This month’s selection (if by selection you mean I get Ren Man to pick a random person/comment since he doesnt read Miz and wont play favorites—-which I do) is a woman whom I would love to meet in real life.
For some reason I
flatter myself and think that we’d become fast friends. Vered is smart, funny, insightful, quirky, & always thought provoking.
If you’re not already a reader of MomGrind you must start. Today. (Uh, after you read this post)
When did you start writing Momgrind? What prompted you launch your blog and, since Im always curious, how’d you choose the name?
I didn’t even know blogs existed until my boss asked me, in February of 2008, to look into blogs as a way to market our company, UpToUs, which offers online groups for parents. Once I started reading blogs, I just KNEW I had to start a blog too. So I did.
MomGrind started as an advice blog for moms, hence the name. I wanted to help moms deal with the daily grind of motherhood. But I quickly discovered that I’m not really into giving advice. So now I just discuss stuff that’s on my mind, mostly women’s issues and feminism, happiness, humor, and of course parenting.
Recently you wrote about seeking a new tagline and enlisted your readers to help. Did you choose a new tagline yet and, if you did, how did you choose?
I ended up picking a tagline that one of my readers suggested, but for now I will keep the blog tagline-free because I like the clean look. I wanted to get rid of my “mommyblogger wannabe” tagline because I don’t feel like a wannabe anymore. I feel very much like a real blogger.
You refer to yourself as a recovering lawyer. it’s a phrase Ive heard before and one which never fails to make me laugh. What made you decide to enter recovery? 😉 do you ever miss the LawWorld?
Working as a lawyer is highly stressful and demanding. Good lawyers are not nice people, so if kindness is important to you, you can’t really be a lawyer. I don’t miss it at all. I really was miserable.
I’ve seen your photo and you look quite fit. What’s your workout routine? Do you have a fitness philosophy?
I workout at home, about 45 minutes 4 days a week. I do a lot of the stuff that you show on Mondays. Simple exercises that strengthen your core, lengthen muscles and don’t require any special equipment. For my warmup I jump rope and I also lift weights (5 pound dumbbells) twice a week for a few minutes. It’s a very simple, basic routine but it works well for me. On the weekends we often bike, go for hikes, or ski in the winter. So we’re generally active.
I’ve also noticed how (fingerquote) normal (unFQ) you seem with regards to diet. From reading your blog and your comments here you seem to have nailed the ever elusive ‘all things in moderation.’ Have you always been this way?
Yes. I can’t measure food or count calories. It turns food into numbers and takes the joy away. I like to eat slowly, enjoy every bite, and stop eating when I’m not hungry anymore. As long as I follow these rules, I don’t worry too much about butter or sugar in my food or about getting enough protein. I do try to eat at least 5 servings of fruit or veggies each days, so this is something that I do count.
ok, last question. what’s your favorite MomGrind post and why?
Wow, that’s a TOUGH one. Right now I’m in love with this short little post.
It was very well received in Stumbleupon and I’m not surprised. I think it demonstrates the value of mommy blogs: mommy bloggers tell the truth about being a parent and help other moms feel less alone.
There you have it, People. Vered.
To read her is to love her & to never think about your world in the same way again.