I’m super-excited as I have lots of podcast interviews lined up to discuss all aspects of writing and editing. The first is now live, and I hope you’ll give it a listen.

I spoke with Erika Parker Price, host of the Ready Pause Go podcast. According to Erika’s website, 43 percent of moms take a career pause at some point. Ninety-three percent want to return, but only 73 percent succeed. Of those who return, only 54 percent return to full-time work.

A career pause is a choice you deserve, Erika notes. But you also deserve to return to your full potential. Erika has numerous resources to help women transform their pause into a powerful time for YOU, so you can hit the ground running when you’re ready. She provides this with success stories, tools, and a community to support you. Need resume help? Want to learn more about side hustles and working from home? Erika’s got some great freebies, and she also offers coaching services.

Her podcast has featured topics such as lightening the mental load of motherhood, carving a career from childhood passions, learning when and how to say no, going back to school, discovering what’s holding you back, and much more.

baancing work and family as a writerThe focus of our interview was the freelance life and balancing work and family as a writer. We chatted about my journey as a writer and how I’ve reinvented myself over the past 17 years as a freelance journalist, marketing writer, health writer, fiction author in several genres, developmental book editor, online course creator and founder of Shortcuts for Writers, all while staying home with my kids.

We talked about the ups and downs of the writing life, how to pull back when the work gets too overwhelming or life gets in the way, how to dial it up when more income is needed, and why I created my Book Editing Blueprint course. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or on the Ready Pause Go! website.

Have you ever taken a career pause? Tell me about it in the comments!

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