Role Mommy just launched a new, fully-customizable online magazine called Project You. This e-zine is for all those women (me, me!) who are sharing and looking for information online. Founder Beth Feldman gave me some insight on her new endeavor and fills us in on why we need to add Project You to our reading list.
MT: Beth, why did you decide to launch this new media project?
BF: As a blogger who started her career working in mainstream media, I wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between my tech savvy friends and my Twitter-phobic girlfriends who I commute with into Manhattan each week. As women, we love reading magazines and there's something about seeing a story with a beautiful layout that's engaging and powerful at the same time. By turning the words of incredible bloggers into magazine style articles, I finally turned a dream of mine into reality. And the best part is, every article you read is linkable to blogs, resources, fabulous finds and much much more. Plus, you can even print out pages to take with you on the run. So in essence, we hope to offer the best of both worlds to parents whether you're a tech genius or still learning the ropes.
MT: What's a busy mom going to find inside?
BF: We hope everything that is on your mind as a wife, mother and women who still wants to do what they love while raising a family. If you're jumping back into the workforce, we have incredible advice from career coach Carley Knobloch. Want to see how three real women shed more than 70 pounds and are still going strong? Well, we share those stories too. And we tackle tough topics like bullying where we not only provide a story about a child who is bullied, but also present the perspective of a mom who discovered her son is a bully. Plus, there will always be humorous and poignant essays from incredibly gifted writers; products for kids and for moms and we even have a regular hilarious column by our resident dad, Eric Ruhalter, author of The Kid Dictionary.
MT: What's on your reading list these days?
BF: Actually, the wonderful Vera Sweeney at Lady and the Blog recommended I readThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle so I'll be downloading it this weekend on my Kindle. Plus, my daughter just started reading Flipped for her 6th grade Language Arts class (the movie was recently in theaters) and I've agreed to read it right along with her. And finally, my fab friend Julia Beck at Forty Weeks suggested I readOne Day, which I literally finished in 3 days - it was amazing and after I finished it, I found out it's being turned into a movie starring Anne Hathaway. Plus, my mom tells me Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a must read too. I guess I get my book picks from my friends and my family. I wish I could read more, but there's just not enough hours in the day!
Project You offers moms honestly and information. As Beth tells mom, "It'??s about being YOU, warts and all, while trying to lead by example'??and have fun in the process. Mostly, it'??s about family, community, and camaraderie, and all those crazy life moments'??good and bad'??that we harried moms deal with on a daily basis (if not a million times a day)."
Visit the Project You website so that you can read the entire magazine, click to all our amazing resources, or print out a few pages if you're on the go.
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