Kindred Mom

014 // Speed Boat, Ocean Liner: About Identity as a Mom – Jennifer Van Winkle

In this episode, Emily Allen talks with Jennifer Van Winkle about her essay, “Speed Boat, Ocean Liner”. This essay explores the changes that happen when a woman exchanges the flexibility and freedom of life before children for the steady and prepared life of a mother. They also discuss the questions that stem from that conversation about maintaining or discovering a new sense of personal identity as a mom.

Jennifer Van Winkle lives in Seattle with her husband and three children (twin boys and a baby girl). She is a teacher, musician, and currently a stay-at-home mom. She blogs at Pepper Sprout Home and you can also find her on Instagram

Links to stuff mentioned in this episode:

Speed Boat, Ocean Liner by Jennifer Van Winkle

Surprise Summer by Emily Sue Allen (mentioned in the closing segment)

The closing blessing was offered by Michelle Diercks. You can find Michelle at:


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