On Episode 72 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie talk to Amanda Simkin, the woman behind the popular Chicago blog, Queen of the Land of Twigs and Berries. Amanda is a thirty-something coffee and wine drinker raising two boys with a simple goal of exploring and enjoying her hometown through the eyes of her children and helping the new mamas who look to her for parenting advice and adventure. Together, the women talk about what makes place an important element of who we are as people, about the importance of re-discovering and nurturing our true selves, and why Amanda believes that an engaged Mama Bear lives local. It's a delightful conversation that reflects life in the city ... it's boisterous and exciting, but holds deep pockets of wisdom, connection, and love.
Also discussed in the podcast:
- The special all-weather ferocity of Chicago moms
- The importance of a mom tribe and the brave act of finding new friends
- Writing through motherhood and the gratification that comes from personal growth
- Remembering who we are after giving birth and nurturing that part of ourselvess
(Leslie used to write for Chicago Parent. Check out a few of her articles here.)
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