We are so proud to introduce our new Editor-in-Chief, Sasha Emmons! To help you get to know our fun, fabulous and fearless new leader, we invited her to compile a list of 25 things you didn’t know about her. Check it out!
25 things you don’t know about me
1. I have had my eye on a job at Today’s Parent for a long time and thank my lucky stars things worked out. I love that I get to spend my work days thinking about what I’d be thinking about anyway.
2. I have worked at iVillage, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents and Parenting, and written articles for The Huffington Post, CNN, Better Homes & Gardens, and Scholastic Parent & Child, among others.
3. I turned 39 years old last week.
4. I have a son and a daughter, and I am holding at two.
5. My daughter, Chloe, will be nine in April and is so fearless and open to adventure that I can’t believe she came from me.
6. My son, Julian, is four and has joie de vivre up the wazoo. He’s also allergic to listening.
7. Fourteen years ago I met a cute, tall Canadian named Justin at a dive bar in Manhattan’s West Village, which set my life on a very different course (and greatly expanded my knowledge of which famous people come from Canada). We’ve been married 10 years, and he would like you to know he’s run three marathons.
8. I am fairly new to Canada and have lived here less than two years. We moved from NYC to the GTA so my kids could have a backyard, be closer to family, and have a less hectic lifestyle. It was a good decision.
9. I still feel homesick for Brooklyn, but Toronto is feeling more like home every day.
10. My mom superpower is the ability to know where everything my kids or husband need is located. The only problem with this is that now no one feels the need to put things back where they belong.
11. Parenting is the most humbling thing I’ve ever done. There are moments where I feel like I’ve nailed it, but there are still so many moments where I have no idea what I’m doing. Please tell me every parent feels like that.
12. I find the balance of working motherhood a challenge, but I feel less and less guilt as the years go on, as I see my kids are growing into awesome people. I don’t think women should have to choose between having a career and a family if they want both.
13. I had never really driven a car until I moved to Toronto last year. I actually had to take driving lessons, and for the first few weeks I felt nauseous every time I got behind the wheel. I get parking tickets like an old pro, though.
14. Despite being born in the US, my kids are full-on hockey-playing, ski-loving Canadian kids who now correct my spelling and pronunciation. It blows my mind how quickly they’ve adjusted to living here.
15. I conceived my daughter naturally but experienced secondary infertility and needed a little reproductive help with my son.
16. I’m trying to raise my kids more or less free-rangeish, like my parents raised me, but sometimes I let the All the Worries get the best of me.
17. I have nine best friends who are spread out all over, and they are my indispensable Lady Council. We’ve seen each other through moves and marriages, boyfriends and babies. When I told them I was up for this job, they called an emergency Google hangout to give me a pep talk and discuss outfit options.
18. I went into labour with Julian at 25 weeks, but they were able to stop it. I was on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy, and it was miserable. But I held on to him until 34 weeks, and he was born healthy. He did spend time in the NICU, though. At the time, I felt upbeat and strong, but, if I think about it now, I cry.
19. I live in fear of my children puking.
20. Breastfeeding didn’t work with my daughter, and I felt terrible about it. My son took right to it, and it was transcendent. I now understand the zeal, but I still think it’s up to a mom to figure out how to best feed her baby.
21. I once met the Julie Andrews at a press event. She was elderly but so Julie Andrews. I died.
22. I have a collection of very loud pants. Today’s Parent staff, you may want to avert your eyes.
23. Two days a week, I drag myself out of bed at 5:30 a.m. to do an insane boot camp class. When I started, last spring, it felt like torture and now it feels like…well, less-tortuous torture. It’s truly changed my body and my life.
24. I have a French bulldog puppy named Roxy, and I am so obsessed with her I am turning into what I previously thought of as a Crazy Dog Person (apologies, Crazy Dog People!).
25. I am so honoured, thrilled and excited to be the new editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent but also a little nervous, too. Don’t tell!
Welcome, Sasha! We are so thrilled to have you join us.