My blogging journey began way back in 2003. Oh yes, it did. In the early years, I wrote about student life, dating and eventually wedding planning. But I really found my stride when I became a mother. My primary focus is on being available to my two boys, Oscar (7) and Calvin (5), while working from home and writing to encourage other moms along the way.
I love the internet and all things social media. I enjoy learning about new platforms even when I think there can’t possibly be room for another one. In 2013, I wrote my first book, Klout For Dummies, which realized my lifelong goal to become a published author.
That year I also ran my first ever half marathon; another crazy thing I never thought I would accomplish. Since then, I’ve done a little more running, a lot more writing, and more learning than I could put into words. Especially when my children are involved!
It was a crazy season of switching hats at lightning speed and during that time and in the years since, I’ve really had to decide what I wanted this space to be.
The Updyke Family: Jerry, Andrea, Oscar & Calvin in our happy place –
Wearing all of these different hats, I found that I felt like I wasn’t particularly great at any one thing. I often caught myself saying things like, “I just work part-time,” or “I just ran slowly,” instead of celebrating my efforts.
Over time, I decided this “justing” was holding me back. I re-branded from my former name, Lil-Kid-Things, to Just is a Four Letter Word as a reminder that wearing many hats is something to celebrate! Around here we love all the things, but I especially enjoy writing about our family experiences, travel, and my personal motherhood journey.
I’m thrilled that I can use this blog to achieve my goal of working from home and helping to provide for my family. I’m always interested in increasing quality relationships with brands that I can trust, enjoy and promote from the heart.
If you would like me to promote a product, write for your site, advertise a brand, or you are interested in sponsoring me for an upcoming event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know why we would make a great team!
Hope to see you real soon!
Andrea – email@example.com
Beyond this blog….
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