How to find success in failure: Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger edition

I made Justin take approximately eleven hundred thousand pictures of me to try to get one good one. I super SUPER hate getting my photo taken. This is my “are we done yet?” face.

When I started this blog back in August, I had some pretty big dreams (fame! fortune! a life of writerly leisure!), but I never truly thought anyone would read it except maybe my family and a couple of friends — if I even told them about it at all.

Since then, I’ve been so lucky not only to have had my work published elsewhere — a huge goal of mine — but I’ve also built a small readership beyond the people who know me personally. Woo!

I say “lucky,” but that’s not the whole story. I’ve also worked really hard to get here, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. Fame and fortune might be a long way off, and as it turns out, “writerly leisure” is a complete work of fiction, but I’m so happy with what this blog has become. And sometimes, amid all the chipping away at things … maybe when you least expect it, someone notices.

As I mentioned in a previous post, a few months ago I had an audition for Listen To Your Mother Vancouver. I’d heard so much about the audition process as a life-changing experience, and to be honest I didn’t believe it for a second. Most of the writers who referred to it that way were also accepted as cast members, but asserted that had they not been cast, the experience of auditioning would still have been transformative. To this I said “BS.”

But then something happened.

My failed audition became an opportunity.

My audition piece became a featured post on the Good Mother Project.

My rejection became an initiation into an incredible and supportive local community of writers.

And just like that, my failure became a success.

All this to say: I’m so thrilled to have been included among’s Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers of 2016! What a wonderful surprise. Who nominated me? Eran, the founder of the Good Mother Project … who also oversaw the auditions for Listen To Your Mother.

And that’s how to find success in failure.

So, now what? Now there’s a voting process to pick an overall favourite! I’d be so honoured if you could pop over to the voting page and put in a good word for me, along with any other bloggers whose work you love. I’ll definitely be voting for a few people on the list, too — because this is about lifting one another up. You can vote once daily until May 28th.


Thank you!

2 Comment

  1. Congrats from a fellow Good Mother Project writer! I really wanted to try out for the D.C. Listen to Your Mother, but the show was only a couple of weeks after my due date. I hope both of us have better luck next year.

    1. Jean says: Reply

      I hope so too, Shannon!

      Thanks for the congrats 🙂 it means a lot, coming from a fellow writer! I just read your most recent GMP piece — beautiful.

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