Your Lines: Mary of My 3 Little Birds

I got brave for today’s Your Lines and reached out to Mary Lauren of My 3 Little Birds. Mary Lauren is an incredibly talented writer–her words are so beautiful, and she’s living my dream of working as a full-time freelance writer. I’ve been dying to hear how she makes it all work so seamlessly, so of course, I used my blog as a cover to get all the details. Read on for an interview with this social worker-turned-writing mom!
Can you tell us your “two lines” story? How did you find out you were becoming a mother?
I’ll tell the story of finding out I was pregnant with my first biological child:
I was one of those women who assumed that getting pregnant would be a cinch. After all, I was in my 20s, healthy, and hadn’t heard much about infertility. When it didn’t happen immediately for me I became almost obsessed with having a baby. I changed my diet, learned everything I could about the “fertility awareness method” of conceiving, charted my temperatures religiously– I even signed up for a website that charted my fertility stats month by month. I felt like a research scientist. In a way, I see now that all of that work I did helped me cope with not having control. After miscarriage and seventeen cycles of trying to conceive, I finally got pregnant. I was at a hair appointment under the hairdryer and I suddenly felt dizzy. I bought a test on the way home that night just to rule it out, and there they were- my two lines!
How did you decide to make the switch from social worker to blogger?
Social work was a career I chose because I’m fascinated by the “context” of people’s lives. Their stories. Their background. What motivates them to make the choices they make. I was a born nurturer so it was a natural fit. For the year prior to my third child’s birth I was working part time in a counseling center at a university. For a lot of reasons, it just wasn’t feasible for me to continue working after she was born. I was a stay at home mom for a year, then started My 3 Little Birds as a way to reflect on my experiences as a mom. It progressed from there. It rekindled my passion for writing and I suddenly found myself energized, motivated and inspired. And in a way, I’m still doing the work of a social worker. I feel good about the fact that I get to help others through my writing.
As you may know (ahem), I am hoping to follow in your footsteps. What is your advice for new writers just starting out in this freelance biz?
I think it’s so easy to discount the work you’re already doing as a blogger. For a long time I considered myself “just a blogger” and I assumed that others did too. Who me? A writer? 
My advice would be to understand that if you’re writing regularly, you’re already a writer. (Editor’s note: Where have I heard this before??) You just have to figure out what your goals are.
As far as freelance work goes, learn about the industry. Do your homework about publications that fit your style. Make sure you pitch articles that are a good fit for the target audience of each individual publication.Make friends with editors. Make friends with writers. Reach out to people whose work you admire. Have a list of writing mentors who you can go to with your questions.
What are your hopes for your journey as a writer?
No matter where this journey takes me, I hope I’m always fulfilled. I want to write things that matter. I want my writing to make a difference in people’s lives.
Favorite aspect of being part of this virtual blogging world?
This wonderful community. Feeling like I’m not alone.
Describe a typical day in your life as a working mother and writer:
Click over to Mary Lauren’s blog for all the details here! Love her description of balancing motherhood and writing.

Comments

  1. Great interview! I love Mary Lauren’s blog. You’re both doing great work as writers and moms. :)

  2. Thank you so much Chaunie, for this wonderful profile!

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