153. Podcaster/Journalist Sets Her Sights on New Forms of Family
Brandie Weikle is the founder and editor of thenewfamily.com and host of The New Family Podcast. A 15-year veteran of parenting journalism, Brandie has been the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Family magazine and held senior positions at a number of other parenting publications on and offline. Her website’s 1,000 Families Project explores modern families.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
As a child Brandie knew she enjoyed writing, but making a living writing novels seemed like a long shot. Interviewing an assistant principal for her high school paper, “He said, ‘You’re good at this!’ That was a pivotal moment for me. I realized, this is something people do for a job.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Enrolling in a top Canadian journalism school in Ottawa, Brandie asserted her independence, leaving her home on Vancouver Island. Crafting her journalistic skills, she also learned to speak up for herself and trust her instincts, which served her well as she created her own company as a single mom.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“It’s very easy for people, especially women, to stay where they are in a job if it’s comfortable. But I have advised every young woman I’ve mentored to be willing to move around. You need to do that sometimes to advance yourself. Fear and inertia hold many people back.”
On Her Bookshelf
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life, by Gretchen Rubin
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
Success for Teens: Real Teens Talk About Using the Slight Edge, by John Fleming
Connecting With Brandie Weikle
Podcast: The New Family Podcast
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