Petit Stories with Kim @talkwordytome
I’m so excited to be chatting today with the lovely Kim from Talk Wordy To Me. I was immediately drawn to Kim’s positivity and genuine approach to sharing her story online. Her candidness and authentic reflections are so wonderful and refreshing to read and are always written in a way that can be helpful to others. And truthfully I’m also obsessed with her hair! LOL
Kim’s passion and enthusiasm for reading with her children aligns wonderfully with my mission to foster a love for reading in your children from a young age. On her blog and Instagram account, Kim shares book ideas, parenting tips, motherhood reflections and the pursuit of a simpler way of living whilst trying to balance it all. Not an easy feat when you have three kids!
Hi Kim, can you tell us about yourself and your background.
I’m from Utah, but spent four formative years in Brisbane, Australia, so I consider myself part Aussie. 🙂
After I graduated from BYU with an English degree, I wrote book back-liners and did audiobook voiceover for a publisher, then was associate editor at a local magazine. Now, I have three cute little kids and continue to freelance write from home. I write for news and lifestyle websites, do creative brand naming for Eat My Words, and write copy for business owners.
What is your favourite book?
My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre. The movie (BBC version, of course), is equally enthralling. Jane is such a strong yet kind character. I could learn a thing or two from her resiliency and guileless nature. The love story in Jane Eyre is the perfect mix of romantic and unconventional.
After writing for other people and projects for so many years, I wanted a landing place to share my own writing, so I started my website and Instagram account, Talk Wordy to Me. I love sharing our favorite books and encouraging family and friends to connect through reading. I also share a lot about living a mindful, decluttered life. I started a capsule wardrobe and am sharing my process there, as well as other ways I’ve simplified our family life.
What advice would you have for women who would like to pursue writing but are too afraid to get started?
The best advice is to start! Before you feel ready. You don’t need to do a bunch of research or take expensive courses to have permission to write. You just need to practice. Write every day. Even if it’s a line or two. Journaling counts! There is also a lot of value in keeping a notebook (on paper or electronic) to observe the things and people you encounter every day. Becoming acutely aware of the details in the world around you is a powerful writing tool. Beyond that, creating a writing group (online or in-person) and taking community writing classes can be really helpful in staying accountable and motivated to keep writing.
How do you promote a love for literacy in your children?
I start reading to my babies from the time they’re born, and it just becomes ingrained in them. I could be accused of bookworm brainwashing, I suppose, but I don’t see anything wrong with that! We read picture books as a family every night, then my daughter and I read or listen to an audiobook together before she goes to sleep. Sometimes, we listen to an audiobook or kids story time podcast in the car. Reading together can also be a great way to calm kids down before a nap or when they’re feeling sick or angry or sad. We have come to cherish our quiet time snuggling up with a book. It makes me happy to know my kids will always have a positive association with books and reading.
What is your favourite read-aloud book?
We love the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. The books always make us laugh, and they teach important lessons about friendship and inclusion in a fun way.
Becoming a mother has taught me how imperfect I am, but that imperfection can be a wonderful thing.
What is the biggest lesson motherhood has taught you?
Becoming a mother has taught me how imperfect I am, but that imperfection can be a wonderful thing. My (daily) mistakes provide learning opportunities and help me seek help from and unite with other moms who are going through the same ups and downs. Motherhood has taught me that life is a continual process of learning, growing, messing up, and trying again. I’m learning to be more forgiving of myself and others through all of this, and I hope my kids pick up on those lessons too.
What are important values and character traits would you like to instil in your children?
I hope they learn to be kind to themselves and to others.
Lastly, do you have any projects coming up you’d like to talk about?
I am in the revision process of my first historical romance novel! It has been such a huge learning process for me and I have had so much fun creating my story and characters. I also have a non-fiction e-book in the works. I have one more creative project I can’t wait to shout from the rooftops this Spring/Summer, but for now, I can say it will help in a huge way to connect parents and children on a daily, screen-free basis. I’ll share updates on all of these things on my Instagram page!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on writing. Do you enjoy the process? If so, what is your preferred medium? If you don’t write, is it something you’d like to start doing?
If you have any questions of comments for Kim please feel free to leave them below or jump over to my Instagram page and chat with us over there!
Teri and Kim xo