We had the good fortune of connecting with Christie Cuthbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christie, what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity and purpose. As a former journalist, storytelling has always been my passion and made for an exciting career for many years. As I settled into motherhood, and the unique hand of cards I was dealt, (four boys including triplets within four years), I realized I could write about my own life story to make a difference in the lives of others. In my first book, “Mom! I Farted in Church” I share with other moms of littles how I managed through the chaos of those tough, early years, while being a Type-A person and a control freak. I mentioned many ah-ha moments and how I learned to laugh more and stress less. Through the book I started doing guest speaking with mom groups and it’s been transformative. The feedback I get, and the moms who come up afterward and say, “I needed to hear this today” gives me immense purpose and teaches that sharing your vulnerability can be a positive thing. In the last year I’ve branched into a children’s’ book series called “The Mischief Makers.” It’s loosely based on my boys, and discusses curiosity, creativity and character-building life lessons. I again felt called to a purpose. We’re living in a world right now where kids have been glued to screens for more than a year thanks to Covid. They’ve lost all the fun things that we all enjoyed as kids; climbing trees, playing in the street with neighborhood kids, using their imaginations. These books reinforce that sense of fun and play, and also teach valuable lessons about life, in a funny way. It’s also allowed me to work with some elementary school kids and inspire their own creative writing skills, which has been so much fun.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my writing apart from others is humor, self-deprecation and authenticity. In my writing about motherhood I don’t hold back. I think one of the greatest gifts God can give us all is the ability to laugh, especially at ourselves. Life is too stressful when you take things too seriously. In our family we build in a lot of things to make sure we laugh together daily. My writing career has been an interesting progression because of my life story. My husband is very successful in business in his own right, which has meant moves across the country and more. And being home with four little boys for years and years, the idea of holding down a 9-5 desk job was out of the question. It has always been important for me to keep my toe in the pond with freelance writing, knowing at any point I may wake up one day and decide to dive back in. When my first book took off, things progressed from there. With my career, I’ve never set out to be any kind of influencer, or have any fame or fortune. It’s really more about connecting with others. The greatest joy for me is getting an email from someone who has read one of my boys and walked away with something special. I also love the impact its had on my children. They know their father is successful, but seeing their mom doing her thing equals the playing field, and also inspires their creativity. I’ve learned along the way that if you want to do something, do it. Don’t wait for someone to come hand it to do. Put in the work and make it happen. And if you want control over your ideas, do things your own way and don’t bend for others. I’ve also learned that personal fulfillment and success doesn’t always come in the form of dollar signs. Writing my books has given me more internal joy than any regularly paid position I’ve ever been in. Most people work to put food on the table. Many don’t like their jobs. Finding something on the side that can give you that sense of purpose and fulfillment is what brings the happiness.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many great spots in and around San Antonio. When my friends come to San Antonio we do dinner and drinks at The Pearl. We also do a day shopping and lunching in downtown Boerne, and if it’s a weekend we head over to Gruene for onion rings and lunch at The Grist Mill and some live music.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The main people who deserve credit are my boys. Without them there would be no stories to write.

Website: www.christiecuthbert.com

Instagram: @christiecuthbert

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christiecuthbert/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christiecuthbertwrites

Other: Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AChristie+Cuthbert&s=relevancerank&text=Christie+Cuthbert&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1

Image Credits
Photo Credit: Mewborne Photography

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