Aspen Real Life & Aspen Business Connect
Mother of three boys, ages 16, 19, and 21. Writer, blogger, and founder of a hyper-local
destination travel site and a business networking service.
JILLIAN LIVINGSTON: “I worked in film production before motherhood
But those hours are not sustainable if one wants to also be home with one’s children. So I started a blog and worked from home. Soon, I became known as a “mommy blogger,” writing authentically and often humorously about raising children in Aspen, and how navigating the sea of parenting in a resort town was akin to boating through unchartered waters without an engine.
As my sons became teenagers
I documented how my worrying was distancing my boys, and possibly even pushing them toward my biggest fear of substance use. I began meditating and increasing my yoga practice to decrease the worrying. What evolved was beautiful, the more I stepped back, the more the boys stepped in closer. Perhaps I’ll write a parenting book one day. I already have the beginning chapters on the blog.
As our boys got older, they no longer allowed me to reveal their private lives
And so I transitioned the blog to Aspen Real Life, a destination website for tourists that also platforms the voices of our locals. Now, as my sons lean into adulthood, I am able to hire local talent to produce content for the blog so that I may focus on my professional social network that is rapidly growing. These members have also become my team, and together we are working towards strengthening our community. Once again, I am navigating uncharted territories, but these challenges are all mine, and I have the confidence that if I get out of my own way, I’ve got this, and anything else I set my mind to achieve.