Hello friends, my name is Madeleine and I am incredibly lazy glamorous.
Ever since I was a sullen child of 8, I’ve adored writing in all its incarnations – dramatic, exclamation-filled diary entries, pseudo-journalistic endeavours for small town weeklies, and the bastard child of the above: blogging.
I have a BA Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology, Deviance and Social Control.
I have a rare chronic kidney condition called Gitelman Syndrome and am currently campaigning to become its spokeslady. You can read more about the condition here.
In 2012 I had my daughter, a sweet, funny little girl named Olive. I wanted a hippie home birth but after developing full placenta previa she was born via c-section. Weekly posts about my pregnancy and my c-section are found here. I will also be blogging about some of my experiences as a mother, so if you object to hearing about potty training or sleep cycles you best run now.
My marriage ended in late 2014, and I will be touching on the subjects of divorce and single parenting occasionally. Writing is cathartic for me, and I draw strength from the possibility that my words and experiences might be able to help someone else going through a similar situation.
I like to ramble about a variety of subjects, and sometimes I do this rambling in book form. My very first book was published April 2014, and I am so proud of it. Titled All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity, it’s a fantastic little book of Eco-friendly ideas served up in a lighthearted and humorous tone. You can buy it here, order a copy from your local bookstore or be earth-conscious and take a copy out from your library or download it in ebook form.
Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or to offer unsolicited advice on how to run my life. I don’t reply to every email, but I do read and appreciate each and every one.
(Please note – I am no longer writing the All You Need Is Less column for The Guardian and do not accept submissions for guest posts at SweetMadeleine.ca, or pitches for product spotlights. Thank you!)