The key is just to start. Whatever it is.

I am so happy to be featured on MorphMom, a site focused on providing inspiration to working mothers of all stripes.  MorphMom, which is run by Kathleen Smith, believes in the value of the myriad identities many mothers carry inside of them.

When you consider the first paragraph on my “about me” page you can tell why I resonate so strongly with the MorphMom philosophy.  I am a woman, daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, and writer.  I am also a runner, sometime yogi, a disillusioned MBA, a reformed nailbiter, and a proud natural redhead.  I struggle mightily to find a coherent sense of self in all of these splintered identities.

It was an honor to be interviewed by Kathleen and I hope you’ll check out both my video above (the discomfort of watching myself on video notwithstanding!) and the site as a whole.  She asked me about my path to being a writer (a title I still struggle mightily to claim) and about how and when I began blogging.  Towards the end, I conclude that part of the reason I am sad is that I am so happy.  That’s the truth.

Thank you, Kathleen!

I AM A WOMAN, daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, and writer. I am also a runner, a sometime yogi, a disillusioned MBA, a reformed nailbiter, and a proud natural redhead. I struggle mightily to find a coherent sense of self in all of these splintered identities. – See more at: http://www.adesignsovast.com/about/#sthash.PuJ1RAGy.dpuf
I AM A WOMAN, daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, and writer. I am also a runner, a sometime yogi, a disillusioned MBA, a reformed nailbiter, and a proud natural redhead. I struggle mightily to find a coherent sense of self in all of these splintered identities. – See more at: http://www.adesignsovast.com/about/#sthash.PuJ1RAGy.dpuf
AM A WOMAN, daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, and writer. I am also a runner, a sometime yogi, a disillusioned MBA, a reformed nailbiter, and a proud natural redhead. I struggle mightily to find a coherent sense of self in all of these splintered identities. – See more at: http://www.adesignsovast.com/about/#sthash.PuJ1RAGy.dpuf

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15 Comments

  1. Posted June 26, 2014 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    I loved watching this lovely video and I loved hearing you say the words “I am a writer.” It was also really cool to hear this honest discussion of your process and the journey of the book/blog/writing in general. Totally relate re: randomness and no editorial calendar.

    admin Reply:

    That’s the first thing (well, the first after being appalled at my head-shaking and eyebrow-raising tics) that I noticed, how fluently I said that. I’m surprised! But glad (I guess) …

  2. Posted June 26, 2014 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed watching this, Lindsey, and especially seeing and hearing a voice and a face go together 🙂

    admin Reply:

    Thank you! xox

  3. Caroline E
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Lindsey,
    Really enjoyed the video, nice to put a voice to the writing! I always look forward to reading your pieces and totally get your perspective on time passing. I’m often happy/sad too:). From Caroline, Dublin, Ireland

    admin Reply:

    Thank you! And maybe we are related as Eldredge (i/e) is a family name of mine .. xo

  4. Carolann
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Your video is spectacular, Lindsey, and I’m thrilled to *hear* your words. I was propelled to read your favorite essay and was blown away. The particularity of your writing is so special and affecting. You needn’t worry about filling up Grace and Whit with poetry: I bet that happens almost every day. You four are very blessed. I’m so pleased for the complexity of your concurrent happiness and sadness. from Carolann, also in Cambridge

    admin Reply:

    Thank you so much – I really appreciate your saying such kind things. xoxo

  5. Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    “I just wanted to write stuff down” <—- yep. Me too! Loved the video … also loved that you said "I've written a book and a half"

    Enamored by your story and your resolve to document and discuss the passage of time. Well done.

    admin Reply:

    Thank you! I actually mean that literally – I have a 250 page memoir and over 100 pages of another, both sitting in my drawer … 🙂 xoxo

  6. Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Do you feel like it’s still not time for the memoir that is completed?

    admin Reply:

    I think it’s never time for that as a book … will try to pull out an essay or two 🙂 xo

  7. Caroline E
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Maybe we are related! Eldridge is actually my married name…my husband is from Quebec, Canada. ( I am ‘Glynn’ born and bred in Limerick, Ireland). His Mom has traced the Eldridge name back to Cambridge Ma and Rhode Island in fact! The Eldreds/Eldridges moved from there to Knowlton, Quebec in 1780’s where Eldridges have been ever since. Now the name is here in Ireland. There you go; that’s a quick genealogy lesson for the day:)

  8. Carey
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, I loved seeing you and hearing you talk “in person”. You’re a kindred spirit and always an inspiration. I’m grateful I found your blog and discovered someone who experiences life the way I do. Knowing you through A Design So Vast (love that title) has been an affirmation that encourages me to appreciate, embrace, and cultivate my own experience and sensibility.

    I hope we can meet sometime. Thank you.

    Carey

    admin Reply:

    I hope so too!

  9. Posted June 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Lindsey. Wow. I had that *exact* thought yesterday as I was heading to the near-final day care pickup. I can’t seem to shake this intense, poignant sadness during this time of transition and change. Any moment could trigger tears. But then I had the revelation that I’m happy to be this sad over letting go of these moments I love so much, that bring me such joy…if that makes any sense at all.

    Right now, I feel as if there are few people whose words resonate with me as much as yours. Thank you for the gift of many “me too” moments. (Oh! And what a joy to “meet” you via video and hear you speak your beautiful words for once!) xoxo

  10. Posted June 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Love this!

  11. Posted June 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this!!!! You are adorable and I just love getting the chance to hear you rather than always read you. You are an amazing writer and the passion for what you do shows. You are living a very full life, my dear, and I’m so happy for you.

    xo,
    H

  12. Tiffany
    Posted June 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed seeing this too, Lindsey! How real your energy is, in person as much as on the page, as a working mother and a writer. I have loved reading your words on the themes of presence and the passage of time. I am on sunmer break now from teaching and am watching my children as we spend our days, especially as my youngest begins kindergarten in the fall and both children will be school-age. Feels very much like an ending and new beginning in many ways.

  13. Posted June 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful interview. From your blog posts, I had no idea you were also a headhunter in the financial sector. Your bliss definitely found you. I often wonder if we can really stop fate. Your career choices did not put you on the path to be a writer. Yet having children coincided with a technological boom and the advent of blogging. You were given the perfect outlet and you seized it. I’m not surprised that women are prolific bloggers. There’s so much we want to say and create. Thankfully we live in a time when our desire to express ourselves in a creative medium is just a finger-stroke away.

  14. Posted July 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I watched this when it first came out and watched it again. It is SO great. Especially the bit about paying attention and presence. It has stuck with me all these days. Thank you because I need it!

  15. Posted July 17, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing. You are so great! And so much of what you said in that interview really resonated with me. Thank you for continuing to write. I’ll continue to read. 🙂

    admin Reply:

    Thank you so, so much. xoxo