Since I’ve become a mom, it feels like half of my life is spent filling in forms. I made a little form of my own to introduce myself.

Name: Alison Tedford (to the government, editors, my mom when she’s mad, and in pretty bylines in publications) or Allie or Mom.

Age/Sex/Location: 34/female/Abbotsford, BC

Family: One little boy (10) named Liam (empathetic, funny, future owner of a pizzeria). One boyfriend, aged (yes, let’s just say aged, because he’s older than me) who is a dead ringer for a young Elvis Costello. Two cats who are total jerks but only have three eyes between them.

Writing Mission: To help parents and other women not feel alone. I put it all out there in an “I can’t believe she just said that!” way. I’m the kind of girl who will tell you her most embarassing stories, but unlike your best friend, I will actually ask you to please tell absolutely everyone with the share button because I’m shameless (like the Billy Joel song). I want to de-stigmatize mental health issues, encourage you to become active, tell you stories about people, products and events I think are important and serve it all up with the most giant helping of sarcasm/sweetness/enthusiasm imaginable.

What Do I Want You To Do Now: If I’ve told my kid once, I’ve told him a million times in the grocery store, “Please follow me!” … onFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Or hire me to work with you on your next project, big or small.