Boss Mom of the Week: Alexa Bigwarfe
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This week’s Boss Mom of the Week is Alexa Bigwarfe.
Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother of three, dog owner, advocate for those without a voice, freelance writer, author, and blogger. She recently co-edited and self-published an anthology for parent: Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!) This is the second book in the series, following Lose the Cape: Realities from Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive which is co-authored. She also contributed to, edited, and published Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. She has been published in four anthologies, The Mother of All Meltdowns, The HerStories Project, The Clash of the Couples, and Mothering Through the Darkness. As a freelance writer, she has had more than 30 articles published in regional parenting magazines around the U.S. and Canada. She launched her writing with the blog No Holding Back, as an outlet for her grief after the loss of one of her twin daughters to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).
Alexa is our Boss Mom of the Week this week because we love the heart behind her blog, Lose The Cape, and the way Alexa has continued to leverage the skills she’s learned as a self published author to help others.
Tell us about your business(es).
My business is that of writing and helping others share their stories. My business partner and I are trying hard to grow our audience and our contributor pool at our Lose the Cape website where our mission is to support all voices of motherhood. We believe that all mothers are super without having to be supermom. We all do what we can to make the best decisions for our family, even if it’s not conventional. So our site is intended to provide encouragement to moms who may feel overwhelmed by the pressures of being the “perfect” mom.
I am also in the self-publishing business. I run a very small micro-publishing company, Kat Biggie Press . We have published five books, working on #6, 7, and 8 (eek!) and I hope to continue finding women writers and mothers who have a passion project they want to publish. Recently (like last week!) I also launched a small business to provide support to writers who want to be published, Write, Publish, Sell! We offer a full array of services from proofreading, managing blog tours for authors, to social media support for authors and a whole lot in between. I wanted to offer these services since I have learned so much about all of the different elements that come along with writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling books. It’s important to me to keep these services at the low end of the cost spectrum because most authors don’t have the budget to pay high costs for these services. I’m looking forward to growing this business as well.
What is your easy to make dinner for your family?
We like simple,yet yummy meals. Easy meals usually consist of a grilled meat (chicken, salmon, steak) and a side of rice and a veggie of some sort. We also like spaghetti and meatballs with green beans.
Tell us your favorite blog to read, podcast to listen to, or Instagram account to follow and why you love them so much!
I have a very long list of favorite blogs – but I always make time for Another Jennifer because of her dedication to philanthropy and giving back. I love Bon Bon Break, and I always find good stuff on Mamalode. There are so many great sites for moms! As for podcasts, I never miss the Beyond Your Blog podcast by Susan Macarelli and I also listen to the Creative Penn. These two podcasts are so full of valuable information for writers.
What are you reading?
I am literally always reading about seven different books at once! I am constantly reading nonfiction books to further my knowledge, but I LOVE a good fiction book. Of just about every genre. I am currently reading The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner; Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldier on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon; (oh my gosh, what an incredible story of true life female HEROES!), Trim Healthy Mama, How to Make a Living with Your Writing by Joanna Penn; and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, I took advantage of Amazon’s Kindle cyber deals and loaded up – Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, Homeland by John Jakes. I may have a reading problem! 🙂
What is one thing you love doing that is really just for you?
READING. 🙂 I also really, really enjoy just quiet time to myself now and again. That’s a rare occasion though.
What are some of your favorite quotes?
- “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey
- “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” Emily Dickinson
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
- “She believed she could so she did.”
Alexa’s latest book project launches on Wednesday December 9th. The book is called Lose The Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!). It’s available here.
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Connect with Alexa on her social media accounts.
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