MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Robin Finn, Creativity Coach, Advocate and Writer of the book Restless in L.A.!
Tell us a little bit about your background and how your journey started…
My author journey started when I began writing personal essays about parenting a child with ADHD and special challenges. To my surprise, when these essays appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and other outlets, my inbox was flooded with emails from parents having a similar experience. So I kept writing.
What inspired you to write your book, and how has being a mom shaped your writing?
My first novel, Amazon-bestseller RESTLESS IN L.A. felt like a natural evolution. Advocating for a child with special challenges, writing essays about that experience, and then writing a novel about a mom of three struggling with these same issues were all different paths of exploring a similar theme.
Raising a child with significant challenge creates a parenting experience unlike everyone else’s. It’s unlike anything you may have ever imagined. Because the book is fiction, I set this experience in the larger context of Alex’s 40th birthday. Then, I added the steamy complications of re-connecting on Facebook with her old love from college. Think of RESTLESS IN L.A. as: Trader Joe’s meet Fifty Shades with an ADHD child, a life coach, and an online flirtation with ‘the one that got away.’
How did you get started with your writing?
For me, it’s true that we ‘write what we know.’ I laughed and got teary as the main character, mother-of-three Alexandra Hoffman, struggled. She struggled with her kids, her son with ADHD, her husband, the school, other parents, and herself. Certainly, Alex’s battles at school were inspired by situations I had faced in my own life.
One of the hardest parts of raising a child who is different is the JUDGMENT. I spent two years studying at a Los Angeles spirituality school learning to cultivate a “spiritual perspective” on my life. This ultimately meant learning to not take anything personally. After all, what’s more personal than your kids? This perspective comes through in the novel.
What should MBMom readers know about you?
As a mom-writer, I understand the difficulties of balancing work and momlife. Writing Restless in L.A. not only gave me an outlet for my bottled-up frustrations, hopes, upsets, and imagination. It also forced me to reclaim myself as a writer. In order to get the book done, I had to commit to mercilessly carving out time to write. Of course, this was in the middle of soccer practice, carpools, field trip chaperoning, and all the other tasks that come with being a mom of 3.
There is a popular misconception that being a good parent means devoting every waking moment to your children. I found that not to be true. It simply made me an exhausted parent. Being an effective mom turned out to be inextricably linked to taking care of myself first. It’s like the old adage, “put on your own oxygen mask first.”
Writers write. Writing fills my tank. Whether I am working on a novel or an essay, I am definitely a happier, calmer and more patient mom when I balance my time between my family and my work. This is regardless of how complicated and crazy that can sometimes be…
What new and exciting things are coming up for you as an author?
Restless in L.A. and I were just featured in The Los Angeles Times. We had an amazing book launch at the iconic Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA. Now, I am traveling around the country visiting friends in places like Orange County, Philadelphia, and New York, and doing book clubs. I grew up in South Florida and would love to visit book clubs in Boca Raton as well!
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
I had the best childhood! I grew up in Coral Springs. When “Restless in L.A.” launched, I started a Facebook page called “Restless in Coral Springs,” for all of my childhood friends. They’ve all been ordering the book, posting pictures of themselves holding it, and leaving fantastic reviews. I feel so lucky to have grown up with such supportive and amazing friends, Decades later, we are still there celebrating and supporting each other!
Connect with Robin:
You can buy her book HERE.
Find her on socials: @RobinFinnAuthor