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

Hi Chelsie, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My podcast is called Weird Mom and it’s all about making moms (and maybe even dads) feel less alone in their parenting journey. Early on in the pandemic, I knew I was going to need something to do other than binge-watching Netflix and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons so I decided to go ahead and start a podcast. The reason behind my show’s subject matter is because I am a parent and I know that I’ve had moments where I’ve thought “Am I weird for feeling like this?” That is where my podcast comes in and says “Actually, no you’re not,’ by highlighting other parents’ journeys through my interviews with them. While it’s not an official business yet, I am looking to develop it into a business in the future.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been podcasting for a little over a year now and while it hasn’t been the easiest road, it’s been fun to learn so many new things. I think it’s even helped me improve my interview skills. What sets me apart is that I do not try to hide my quirks. I’m positive and I’m myself and I really try to encourage the same for my audience. My goal is not to shame moms for moving through their journey but bring comfort to them. Motherhood, especially at the beginning, is such a delicate time because it’s so transitional. Everything just feels so out-of-whack but Weird Mom is here to give moms solace.

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.
This is an interesting question because I’m a mom and so is my best friend so we’d definitely do a mixture of stuff we can do with our kids and stuff we can do on our own. We’d definitely have to hit up the Perot Museum because there is SO much for the kids to do there and it’s a great learning opportunity as well. We could also check out the Dallas Zoo because what kid doesn’t love seeing their favorite animals? Another fun place that is a bit of a drive from Dallas is Yesterland Farm. While it does have animals to feed, it also has tons of rides and other activities and the best part is most of it is included in your admission price.

As far as food goes, we would grab some food and drinks from Vidorra in Deep Ellum. They have some of the best queso I’ve ever had in my life and the drinks are so good. Another cool food place to try out that is also in Deep Ellum is Serious Pizza. Who doesn’t love a pizza slice the size of their head? Because I’m such a dork, we’d definitely have to go to Chelsea Corner because not only do we share the same name (except my name is spelled Chelsie), the food is absolutely delicious. My favorite item on the menu is their Caribbean Shrimp Tacos.

A nice place we could check out with or without the kids would be Klyde Warren Park. I like to think of it as Dallas’s version of Central Park. Sure it’s a lot smaller but it’s located right in downtown Dallas and it’s a nice place to chill, eat, and even let the kids play. Another place to check out would be the Dallas Arboretum. When I first heard about it a long time ago I thought “Who would want to go look at flowers?” but after going there, it’s definitely worth it. The place is huge and there is so much to see. So many great photo opportunities.

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?
I’m going to be real cheesy and say I want to shout out every guest, every listener, and every supporter of Weird Mom. This podcast is truly a labor of love because, if you’ve ever done a podcast, you’d know that it’s whole production. When you’re spending a lot of time on something that yields no money whatsoever, it often feels like you’re shouting to the abyss but when I get a kind message or someone who agrees to be on the show, it truly helps motivate me to keep it going. So to anyone who takes the time to support me, I am so so so grateful.

Website: https://weirdmompodcast.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weirdmompod/

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

Other: This is my podcast site: https://weirdmom.buzzsprout.com

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