Up Close and Hilariously Personal: With Love, Becca

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In this week’s edition of Up Close and Hilariously Personal, I am interviewing the downright fabulous Becca Carnahan from With Love, Becca

Let’s get right into our Q and A interview!

Hi Becca! Alright, so how long have you been riding the blogging wave and why did you get started?

Hi Brittany! So excited to chat! I started blogging in March 2017, about 6 months after a serendipitous trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles. A tale as old as time! While at the DMV I started chatting with a super interesting woman who had tons of hobbies and interests. When it was my turn to participate in the conversation I realized that my hobbies included “going to work” and “keeping my two small children alive.” I loved both of those things, but I didn’t have something that was just for me and just for fun.

The conversation got me thinking about what I really love to do, and if I was being honest with myself, what I loved doing was writing funny statuses on Facebook. I loved to write in general. So what should I do with that? A blog! My writing has evolved a lot since I started but I approach every piece with humor and heart. And I love every second of it!

Has creating an online presence been what you imagined it would be?

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Could I be funny in more than 280 characters? Would my mom even read my blog?

It’s been so much fun though and really taken off! I’ve met so many hilarious and talented women in the blogging community who have inspired me to hone my craft and believe in my own abilities. I’ll keep making mistakes along the way, FO SHO, but I’m having blast, and turning this into a little business which is so cool.

Are there bloggers in particular from whom you draw inspiration?

So many that I love! Yours included! My two original favs before diving into the blog world myself were The Bloggess and Hyperbole and a Half. They are both unapologetically themselves and don’t take themselves too seriously which I love. Other fabulous ladies – The Salty Mamas, Dorky Mom Doodles, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and Her View From Home.

If you could meet one famous, but deceased, person – who would it be and why?

I’m a little low key obsessed with Erma Bombeck, the godmother of mom humor! {Dirt note: I also adore Erma!} I would love to chat with her about how she approached her writing and her experience as a working mom at a time when that wasn’t necessarily the norm.

What is the most rewarding part of blogging for you?

Laugh cry emojis. Seriously. I love them. When I write something that elicits laugh cry emojis out of someone it makes my day. The world needs a little more laughter, and I am psyched to help provide it. I also love when I can incorporate my experience as a career coach in my writing. There are so many moms out there who are juggling careers and parenting and I like to offer them a career development resource that is entertaining and super real.

What kind of moms need to be reading your stuff, and what should they be drinking while they read it?

I love writing for moms who enjoy lots of laughs, don’t take themselves too seriously, and who are exploring how their career fits into their ideal life. I don’t like to use the term “working mom” because every mom is a working mom. But a lot of my readers are moms who are working outside of the home, working at home, or exploring new hobbies/passions/opportunities. My best stuff speaks to our experience as parents but also ties that to our lives that run in tandem with parenting. We aren’t one dimensional!

For drinks – whatever you like, lady! You do you! I’ll be here with a glass of Pinot Grigio if you want to join me. Oh, but maybe water too. We should all drink more water.

What is the most hilarious thing that has ever happened to you as a parent?

So many ridiculous things! So many ridiculous, hilarious things! One of my favorites was when my preschool son found out my toddler daughter got bit at daycare and he threatened her whole class like a mob boss. It was so terrifying and so funny.

Please share your favorite With Love, Becca article to date – why is it your favorite?

I really love Embracing the One Piece Swimsuit. It’s a total funny mom blog piece that ties in some unexpected career advice. Come laugh and learn with me!

How do you balance your work, your blog, and your family?

Ah, the elusive balance! Another word that I try to avoid actually. I prefer “swivel.” I don’t think we are ever really in balance because is there ever a point where all areas of our lives are getting equal attention? Instead, I think we swivel towards what in our lives needs our attention at the moment, focus there, and then swivel onto the next area. Like when I’m at work – my attention stays there. Until daycare calls and one of my kids gets sick – swivel. And then when the kids are sleeping – swivel to the blog. Nothing is ever really in balance because there are some weeks when work, blog, or my family is going to get WAY more attention, but I just make sure to swivel back.

Also, I don’t sleep as much as I should.

If you could tell a parent struggling to find the humor in the absurdity of day to day parenting life, what would it be?

Oh please, please laugh! It’s really so funny if you think about it. Of course in the middle of laundry mountain, or a spilled milk situation, or an epic meltdown you won’t think that. I definitely don’t. But if I focused on all the hard stuff all the time, I would drive myself bananas. When I twist the chaos into a funny story, well that lightens the load. Plus I think laughing burns a lot of calories and brownies are delicious.

Thanks for chatting, Becca!

For more hilarious and relatable parenting humor be sure to go check out Becca on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and her website With Love, Becca!

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  1. Samantha of Mother Haggard says:

    I love both this interview and Becca’s blog! Seriously, a nicer blogger there never was (well, maybe the two of you tie).

    The part about the life “swivel” really resonated with me–I’ve never thought about life balance in that way, and it totally makes me feel better because I NEVER have a balance! I’m swivelling all over the place, and maybe that’s okay.

    Thanks for spotlighting these amazing bloggers! Keep em coming!

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