Dear Diary,


Hey DFTM family!  Recently, I started to write a column over at Black & Married With Kids called The Single Life.  As regular contributor, I posted stories, similar to the ones found here, about my adventures as a first time mom.  When I shared my story about how I became a single mother, it sparked a lot of interest among BMWK’s readers.  Some wanted to know about my love life.  So, I decided to open up my heart and let them in.


Many of DFTM members are single parents as well, so I would love for you to accompany me on this journey of finding love (or letting it find me.)  I waited a year after becoming a mom to get my mojo back (or as my friend says, remember that I had mojo since I never lost it!)  Now, I’m jumping back in the dating pool.  Ok, well, I’m really just dipping in my toes at this point.  My articles will give you insight on how I date differently with a permanent plus one and remember that I’m not only a mother but a woman.  All this week, I’ll catch you up to speed in a new feature called the Dating Diary.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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