ...more

Run Run Run

I'm newly in love with running. To all of you that are not runners, I apologize for this post. I know how irritating it is to read about running when you are not into it. I've been there. I swore for years that I would never and could never be a runner. ...more

The Books You Have to Read

Books are addicting for people like me. Each one, it's own story, complete with a range of characters and emotions that draw me to them like metal to a magnet.Certain books, in particular, have a special allure. ...more

A Week of Stress

First, an update. The job interview went well. I felt like the interviewer and I clicked. It was  comfortable chatting with her. She said she thought I'd be a good fit in their office and would get a call back for the second round of interviews. So, my fingers are crossed. Of course, I'm sending out another resume today. I don't like to count my chickens before they're hatched. ...more

Job Interview Next Week!

I started a post about feeling disorganized lately, which really was going to be blog filler. I was hoping it would come together into something coherent and witty, if I was lucky. Honestly, I wasn't really feeling it. I'm not that disorganized anyway. I'm certainly the most organized person in this house, but maybe that's not saying much. Then, I got some exciting news that's the perfect reason to scrap the lackluster garbage.  I have a job interview next week!  ...more

Valentine's Day was so Last Month

When you write, whether it's for websites or print magazines, you're not writing for the moment. You need to be ahead of the curve, or rather, the calendar. It makes sense, if you think about it. Websites and magazines want their articles to be timely. That means they have to be submitted well ahead of the actual holidays. ...more

Please Vote for Her!

She's a blogger and a friend of a friend of my sisters.  Did you follow that?  Her name is Tracy Winslow and she blogs at Momiacal.  Her blog is funny, entertaining, and relatable!  She's in the running at the Top 25 Funny Mom blogs of 2013 at the Circle of Moms.  She's holding steady at #23 right now and needs your help to pull her up to the top!  I know we can do it!  Let's pull her up!  Vote ...more