Meet Cindy Dudas of Whatever Works.
We asked Cindy some questions, and here is what she has to say!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a stay-at-home mom in sunny South Jersey where there’s a Wawa on every corner and everyone eats pork roll, not Taylor Ham. I grew up in northwest Jersey (Morris County) where my family still lives, so we have the best of both worlds. We live near the beach, but can travel just as easily to the mountains. Also, we can call them hoagies OR subs and either is acceptable.
My husband and I met at a barbeque – a pig roast, to be more specific – where it was love at first site. I knew I wanted to marry him immediately, and was really happy to find out he felt the same. We have two beautiful children who love to question everything at all times. Since I don’t have all the answers for them, I thank God every day for the internet.
I started writing publicly about a year ago after my dear friend Jamie taught me that it’s more than OK to put it out there. I started my own blog as a way to test the waters. Now my life as Wife and Mom also includes the title Writer, and I’m so happy about it.
What is your blog about?
Whatever Works is a personal memoir about things I don’t necessarily talk about out loud. It’s my brain spillage. It’s mostly about my life as a mom since that is what takes up most of my days, but it’s also about odd things that might happen outside of motherhood. By sharing my thoughts I have found that there are many other people out there that have similar experiences. I love finding personal connections with people when you least expect it.
Is there a story behind your blog name?
I chose to call my site Whatever Works after realizing how much I actually use that phrase in real life. I’ve always been a big fan of making things work in whatever way I can. I don’t like to follow specific rules if there is an easier and more effective way of doing something. When I started out, I got caught up with trying to make my writing appealing to other readers. I found that by doing that, I kind of lost the main reason why I wanted to write in the first place: to pour my soul out. I wasn’t being true to myself. So I chose Whatever Works as a way to remind myself that even if my writing isn’t a major hit, I can still look at it knowing I used what I’ve got.
Who or what inspires you?
EVERYTHING inspires me. I mean that honestly. It might be watching the Olympics on TV or watching my daughter reading in her room. It all touches my heart and makes me want to be more.
What is your favorite social network and why?
Facebook 100%. I have reconnected with so many friends and made so many NEW friends on Facebook. I love everything about it.
What is your biggest claim to fame?
The most exciting thing that has happened to me due to my writing was when I wrote a story for NJ.com about a tattooed Barbie doll. (My position is Who cares? It’s a doll.) Anyway, Fox News called and wanted me to go on TV and have a debate about the infamous tokidoki Barbie with a famous beauty expert. It never ended up happening, but it still felt pretty good to be recognized.
Oh, I also played craps with Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots once. I definitely think that counts as a claim to fame, right?
When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dentist for other dentists. I wondered who cleaned their teeth since they were so busy cleaning all of ours.
What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?
SEX! Sexy, sexy sex. I think it would be so much fun to write about how moms feel about sex: all the pros and cons of sex after babies, when we have time to fit in a little romp, what books are good and trashy…all that.
What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?
Ugly Like Me by Jamie Tripp Utitus
What is your favorite indulgence?
Any time away from the kids when I know they are safe and happy and I can just relax.
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