About me

A short history of my life online or: An indepth look at the layers that make up jodimichelle.com.

Like so many websites started 10 years ago I began writing online as a way to just have a place to put my thoughts. Poetry, current projects with photography or print design. I was the go-to geek in my family, always playing with photoshop and being the tech-head in our house. Until of course I met and started dating my (now) husband. At the time he was light years ahead of me.

I stopped blogging for a time – finished school, started working … kept dating, bought a house with the guy – got engagedgot married and 9 months later found out we were pregnant!

Day after we found out we were pregnant with Jessica

^^ That’s me pointing to a baby in there. I was all of like 4 or 5 weeks pregnant. Thanks to good old early detection pregnancy tests. Also? I was ecstatic!

And thus began the very beginning of what this website has turned in to. Here’s the very first post published by Aaron (my husband) on an extension of his website. My part of the site was called “A Schaap Baby.” I began writing about my pregnancy so family and friends (out of state) could be up to date on the baby news.

I’ve never looked back. πŸ˜‰ While pregnant we decided to upgrade in housing. (Moving from first house together to new house, New (second) home as it looked when we bought it, Home as it looked when we sold 6 years later)

January 2005 we welcomed Jessica with waiting, open and loving arms to our family. We were that annoying couple who was so in-love with each other and our daughter that we passed out barf bags while walking down the road. (Here are some first photos of the munchkin.)

I continued to blog about motherhood and life, dealing with the death of my {step}dad who passed away while I was pregnant with Jessica. A day before my one year wedding anniversary.

In August of 2007 we found our we were pregnant again. I knew it was a boy right away – claiming to our daughter that mom just took a baby brother test and he was on his way πŸ™‚

Schaaps 2007

In May of 2008 we brought home a healthy baby boy, Oliver. Healthy being the operative word as I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes weeks before my due date. (More on that here)

We were complete.

Mothers Day 2008

Aaaaaaand get ready for it because our life since baby boy came home has kind of exploded.

The first year of having two kids is kind of blurry. Oliver didn’t sleep through the night until I weaned him off breast feeding at 9 months old. Jessica started pre-school just three months after Oliver was born and I used to set the alarm after I dropped her off, feed Oliver and lay down until it was time to pick her up – only 2 short hours later. I was running a parental marathon of staying awake on no sleep and still keeping a house clean and bellies fed. It was “the adjustment period” in our lives.

Then Aaron’s job turned a corner and affected us in ways that began to pile up on me. We’re still reeling from this “adjustment period” in our marriage, home life and living situation. We’re not shy to admit we’ve been to marriage counseling more than once. I love the guy and definitely want to have a healthy, lasting life full of laughter, happiness and growth together.

Here’s a look at the beginning of the “major business period” in our lives.

I’m a self described wife of a Serial Entrepreneur. There needs to be a support group for women like me. Like no other time in history – the families of this Start Up decade are affected, stretched and often broken because we’re no longer working with boundaries for our lives. The office is always available, the job or website, app or software always beckoning to be fixed.

So obviously I started my own company too. In January of 2010 I started Gleek Retreat with another local blogger and friend, a conference for bloggers by bloggers.

I also began my Life List the year before and actually sold the conference as a company the year after it began (so, if we’re following along – started it 2010, sold it 2011) and when the purchaser of the company rescinded on the contract Stacey and I regained ownership of the franchise and are once again planning and running the conference. I have never been happier.

You might have also seen me here:

I’m writing for Turnstone and you can see about that here and read my articles here and here.

I’m a contributor for Curvy Girl Guide and you can see my article here.

Not only all of this. ALL OF THIS. But in July of 2010 we sold our home. And from here I’ll bullet point the process for you:

Selling our home was a huge decision. One that turned our life upside down. We went from owning to renting with the intention of building a new home, all the while becoming debt free. I tackled the topic on a regular basis in order to keep everyone up to date on our living situation and while we were building the house to move in to … that house sold too.

More on that here, here, here, here and here.

I recapped a bit of our journey on living without credit card debt, bank rolling purchases and getting close to being able to be completely bone dry debt free and then we tried to buy a little house.

Tour of adorable bungalow here.

Months after quotes, offers, acceptances and meetings we had to announce that we were not buying the house after all.

And since then? I’ve been daydreaming of a home we might some day get to live in. I’ve made wish lists of what I want to gain from this experience. We’ve lived in this apartment for a roller coaster 12 months. It’s anyone’s guess what’s next for us.

I get paid to write. You can contact me if you’re interested in a unique partnership with jodimichelle.com. I also co-own a Media company: MediaTreats, LLC: which executes retreats, conferences and think tanks. We’re connected and we specialize in extending the invitation to companies and individuals to bridge the gap between “you” and “them”. Representing Awesome on a daily basis.

My photography is a huge part of what I do – and if you hire me, it’ll be a huge part of what I can do for you.

Other opportunities to get involved with me:

Sponsor my Life List.

Become a Sponsor for Gleek Retreat 2012.

My rates are as follows:

I do monthly retainers beginning at $1,000/mo for up to 3 blog posts for your site.

For a How To post with photos rates begin at $300 per post and go up depending on time, topic and involvement.

I love collaboration – contact me for those rates.

Beginning Sponsorship on my Life List starts at $1,000 plus any possible travel accommodations.

I’ve also been known to work for trade. Got something you think I need? And you need my expertise? Let’s chat. Thinking outside of the box is my specialty.

Thanks for taking the time to get an in-depth look at me, what this space is all about and how I found my calling through my passion for writing. Living my life is never dull, welcome to the ride.

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