Name: Leslie Bruce
Title: Founder / Author
Kids Names: Tallulah Everly
About Me: I write books for a living, but always struggle with writing my own bio. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, and my beautiful, strong-willed, curious little girl named Tallulah (who is destined to torture me in the same wonderful way I tortured my own mother). I strongly oppose the oxford comma, which makes me very unpopular with publishers. (I've co-authored five books, all of which have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list.)
I began my career as an entertainment journalist, and have a few awards to prove it. I have two rescue dogs, both of which are named after grumpy old men (Archibald and Sherman). I’ve been involved with different philanthropies and organizations such as Big Sisters, City of Hope and recently became a member of Alliance of Moms.
I started my Mama platform Unpacified earlier this year, and have already seen amazing growth. I’m fortunate to contribute to a few parenting websites and platform, most regularly for LaurenConrad.com. I’m currently penning my own book about the modern motherhood journey months in a way that I hope is entertaining, educational, comforting and, of course, irreverent.
I have a terrible Skinny Cow addiction. If there’s a box in my freezer, I’ll eat all of them. Seriously.
What are your skills: Public Relations; Event Planning; Photo Shoot Production; Writing. I'm also a wizard with fringing scissors and have given myself the title "Best Driver in California." (Although my husband strongly disagrees with the latter).
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Mentoring, Friendship, Playdates
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I'm looking to connect with other like-minded mamas trying to navigate this crazy, beautiful journey while making sure to nurture their own paths.
What are your career goals: Continuing to grow Unpacified and bring women an unfiltered, humorous, sincere but raw look into what it's like being a modern mama today. I hope to see it become a destination for new mothers, so that none of us never feel alone during the hard days, and so that we have a place to celebrate during the amazing days. I want to make sure that every new mama knows that “Being a mom is everything…but it’s not all there is.”
Words you live by/quotes you love: . "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art." -- Andy Warhol
Best advice you’ve ever been given: Stop comparing… yourself, your partner, and your baby. As much as I hate to admit it, I have a tendency to peek over my neighbor’s fence to see if their grass is greener. We are given this awesome high risk / high reward responsibility to raise and shape an actual human, so it’s only natural to wonder what someone else’s parenting journey looks like. Luckily, my husband is much more levelheaded than I am, and reminds me that many roads lead to Rome. Just because my daughter was later to the whole walking thing, doesn’t mean she’s going to be left behind. And just because someone else’s partner is home every night for bath time, doesn’t mean my husband isn’t doing just as much to spend quality time with us. In those moments, I need to remember to keep watering my own grass…and move on.