Childless and childfree women come in lots of shapes and sizes. We are all colors, all cultures, and all ages. As much as we have in common, we are also very different. Some people say it is strange to define ourselves by things that we are not, so let’s determine what we are instead. In this series, childfree blogger Laura LaVoie interviews women without children who answer the question, “If you’re not a mom, then what are you?”
Tammy Strobel is a writer, photographer, and teacher. Her blog, Rowdy Kittens, was born in 2007 to improve her writing skills and share her story. When not writing, you’ll find Tammy taking photos, walking, and hanging out with friends and family. She lives in her tiny house in northern California (about 128 square feet), with her husband, Logan, and their two cats. Her new book is My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee.
Tell us about yourself and your blog.
I’m a writer, photographer, and teacher. I started blogging in late 2007 to become a better writer and photographer. Blogging consistently improved my writing and it resulted in a book deal! My first print book, You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
was released in September 2012. Also, my first photography book, My Morning View, hit the shelves in March 2014.
My blog, RowdyKittens.com, is about going small, thinking big, and being happy. I post a few articles a week on topics like living simply, photography, and writing.
Why did you start your My Morning View project?
At the beginning of 2013, I missed my Dad terribly and felt depressed. He died in June 2012 and I wanted to begin coping with my grief in a positive way. After a little bit of brainstorming, I started an iPhone photography project called My Morning View. Every morning, I take photos of my view and my coffee mug makes an appearance in frame too.
Did you and your partner actively decide not to have children?
Yes, we did.