Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Jessica Shephard

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Jessica Shephard

Mom and breast cancer survivor Jessica Shephard initially started her blog Rebel Soul Mom as a healing creative outlet. But what began as a means of documenting her experience and treatment soon turned into a platform for honest revelations about motherhood. Shephard shares more about her inspiring decision to share her journey.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I started blogging as a way to document my journey through breast cancer. I needed a break from talking about cancer, so I quit writing for almost two years. When the dust started to settle from my treatments, I felt like there was so much I needed and wanted to say about life as a Mom, especially after everything that I went through. Reading real and honest stories about parenting is what encourages me. I want to return the favor.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Real, imperfect, honest.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Plan out your week and have a daily list with at least 3 things you want to accomplish. A cute planner helps too!

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t get discouraged if the advice you receive may not work since every child is different.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I haven’t mastered the whole, “wake up an hour before the kids” so I start my day when the kids wake up. We have breakfast together and depending on the day I either take my little to toddler time at the library or grandma’s so I can get some work done. Then the rest of the day is a mix of cleaning, working, playing outside, crafts and cooking.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Don’t get consumed with being a perfect writer or worrying that you will be judged. I still consider myself a new blogger and this is something I still struggle with when sharing my stories.
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