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Meet Kristin Helms of Tribe Magazine & Mom Tribe San Diego in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Helms.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After 15 years of climbing the corporate ladder, I decided to make the ultimate life pivot when my daughter was born in 2013 and traded my power suits and office with a view for yoga pants and life on the home front. My transformation from marketing manager with a Fortune-500 company to stay-at-home mom has been a riotous journey, brimming with unexpected emotions, re-self-discovery, and the most beautiful moments of my life. My debut non-fiction book, From Boardroom to Baby, hits shelves in January 2018 and will help other career women turned stay-at-home moms navigate the transition. My goal with the book is to empower the modern-day stay-at-home mom.

About three months into my own journey as a stay-at-home mom, I realized I needed a creative outlet. I resurrected my longtime love of writing and started an innocent mommy blog where I articulated the heartfelt and honest side of raising tiny humans. That mommy blog led to me writing articles for larger publications, including The Huffington Post, and eventually the launch of my online magazine for moms, Tribe Magazine.

Today, Tribe Magazine is a collaborative online publication exploring the heart and soul of motherhood. We reach tens of thousands of moms from all over the world and I’ve had the pleasure of publishing and collaborating with over 200 mom writers, authors, and entrepreneurs since launching Tribe in 2016.

I was loving the camaraderie and support network that Tribe was providing online for moms, so I thought – why not bring that same sense of support and community to in-person and local events? Thus, Mom Tribe San Diego was born. Mom Tribe hosts monthly events for local moms at fun and unique venues around north county San Diego. We’ve connected over 800 local moms since launching the in-person events last Spring and our “tribe” continues to grow every day.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a stay-at-home mom who also writes and runs Tribe Magazine and Mom Tribe San Diego, finding balance has always been an obstacle.

I’ve had to mindfully design a life where I can foster my creative outlets — writing, growing Tribe Magazine and planning events for Mom Tribe San Diego — but also keep the majority of my focus on my two young children. Most of the time it feels like I’m balancing in the middle of a teeter-totter — when it starts to tip in one direction or the other, I need to readjust to keep a place of center. As all mom entrepreneurs know, it takes constant readjusting and inner strength to keep that balance in this season of life.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Tribe Magazine is all about providing a safe space for moms to express their thoughts and reflections through motherhood. I’ve published over 200 mom authors and writers who beautifully share their journeys through motherhood and beyond. It’s not a parenting site – meaning, I don’t publish how-to articles about what’s best for children, etc. It’s a motherhood site — meaning, I publish articles that tap into the mama heart and soul and empower these women through their roles as moms and thought leaders.

Mom Tribe San Diego is a perfect spin-off of the magazine, because it keeps the focus on the moms. We don’t meet for playdate with the kids, we plan events for moms-only, giving these local moms a fun night out and a little recharge.

In my new book, From Boardroom to Baby, my battle cry to all moms is to “flip your lens inward” and ask yourself what YOU need in order to THRIVE as a mother and a woman. And then go and pursue that, because when you’re happy and thriving, your family is happy and thriving.

And I think that’s what I’m really trying to do with all of this – Tribe Magazine, Mom Tribe SD, and my book, From Boardroom to Baby — I simply want to help moms thrive.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly, I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Every set back along the way, everything I tried and failed at, every late night up working hard, and every sacrifice has led me to where I am today, and I’m so in love with the present. I have a beautiful family, I get to connect with amazing moms locally and globally, and I’m fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing a book. This is my version of “the good life.”

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Image Credit:
Crystella Photography
Alex Clark Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Meg Russel Photography

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