About Me

I am Amber.

amber strocel strocel.com about me vancouver mom bloggerI am Amber, hippie mama and suburbanite. I am a writer, student, podcaster, dreamer, social media enthusiast and erstwhile engineer. I started this blog in 2003 as a way to chronicle our home renovations when my husband Jon and I bought our first house, and I just kept writing. Along the way I’ve had babies, changed careers and logged a lot of posts. Those babies grew into nine-year-old Hannah and five-year-old Jacob. They are more awesome than ice cream. We all live in the Vancouver area with our irrepressible cat Dorothy.

I am on a continuing journey to create a more meaningful and purpose-filled life for myself. I call the journey Crafting my Life. As I re-invent myself I’m simplifying and living a more sustainable lifestyle. I (sometimes) meditate. I make stuff and work in my garden. I dance with my kids in the kitchen. I volunteer as a peer breastfeeding support person. I’m taking classes at my local university. I drink a lot of tea. And I frequently sometimes sneak chocolate when no one’s looking.

I write.

Writing is my passion. It is at the core of who I am. I love using written language to share information, spread ideas and convey emotion. As an engineer I did a lot of technical writing. I used lots of fancy-pants words like empirical and Gaussian. These days I write a lot about parenting and life. This blog showcases that best. But I’ve written some other cool things, too:

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