Meet Katie Reed
My entire identity is wrapped up in being a mother to my three sons. But aside from creating life, I also love to create art. I'm a writer, a crafter, a lover of lists and a huge geek. I'm also a passionate mental health advocate, having survived suicide twice and living with Borderline Personality Disorder.
My blog revolves around my motherhood journey. I started it when I fell pregnant with my first son seven years ago. I was living in England at the time, and I had no real friends or family near me. I suffered extreme prenatal depression, and I wrote about my struggles through it all. It was the only way I could cope with the overwhelming fears and insecurities about myself and imminent motherhood. I continued to share intimate details of my own life through two subsequent high-risk pregnancies, and I have strived to be as honest and direct with my audience as I can, hoping that my story will reach the right person at the right time and help them to know they are not alone. I share a lot of recipes, crafts and parenting humor because those are the things that keep me sane.
Why is it needed in our world?
Every voice is significant and necessary to the world. Women who are far braver than I have written amazing things that touched my life. My hope is that by continuing to share my stories - whether bad or good - I can lift the lid off of some small hidden secret of womanhood and allow someone else to feel better. I truly believe that the things I've been through are worth sharing.
I think that one thing that sets me apart from many other bloggers these days is that none of my content is curated. Photos are shared with three-week old spaghetti on the floor, my kids' faces are always covered in snot, and even if I apply some sort of filter to make me look slightly less exhausted - it's clear that I do not do any special hair or makeup before sharing. Real life isn't photoshopped, and neither am I. My writing is as uncensored as I am.
Her forecast for upcoming trends between moms, brand marketers, and the media:
I do believe that brands and the media are starting to get the hint that moms have all the power. We are the ones that keep an eye on trends. We are the ones who obsess over the newest products because it's OUR lives that could potentially benefit from them. We have the buying power, whether directly or indirectly, and everyone knows that if mom ain't happy - nobody's happy!
In all honesty, I'd love to see a course correction by all media. Many brands have started to embrace diversity by including women of size, color and different abilities in their marketing efforts. Every person deserves to be seen, and it's to every brand's advantage to appeal as widely as possible. I'd love to see every brand promote positivity and acceptance for all.
Her greatest achievement:
My greatest achievement will always be my children. Through them I hope to have changed the world for the better. But as amazing as they are, I know that their achievements, now or in the future are not mine. I was greatly honored to have won a Voice of the Year award at the 2016 BlogHer conference, presented by Merck for Mothers in the MOMents that Matter category. I was so pleased to have been recognized for that particular category since it is my personal passion.
What she hopes to accomplish:
I'd love to bring together mothers from all backgrounds. I've been able to publish pieces from various moms who have submitted really heartfelt stories of their own personal parenting struggles. I'd very much like to publish more of them, and I urge anyone who has a story to tell, whether funny or poignant, to submit it. Representation matters, and I only have so many personal stories to tell. I'd love to hear from women everywhere.
You can find me on my blog, It's a Mother Thing (https://www.amotherthing.com) or anywhere on social media at @amotherthing.