In today’s episode, I spoke with published author and former client Amanda Hardy. She is the author of Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest talk about the transition to motherhood, which is such a beautiful book, especially for any new mamas or expecting mamas.

In our conversation, Amanda talks about embracing the messiness of the creative process and how that was really a game changer for her. If you're someone who is a little bit type A or you really like things to be very organized and neat and to know exactly what you're doing, you are going to want to listen.

We chatted about:

  • Why accountability was so necessary for her to carve out time to write.
  • What happened when she allowed her writing to evolve and flow.
  • The importance of finding the right accountability partner for you.
  • What she did to transition from formal academic writing to a more personal style.
  • How becoming a published author has grown her own business.

Amanda shared so much of her wisdom and was delightful to talk with so I know that you will get a lot out of our conversation.

About Amanda:

Dr. Amanda Hardy has been working with mamas and families as they transition to parenthood for over a decade through research and advocacy, as a doula, a childbirth educator, and maternal mental health professional. Her work focuses on childbirth, child development, parenting, and the intersectionality of these three. Currently, she is an assistant teaching professor at Iowa State University and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a private practice specializing in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). When not camping or traveling she resides in Iowa with her two sons and a reluctant housecat.