I’m a by-chance NotMom, meaning that although I expected and wanted be a mother for years, I confess that by the time my health became a factor, age and ambivalence had been in play for years. I launched this website in 2011 to be the welcoming online resource that I couldn’t find for myself.
Sites for childfree-by-choice or pre-adoptive adults didn’t fit me, and infertility websites often felt too melancholy, or designed for women still trying to conceive. The NotMom.com embraces all women without children, including their diverse lifestories about “how” and “why”. Each woman sees herself and defines herself in her own way – I want this site to feel like family when she gets here.
In May 2012, The NotMom.com won a $5,000 second-place prize from Bad Girl Ventures, an Ohio business development program for entrepreneurial women. In August 2012, I was invited to speak about NotMoms and overlooked online audiences at BlogHer ’12/New York, the world’s largest conference for women in social media.
My professional background is communications in corporate and nonprofit settings in health care, philanthropy, print, and broadcast media.
After working in Washington, D.C., Detroit and Cleveland, in 2000, I started my own consulting business, ODYSSEY Creative Communications. ODYSSEY serves its clients with contemporary marketing strategies emphasizing social and new online tools. At least, it did. Actually, if you really want to know how I wound up here, this interview I did with Cleveland.com sums it up nicely.
Today’s energy is about making The NotMom a full-time focus, rewarding in every way.
My northeast Ohio household includes my husband, Andrew. I introduced him to readers only as HubbyMine, until he outed himself in July 2013 with a pic of our wedding day and his very own post, One Husband’s Story.
Writer, The NotMom and Co-Administrator, The NotMom Summit
Laura is a freelance writer living in the mountains of North Carolina in a 120 square-foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my partner, Matt, and our hairless cat, Piglet. She’s been a NotMom for as long as she can remember. She didn’t even like kids when she was a kid and, much to her older sister’s dismay, destroyed all dolls trusted to her possession.
After nearly 15 years in the temporary staffing industry, Laura decided to become a full-time writer and blogger. She has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture, which touches on the degree she earned in anthropology from Western Michigan University.
In 2011, Laura and Matt took their tiny house experience to Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to work with Zulu Orphan Alliance and build a shelter for Zulu orphans and other vulnerable children.
In general, Laura is happiest living simple, brewing and drinking craft beer, and enjoying pop culture.
NANCY LOYAN SCHUEMANN
Purveyor of the written word, Nancy Loyan Schuemann has been writing ever since she began composing picture books for fellow students in elementary school.
After graduating with a BSBA degree in marketing from John Carroll University, she pursued a career in sales and marketing. She has incorporated those skills into a career as a multi-published freelance writer and author.
Nancy is a Cleveland, Ohio native who shares her knowledge of the city as author of
Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait and On the Threshold of a New Century: The City of South Euclid, 1967-1999. Her love, however, is writing women’s fiction. Her novels include Paradise Found, Lab Test, Hearts of Steel, Wishes and Tears, The Right Combination. Special Angel, Champagne for Breakfast, and A Kiss in the Rain. She has also taught writing at the Chautauqua Institution and Cuyahoga Community Public Library.
Travel has taken her around the country and around the world, including trips to the Caribbean, Europe, Great Britain, South America, Egypt and the exotic Seychelles Islands.
When she’s not writing, Nancy teaches and performs, Middle Eastern dance as “Nailah” (www.NailahDance.com) She shares her life with her husband, Bill, and her fur children Pointer/Labs, Amber and Topaz.
Nancy’s web site is NLSScribe.com