Rebranding the Single Mom: : Kathy A. Gambrell

Kathy Gambrell shared her path to single motherhood with me, explaining that Sept. 11, 2001 changed her view of how things should be and made her re-prioritize. At age 42, it was no longer about meeting the right person to start a family with, but instead was about starting her own family and having the honor and pleasure of nurturing a life. She became a single mom by choice and never looked back and says it has forced her to challenge herself, be a decision maker, become an advocate and learn the art of time management origami.

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This Too Shall Pass…

This too shall pass.

It’s something I’ve repeated to myself time and time again over the course of my 35 years. When running the 12th mile of the New York City Half Marathon in 85 degree heat and my heels felt like there were knives sticking in them, I repeated over and over, “This too shall pass…this too shall pass…this too shall pass…”

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Friends Are the Security Blanket of Adulthood

A while back I wrote a piece about how family is a firm foundation as well as a soft place to land, and how this all hit me when I watched Ellie play soccer for the first time because every time she kicked the ball in the net, the first thing she would do is look around to find my face. Well this past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with my two college best friends and former housemates.

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What the Hell is Balance Anyway?

Before I had my daughter the idea of “balance” never even once crossed my mind…well aside for the times that I was assigned to produce (while working in network news) a piece on it, usually related women and the topic of work/life balance. You know the ones I am talking about, where you total up all of the work that (typically) mom does around the house and extrapolate a value of this work. I knew that this so-called topic of work/life balance existed and was…discussed…and I also knew I had a sum total of zero interest in exploring it.

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