We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Joyner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I started my blog when my twins, Ames and Joules, were only 7 weeks old. Even though I’m a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with my doctorate, juggling two babies at once still seemed like a massive undertaking! I felt unprepared with no clear “guide” to navigate it all–and I didn’t know many twin moms or have many twin mom resources. As a result, I decided to start my website and Instagram page, @twinsidescoop—to not only capture my own memories, but also to share my own experiences, to utilize my knowledge as a pediatric provider, and to build a community in hopes of helping other twin moms along the way. My posts are meant to help mothers of young twins in a variety of ways by sharing our experiences and offering educational tips—such as sleep training, converting to toddler beds, potty training, etc. More than anything, I just like to serve as a place of relief—whether I’m messaging with moms giving my advice about something or sharing a funny post about relatable twin motherhood. Double duty is not always easy—but it IS a little bit easier when you feel like you’re not alone!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A well-known thing about me is that I love to do a thousand hard things at once! I’m what you would refer to as a “chronic multitasker”–someone that loves a good challenge. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked professionally as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in a pulmonology unit. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Duke University and I continue to enjoy learning more about the science behind children every single day. On the weekends, you can find me at the hospital managing critically-ill children with tracheostomies and ventilators. But during the week, you can find me at home raising my 4-year-old twins and creating content to help other moms. I truly believe my educational foundation is what sets me apart from other mom bloggers. Through my many years of nursing education and hospital work, I’ve been gifted the art of writing and connecting with others in a meaningful way. As a result, I’ve been able to tap into those key abilities and apply them to my blogging.
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.
I’m one of those people that say “I wasn’t born in Dallas, but I got here as soon as I could.” I moved to Dallas when I was in 4th grade, moved away for undergrad and graduate school, then moved back. Dallas will always be home to me! It’s where my parents live, it’s where my husband’s parents live, and it’s where I want to raise my family. My favorite thing about Dallas is that there is something here for everyone. Whether you like sports, outdoors, family-friendly activities, art, shopping, music, nightlife, etc., Dallas has you covered!
If I had a friend coming in town that had never been to Dallas, I would take them to eat at Highland Park Village (Mi Cocina and Honor Bar are my personal faves there!), the Dallas Museum of Art (this is actually where my husband and I got married!), the American Airlines Center for a Mavs game or concert, and then Northpark Mall to do some shopping! Best of all, I’d bring my friend over to my house to show them what everyone wants to see: my husband’s abstract art. He’s a talented artist that makes very large, textured paintings (when he’s not busy leading a legal software company!)
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?
As they say, it takes a village to raise twins. But, it also takes a village to run a successful twin mom blog! I can’t talk about the beginnings of my entrepreneurial journey without recognizing my husband, my parents, and my in-laws. Truly, these are the core people that wholeheartedly encouraged me to run with the idea of starting a twin mom blog. I’m someone that wants to be a leader in everything I do–but in order to do that, you need a strong support system rooting you on! Most importantly, though, I just have to give massive credit to the twin moms I’ve connected with through social media. They are the real heroes here. They are the ones that exchange wonderful ideas, ask wonderful questions, and keep me on my toes–and laughing! Being a twin mom feels very reminiscent of being in a sorority. The unspoken understanding and support among twin moms is profound!
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