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Life Lessons: Karen Moline

Today’s Life Lessons subject is someone very dear to me. Karen Moline and I met years ago, thrust together by an agent who thought we might work well together on a then, unnamed book project. The agent was right; we DID work well together and the result was, Good Enough Mother, The Perfectly Imperfect Book Of Parenting, which spawned this website. Karen and I are working on some future projects so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy this Life Lessons from my friend, Karen Moline!

Are you happy at the moment?

Well, I could be happier! My son just started middle school and it is a huge and stressful transition for him. And as a freelance writer, work is highly unpredictable, which leads to either great happiness or great misery, sometimes on the same day!

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

To not care so much what other people think of you, unless they are truly close friends or family who understand you and what’s the best for you. All the rest…try to let it go!  HA – much easier said than done.)

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

That I have the most amazing, emotionally centered little boy in the universe.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Finish the novel and the play I’ve been working on for years. Sell all the other book projects I’m working on, too. Have the new book I coauthored, Sh*tty Mom, make people laugh and be the success it deserves to be. And get out more!

What’s your secret to happiness?

Having good people who love you on speed-dial. And being grateful to be living in such an amazing world, where you can communicate instantly with anyone no matter how far away they are while listening to Pandora and eating really good, organic chocolate.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

I play paddle tennis nearly every morning, and it is deeply satisfying to hit something bouncy and try to get some of the stress out before going to work.

What’s your biggest regret?

That I have not as yet found the great guy who will be a partner to me and a father to my son.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

To be happy to be where you are right now, that who you are is wonderful, and to not flip out when other people make mistakes and disappoint you.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Playing Pocket Frogs on the iPad to de-fog my brain from looking at words all day long LOL.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

My incredible son, Emmanuel.

When were you happiest?

In Paris with one of my ex-beaus. And when I first laid eyes on my son.

What ten words best describe you?

Creative, passionate, opinionated (ha), worldly, generous, empathetic, hypersensitive, self-critical, funny, and loving.

Karen Moline is a journalist and author who has written over two dozen nonfiction books; two novels, Lunch and Belladonna; and hundreds of articles for publications around the world. Her newest book is Sh*tty Mom. She also had the great good fortune to have collaborated with Rene on Good Enough Mother, the book that spawned this website! She lives with her son in New York City. To see more of her work, go to

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