Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Morris.
Hi Lauren, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
As a little girl, I would always listen to the radio and dream to be a media personality. I would even go as far as getting the cassette tapes of Sunday sermons that my dad would have from church and record songs from the radio making my own mixes. So, I knew at a young age what I wanted to do in life. As I grew older, I had taken a like to all genres of music and loved reading magazines and biographies covering different artists. I began writing at the age of 7, and that passion also followed me throughout the years. Upon graduating in 2008, I tried my hand at undergrad and ended up transferring to a smaller tech school with dreams of being on the radio. That field was so hard to break into that I started researching podcasting which at the time was fairly new! Around the time I graduated from Ohio Center for Broadcasting aka Ohio Media School, I was pregnant with my daughter and had given up on all my dreams of a media career. About 4 years ago, I got back into podcasting creating “Shewokeupdope” a purpose-driven podcast geared towards women of all walks of life! Journeying through life as a newly single mom, I began to blog my experience with my blog “A Dope Mom” Dope meaning Deliberately operating in purpose effervescently. It was definitely a way for me to show my experience and help other mothers going through similar experiences. I decided to go back to school in 2021 for Social Work with dreams of expanding the Dope Mom Brand into an actual program complete with housing for single mothers looking to get on their feet and accomplish educational goals. At the end of last year, I had a traumatic life-altering experience that I am currently recovering from, and so I’m currently on pause and preparing content to be released at a later date.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been a combination of smooth and rocky. Some of my struggles along the way I have included learning the process as far as production and promotion. Really trying to turn an audience into a community. Also, trying to fund projects alone is tough!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
One thing I did through this year was get a couple of moms out for a mommy’s day out which was pretty fun. I definitely would like to curate more events like that. What sets me apart from others is that I’m really passionate about creating a single mom community in all different aspects be it entrepreneur, stay-at-home mom, the 9-5 mom, student mom, etc! I definitely want to show that it really is strength in numbers by creating a community of diverse single moms locally.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Definitely, my immediate family because they are definitely my soundboard for all my ideas, my backbone, and so much more. To all the Mothers I’ve met, single or married, that have taught me so much about motherhood and the strength of a good community.
- Facebook & Instagram: @Adopemom