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Motherhood doesn’t mean we have to stop making art or writing our books. Join me in conversation with incredible mom artists and writers each Monday as we talk about thriving in doing what we love alongside raising the ones we love. I hope to inspire you to live your best artistic mom life!

Moms Who Create Kelli Heil

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Motherhood doesn’t mean we have to stop making art or writing our books. Join me in conversation with incredible mom artists and writers each Monday as we talk about thriving in doing what we love alongside raising the ones we love. I hope to inspire you to live your best artistic mom life!

    5 Things To Remember If You Didn't Win NaNoWriMo

    5 Things To Remember If You Didn't Win NaNoWriMo

    You tried. This isn’t like participation trophy word vomit. I mean like, even if it was for a week, you started writing a book. That’s honestly more than a lot of people can say. Deciding to conquer NaNo took planning. Even if you’re a panster, you’re a mom. So you did some sort of planning, right? Taking that first step, albeit not having your sought after goal, is huge.You have a base to go off of now. Again, even if you wrote 25k words or even 15k words, you have a start and now you can develop it even more. Just because November is over, do not stop working on your novel. I beg you not to say “well I didn’t finish my book so I better never look at it ever again.” Most authors take much longer than 30 days to write a book. Guys listen, J.K. Rowling worked on her first novel for six years. Okay let me say this again. J.K. Rowling worked on her first novel for six years. I digress.  You learned some things about yourself as a writer. What you like to write, how you best write, like the environment and time of day, what works and doesn’t work for you. If you didn’t win, let’s evaluate that. Get out a notepad and write down what it was that stopped you. Was it writer’s block, a busy holiday season, your kids flushing your laptop down the toilet? Or just you saying “man I can’t do this. What am I even trying to do, I’m not an author.” and never looking back at your word document. Did you run out of time? Or I know, was it tiktok? Without judgment of yourself, be honest and write down what stopped you. How can you work on that for future endeavors? You have a community now to lean on. From the writing community on instagram to the community on the NaNoWriMo website forums, you have made an alliance with others and now you can grow, flourishing over the next however many years in your writing journey. This is huge. You’re not alone. I’m right here with you. Don’t think just because I’m your number one fan that I’m over here pumping out bestselling novels every November. This was my first time really trying and I didn’t win. But instead of kicking myself in the emotions, I’m excited for what I started and I know that it’s only up from here. So will you also believe in yourself alongside me? We totally have this. Failing isn’t failing if you learned something along the way. Failing is failing, to me, when you stop pursuing what you’re going after. 

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    • 6 min
    Special One Year Anniversary Podcast Episode

    Special One Year Anniversary Podcast Episode

    Hi everyone, and welcome to this SPECIAL ONE YEAR anniversary episode of the Moms Who Create Podcast. So much has happened in the past year. The podcast has reached 6 continents, 34 countries, and has had thousands of downloads. This blows my mind. When I started, I thought, okay, if I even reach, help and encourage one mom somewhere in the world, that will be 100% worth it. So to think of how many moms I’ve potentially and hopefully encouraged gives me goosebumps. I love you all. Thank you for listening and sharing. Thank you for being a part of my life.

    I wanted this episode to be special, and what could be more special than to revisit the past year. I’ve stitched together some clips from each interview so you have an overdose of encouragement in this single episode. Just editing this, I was literally crying. I told my husband this is the best thing in the entire world and I can’t believe I get the opportunity to talk to you guys. All of you listening, even if I haven’t spoken to you yet, you have a story to share. And I’m proud of every single one of you. 


    Please enjoy, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for listening and supporting the podcast.
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    • 29 min
    Leaving the Corporate World To Find a Bigger Purpose With Author Renee Bolla

    Leaving the Corporate World To Find a Bigger Purpose With Author Renee Bolla

    Renee Bolla is a mom, wife, brand consultant and most recently a self-published children’s picture book author. She has always been a curious human with a passion for learning new things and making each day count.

    Renee didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a writer. She dreamt of working in the fashion industry. And she did just that. She quickly climbed the corporate ladder working for some of the largest retailers in the country. Renee led merchandising and brand teams for 20 years before trading in her fashion career to follow her new dream of becoming an author.

    Before resigning from the corporate world, writing was a hobby that filled her creative soul. And while it started as a hobby, it has evolved in to much more. She is a self-taught writer who is inspired by motherhood. It is the beginning of her writing journey and she is looking forward to sharing her stories with the world.

    Renee is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. Her debut book, Finding Bunny, was self-published in February of this year while her second book, Imagine That, just launched in September.

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    • 34 min
    Writing Short Fiction + YA Novels With Author Genalea Barker

    Writing Short Fiction + YA Novels With Author Genalea Barker

    Genalea Barker is an author, freelance editor, and full-time mom with an Associate’s Degree in English Literature. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Gemini Magazine, Bookends Review, Grande Dame Literary, Writers in the Attic: Rupture, and others. She is the author of two young adult novels: Life After, debuting February 2023 with Immortal Works, and Lovehurts, releasing in July 2024 with Vine Leaves Press. She resides in Southern Idaho with her husband, four children, and two dogs, where she enjoys small town living, playing music with her family, and occasionally getting caught behind farm equipment on the highway.
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    • 31 min
    Building Girls’ Interest in Architecture With Podcast Host and Author Tenille Bettenhausen

    Building Girls’ Interest in Architecture With Podcast Host and Author Tenille Bettenhausen

    Tenille has been in the AEC industry for over 20 years.  She began her career in project, in architecture firms and local offices serving as a designer and project manager.  The last 6 years of her career, she pivoted to business development and client relations strategist roles interfacing with clients.  Tenille is currently one of the Client Success Manager at Microdesk where she truly believes that architecture and design lifts the human spirit and is a champion of goals that lead to knowledge diversification and consensus-building for Microdesk’s clients.  Tenille has a degree in Architecture from Arizona State University and is currently on the Board of Directors for AIA National Associates Committee.  Tenille is the podcast host of Death by Architecture, a short story telling podcast centered around true crime in the AEC industry and the author of the upcoming children's book, "Maybe I'll be an Architect" releasing this fall. 

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    • 50 min
    Writing 50k Words in 30 Days: How To Win NaNoWriMo With Author Julie Artz

    Writing 50k Words in 30 Days: How To Win NaNoWriMo With Author Julie Artz

    You can be a mom AND a writer. Julie is here to encourage and teach you.

    Julie Artz spent her young life sneaking into wardrobes searching for Narnia. When people thought that was creepy, she went in search of other ways to go on mystical adventures. Now she finds those long-sought doors to magical story worlds in her work as an author, editor, and book coach. An active member of the writing community, she volunteers for SCBWI and Pitch Wars and is a member of EFA and AWP. Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Redmond, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and a trio of naughty furry familiars.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Renee Bolla ,

Moms supporting moms

This is an amazing podcast for all the moms out there who are following their dreams while raising little humans. Kelli has built a supportive platform for us all to connect, inspire and share our journey, together. Love this podcast and what it stands for. Thanks Kelli for being you!

Margo's Mommy ,

Amazing platform for Moms!

Kelli is an amazing mom and artist and she is also the ultimate cheerleader for other creative moms! She offers an amazing platform for moms to come together and discuss all things motherhood and creative!!

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Amazingly inspiring

AMAZING inspiring content on how to be a creative AND a parent! Keep making great content!

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