Thank you for reading Just is a four letter word. My name is Andrea and I am a wife, a mama and a writer seeking to celebrate the little things that make life awesome. This page is where you can learn about me and my family and check out some of my previous work.
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….
Guest Lecturer –
Professional Freelancing for Creative Careers – September 2016
About.com | June 2015
Featured in National Wildlife Service: Be Out There Guide to Outdoor Summer Fun
Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Blog | September 2010
Parents.com | January 2013
She Knows | April 2012
kiwi crate | June 2012