Inspiration and support for creative mothers
The internet is a seemingly infinite source for creative re-charging, re-connecting, and re-defining. Listing all of my favorite sites and blogs would make for ridiculously long reading, so here are 20 of my don't-miss highlights.
Join the warm and inspiring company of other creative mothers where we share in the struggles, successes, and joy of motherhood and creativity.
Illustrator, author, mother, and guerilla artist Keri Smith is the master of breaking down the boxes we often build up around our creative selves. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
Creative Every Day
Leah Piken Kolidas, the creative genius behind the Creative Every Day Challenge and the Art Every Day Month Challenge, has a huge and loyal following. Feeling stuck? Leah will unstick you as fast as you can click your way to her site.
Suzi Banks Baum
I first connected with Suzi when her blog was known as the Laundry Line Divine. Suzi curates a community of powerfully creative women!
Lucy Pearce is a creative powerhouse: author, publisher, artist, teacher, and mother of three.
I was delighted to blurb her book The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood.
The Mother Artist Project
Erin Hüber, mother and artist, created MAP (Mother Artist Project) to inspire women to follow their dreams and do what they love.
Jennifer Louden is a coach and personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s the author of 6 additional books on well-being and has a fabulous blog.
Motherhood and Words
Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words, a lovely book that introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Kate has a great blog, too.
Amanda Blake Soule is a homeschooling mother of five who embodies creativity in every sense. Her blog and beautiful books epitomize and inspire nurturing a creative family and home.
Kelly Rae Roberts
Kelly Rae is a highly successful artist and mother who literally wrote the book on building a successful creative business.
Mothers of Invention
A writer and mother, Jennifer New is one of my most favorite bloggers. Her writing is deeply honest and unflinching: a life examined and full of bittersweet beauty.
Artist, photographer, and mother of two, Tammy Garcia is one of my favorite bloggers. Her site is a delight to the eyes and oozes inspiration and tutorials. She moderates several Flickr groups, including Creativity While Waiting.
The “doodles” of Aimee Myers Dolich are full of beauty, whimsy, and truth. Aimee’s eye for everyday gifts are food for any creative mother’s heart.
The Rachel Papers
Rachel Power, author of The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood, writes about creativity and motherhood with clarity, insight, and personal experience.
Goddess Leonie (aka Leonine Allan) is as full of the spirit of life as is humanly possible. She will lead you hand in hand up the path of goddesshood.
The Creative Mama
This collaborative blog is a little ad-heavy, but is also stocked with useful tidbits on living a creative life.
Tsh (pronounced "Tish") Oxenreider
is a homeschooling mother of three and the maven of living with simplicity, organization, and joy. Practical advice abounds.
Ali Edwards is
a designer, photographer, author, and mother. She has elevated the practice of scrapbooking into an art form, inspiring others to savor the everyday and document the passage of time.
Ready to wake up? Patti Digh's
blog, the genesis of her terrific books Life is a Verb and Creative is a Verb, will push you to live fully.
Literary Mama publishes literary writing about the many faces of motherhood, featuring poetry, fiction, columns, and creative non-fiction that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious for traditional or commercial motherhood publications.