Welcome to Atomic Mommy
My name is Kim and I am a 36 year old Realtor who turned Mommy Blogger and Podcaster!
Hi – I’m Kim, founder of this way too cool mommy blog and podcast.
You’ll find awesome parenting tips, DIY’s, and easy ways to get organized here.
I’ve been a member of the National Association Realtors for the passed 7 years. I’m also on my local PTA and Board of Education.
Oh, I am also the mother for four girls, ages 4, 6, 13, and 14. When I’m not busy wearing one of these caps, I’m also the wife to an amazing Police Officer.
I founded Atomic Mommy Press, LLC in 2020 as a way to help other moms get organized, stay fit and fashionable, and enjoy family life while living the dream of having it all.
You’re probably wondering if it’s even possible to have it all. I’m optimistic on this point and realistic. So, yes, I tend to think so and I strive for it.
That’s because I’ve had nothing, been divorced, been broke with holes in my pants and with two kids to feed. Then found an amazing man, got remarried and had an extra couple of kids.
When he wasn’t policing our neighborhood, I went to real estate school, learned a lot of amazing information and applied it to my entire life.
Since then, I not only use everything I learned in real estate to reorganize my home, my closets, our budget and kids’ schedules, but I’ve also managed to open up an Etsy shop, start a mommy blog, and a podcast.
Financial success first came with real estate and now, it comes from blogging and podcasting. And the benefits of being my own boss just keep pouring in.
None of what I do for personal development and growth negatively impacts my marriage or the relationships I have with friends, family, and my kids.
More importantly, when anything has challenged those relationships, the lessons I’ve learned along the way have taught me to reassess and restructure my plans so they are more in-sync with my familial goals.
Always heading in a direction of reinvention, I’ve even begun finishing up my Bachelor’s degree. Not that I really needed it, but it will feel really awesome to get that paper after 18 years of trying.
So, yes, I definitely feel like I have everything and coming from a point of having lost everything once before, I am extremely grateful for having it all.
How to Work With Me
I’m always looking for other moms to be a guest on my blog. So, if you are interested in writing for my blog or even appearing on my podcast, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is Your Business Called Atomic Mommy
More often than not, I’m brutally honest with people. That includes when asked on taboo topics about sex, parent fails, and pregnancy mishaps.
I believe in full transparency. My moral code is guided by honesty and I have no room for lies.
Granted, I will never tell a woman she’s fat or ugly. I will however, guide each individual towards a point of view that will essentially leave them feeling as though they were given a compliment rather than an insult.
Thanks to my years in real estate, I’ve learned to Master the Art of Revamped Truths (free & simple how-to guide coming soon).
What’s it Take to Start a Mommy Blog and Podcast
People think that being a mom blogger is super easy and trendy. They also think that there’s a ton of money in it and maybe for some, there is.
Blogging is really difficult. You need a schedule. You need time management, some typing skills, and a ton of crafty topics to write about.
Carving out a niche for yourself in the online, mommy blog world, is hard as heck! There are so many amazing mom blogs out there that talk about everything.
Some cover DIY’s while others cover strictly baby topics. The trick to making a successful blog and eventually, a money making one, comes down to having a few simple tools:
- Affiliate Programs (amazon affiliates)
- Sponsored Posts
- Guest Bloggers
- Podcast Guests
- Reviews and Ratings
- Marketing Ads
- Social Media Coverage
- Calls to Action
Now, the above list is by no means an exhaustive one. They are just a few tools worth getting to know before you dive into blogging.
Some other stuff you need are the technical tools:
- Website Domain (WordPress, godaddy, etc)
- Website Host (WordPress, godaddy, bluehost)
- Website Email
- Logo (Looka is an online site that works very easily and looks great too)
- Brand Name
- Social Media Sites Linked to your Brand (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
- Photo and Video Apps (InShot, Adobe’s Rush)
- Podcast Equipment (only if you’ll be combining blogging and podcasting)
- Vlogging and Selfie Equipment (think a ring light, tripod, and mic for your phone)
And of course, there are the practical items you need, too:
- A designated area to work in (closets and bathrooms work best if you are a parent)
- A laptop and headphones
- A secondary location to work in (pre-covid, I used the local library)
- A loving support system (insert my super hero husband here)
- Sticky note system (for one ideas pop-up out of nowhere, and they will)
- Lots of snacks and beverages on hand to feed the beast
- A crap ton of patience, resilience, and fearlessness
Some of the stuff listed above are just a few items I found to make blogging that much easier.
And let’s face facts, if us moms are going to embark on a new journey of reinvention, it would be pretty freaking awesome to have a guide for the journey.
My Path to Mommy Blogging and Podcasting
Now the equipment and software required is no joke, as you’ve read. But the amazing thing is what it took to get to this point.
After my fourth daughter was born, I took some time off from being a Realtor, to help her through her birth injury. In 2019, she had surgery and after a few months of her physical therapy, I felt comfortable enough to head back to work.
