Hi, I’m Joanna and welcome to Nesting Story!
Nesting Story began back in 2013, when I had two kids, had just left my interior design job to start my own children’s space interior design, and mural painting company. My blog at the time was a little corner on my website that I used as a creative outlet.
But in late 2013 I had to put everything on hold when I found out we were expecting twins. My job was to focus on growing babies. It was during my isolating and difficult twin pregnancy, when I was logging many hours on the sofa, with a pillow in between my knees, trying to parent my older kids as best as I could, that I craved the connection with other moms going through something similar.
I began scouring the Internet for blogs with moms who had multiples and many kids, who were both honest and inspirational. Every single blog I found I worked my way through, and devoured every word, always craving more detail about their journey.
It was there, on that sofa that I decided once the dust had settled after having my twins, I would switch Nesting Story over to a personal blog.
In January 2015, with a six-year-old, a four-year-old and six-month-old twins, I began sharing my journey and right away my blog began connecting with moms and a community was born.
In March 2015, my post “What four kids (including twins) has done to my body and my confidence” went viral, while breaking down barriers and normalizing the postpartum body. A media storm followed, and Nesting Story was featured in Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Fit Pregnancy, Today Show, Woman’s Day, and on major Canadian television networks among many others, which you can find on my press page.
I spent the next year sharing every detail of life with four kids, including twins, but in spring 2016 I was itching for a new challenge and a way that I could connect with my community in a more dynamic way, especially as I was moving out of the baby stage.
I decided to shift some of my focus to YouTube and begin creating special videos to share my stories, tips lifestyle, wellness, fashion and home. My husband Mike and I have even created a popular series called The Fold, where we talk about all things parenting, marriage, date night and difficult decisions, and my decluttering series has grown a following of people also “digging themselves out of survival mode.”
In 2017, Nesting Story’s YouTube Channel was named Creator on the Rise by YouTube.
In 2019 I decided that it was time for Nesting Story, the blog to expand to better serve it’s community of women and moms. I wanted to bring other voices, stories and experiences to Nesting Story and began welcoming contributors.
These additional voices are made up of different women, some twin moms, some new moms. Some contributors have a flair for creating a beautiful and organized home on a budget, while others bringing your along on their journey of self-care. Each sharing the values that Nesting Story holds closely.
I guess I’d now describe this little corner on the internet as an Online Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, sharing how we are redefining life after babies, by rediscovering our home, style, body and identity while navigating motherhood. Grab a coffee and stay a while. I’m sure you will relate to the real and inspiring stories being told.