It only took a few weeks for business to pick up. In a couple of months, I was back to feeling like my old self. I was contributing to my family’s finances. I was still there for all of my kids. I made it to every practice, physical therapy session, and game.
We had finally closed on our first home ever and to boot, because I was back to work, I didn’t have as many financial worries as I did the year before.
We entered the 2020 year as a strong family, with new hopes and dreams and an attitude of gratefulness.
Then, Covid-19 took the world by storm, including myself. Yet, not many people knew about it, at least not here in New Jersey. It was labeled as the “mysterious” upper respiratory infection.
Well, a couple of months into 2020 and two trips into New York City, I fell ill with that mysterious respiratory infection.
None of the urgent care centers in Bergen County could properly diagnose me. I was given all sorts of diagnoses. First, they said I had the Flu, though both Flu tests came back negative. Then, they told me it was Rhinitis and then later, Pharyngitis.
Two and a half months of being sick, barely breathing, suffering like crazy with high fevers, fatigue, no smell or taste, headaches, muscle aches, excessive brain fog, and several doses of antibiotics later, I was still not recovering from that mystery illness.
My husband begged me to go to the hospital and I would keep saying, “If I’m gonna die, I refuse to die alone, away from my family. And if it’s not covid, then I definitely don’t wanna be in the hospital because then I’ll just get it with my bad luck.”
I was so scared to go to the hospital, though there were many nights where my oxygen levels dropped to 80, 78, 83, 81 that finally landed me in the hospital.
After months of being sick, from being a presumptive positive patient with Covid-19 and viral pneumonia, I was weak. My ideas of tomorrow were bleak. I didn’t even know if I’d get a tomorrow.
I started to think about my life, the choices I made for money, my children, how’d they grow up if this illness took me, my husband and how he would survive without me trying to raise four girls on his own.
It was really scary and I felt alone, all alone. I spent about a few weeks in a depressed state. I would wake up crying petrified of dying. I would sit and stare at the walls with a hopeless feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Those moments were the scariest I’ve ever had to live through. Not even postpartum depression felt like that. During postpartum, I knew I’d get better eventually and that I just had to take it one day at a time.
This was different. With postpartum, I could take things as slow as I wanted, but Covid-19 was unpredictable and could take anyone at any given time. And it had. Many of my friends had lost their parents within days of each other. While other friends lost their spouses.
This was not like those post-birth days. I knew I had to do something to alleviate the pain that everyone would feel if they lost me. My mind raced in a billion different directions.
What could I do? I thought about writing letters to each of my kids at different points in their lives to help them get through things. But then I realized, I wasn’t good at following through with any of my plans other than being an organized mom and Realtor. So, I put that idea on the back burner and it’s still there.
Then I thought, well what about leaving a legacy for them to be proud of. A decade ago, I tried twice to have a book I wrote, get published. When it didn’t get published, I felt what most writers feel, rejected. So, I gave up.
But this was a decade later. I was a mom of four and a pretty darn good Realtor. I ran my own business. I owned a home. I made goals every day, short term and long term, and was able to complete those goals. Not to mention, facing possible death as quite the motivator. I was a different woman.
I decided to try again. This time, I did my research. I taught myself as much as possible about blogging, podcasting, writing picture books for children and novels for Youth Adults and Middle School. Heck, I’m still learning.
There’s a lot of knowledge out there and absorbing it all takes time. Something, I wasn’t sure how long I had of. I got to work anyway and did not let anything depress me, make me feel rejected, or deter me.
Thus, Atomic Mommy was born. I wouldn’t necessarily call it an alter ego versus more of a release of my real self. I spent years hiding my true self for fear of rejection, retaliation against my kids and husband, and even because I was afraid of what other family members would think of me.
I finally understood the phrase “you only get one life” because I was faced with that reality. What meaning did my life truly have to those whom I loved the most? What legacy would I leave behind other than a legacy of giving up, fearing failure, and the fear of trying to live fully?
My entire mindset was changed. I chose to live and to live life how I wanted to. I made my plans, my writing schedules for each area I was interested in, daily, monthly, and annual goals, and even set out to do all of this without a hope of making any money.
I literally removed the chains from what was holding me back to living a full and joy-filled life. My constraints were money, other people’s opinions, and fear of the unknown. Once I let that all go, that piece of me, the piece I thought had died after the age of 13, was brought back to life.
The part of me too scared to run for an elected office, woke up. The part of me that had stopped dreaming of being a writer, woke up. The part of me that felt overweight and ugly, woke up and started feeling beautiful again. I no longer feared the mirror. The mirror fears me now.
I create because I want to. I share because I can. I want to spread the message of “you’re amazing”, the message of “you can do anything”, and the message of “don’t give up on yourself” to other moms out there.
Thanks for Reading
I hope this blog brings you the skills, tips, and advice that you can use in your own lives.
Welcome aboard the unplugged train of motherhood!