So, whaddya wanna know about me?
I’m a forty-one year old part time professional musical theater actress, writer, and creative entrepreneur turned part-time blogger, vlogger and general social media girlie. I’ve owned MissMollyBell.com for 20+ years when I was just starting off, but only really delving into the blogging world head-first now that I'm making a change to work from home more in order to support my health.
What you should really know about me is that I love stripes, and shirts with phrases. Most importantly, I live to be creative and to teach others how to turn that into a profession that suits them. I also blog about my journey and what holds me back, my fears, my health issues (a lot), and motherhood and blah blah blah. I mean I had (and have) a million jobs and I have bipolar disorder 2 and common variable immune deficiency so I will definitely take you on a journey. Read more about me and my family below and thanks for coming along on the ride. ~Molly
These are my children Ryder & Rylie. They are awesome kids. I mean not always easy because they inherited my genes but pretty awesome. Rylie is five and Ryder is 11. I'm lucky to have them and they were difficult to get because of my CVID. I also think they've kept my bipolar at bay for a while because I've had to step outside myself and care for them. Cool huh?
I am married to Kurt Kuckein, a marketing manager here in Silicon Valley. He is my high school sweetheart. It's so fun we have our prom pictures together, I'll post them some day soon. We have been married for almost 18 years. It's crazy I'm that old.
I'm growing as a writer and composer and although I have written two musicals and they are published by Stage Rights in Los Angeles I am a newbie and still working my way through the learning process, I've just had some good luck on the way. I also a professional musical theater actress and love to perform although that is not quite as often nowadays as I focus on my health and raising my children. I love to create. I think of ideas all day long. Many of them come to fruition and others sometimes make an appearance and I will wait to see if my gut instinct was correct, based on peoples attention. If it resonates I push forward, if not I pull it.
My ultimate passion is online business, marketing, design, lifestyle blogs, and my goal ultimately is to focus my work into one creative lifestyle Molly land. Dare I say this here blog might be the beginnings of something? Maybe.
Oh em gee you guys that could be the bipolar talking. Moving on.
But seriously, I've been busy and manic and just a tad crazy. I'll list most of my ventures here to prove to you that I've got issues. I'm grateful to each of these ideas because I believe they were my way of connecting the thoughts in my mind together and each idea, business, work of art, dance, flashmob- tells a story. But they are not all what I SHOULD be doing in life. I know that. They are part of my artistic process and are the building blocks along the way to what I believe is my calling, I'm just not sure what that is yet, ya get me? I do know that I need to trust that I'm on my way.
I have been brought in as a creative consultant/producer/idea/team builder/special project person for Netflix, Fleet Feet, Ebay, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and have done professional and non-professional Flashmobs, Christmas "live greeting cards" for different companies and businesses. It is a super fun job and has taught me a lot about working within a corporate structure. Not always easy for someone like me who thinks "outside the box" as they say.
One of my best jobs is making parody videos for my friends over at Fleet Feet in Menlo Park, owners Jim and Lisa Taggart have hired me to do their holiday card for the past 5 years. Each year I try and sharpen my skills and get a bit better. This year was a Taylor Swift parody.
And omg, you would not believe how many more business ideas I have. I could go into them all and I'm really feeling pressure to do so, but I can't. Too much Molly, too much.
My purpose for this site is to help you with ideas to do what you want in life. I will also chronicle my life with Common Variable Immune Deficiency, Bipolar 2, mom, entrepreneur, actress, creative and to be helpful to anyone who may be struggling with the same issues I have. I don't know how much of my process I'll divulge yet, I'll feel it out as I go. I believe documenting is art, so I always strive to be authentic. If you think you'd like to join my community please subscribe and maybe tell me a little about you.
Age: 41 1/2
Married 18 years.
Diagnosed Common Variable Immune Deficiency: 2015
Diagnosed Bipolar 2: 2017
Married, 2 kids, 6 pregnancies (for those of you wondering about your pregnancies)
Started getting sick chronically around age 18. First round of illness attacked my GI tract from age 18-25.
Age 25-Age 35 Illnesses moved to chest infections, frequent colds every week, chronic ear infections.
Finally received diagnosis September of 2015 when hospitalized for pneumonia which got trapped in my lung lining.
Finally received diagnosis of Bipolar 2 November 2017 after a year long state still going on of hypomania.
Currently trying to slow down my commute and commit to what I've always wanted to do: move my career to building a brand online. Hence, this site.
My goal is to remain authentic to the process, tell my truth, help people, inspire you and inspire myself.
As this blog is meant to eventually be my sole income, you will find some advertising and affiliate products poking their heads about.
I aim to offer courses, books and products that I love love love and think you will find useful.
I also use affiliate links – This means that if you buy anything via my link to a retailer, I’ll make a quid or two in commission, but doesn’t mean it’ll cost you any extra. The great news? As I learn more about my process of becoming a full time blogger/vlogger I will pass my knowledge on and pay it forward.
If you’d rather not use the affiliate link, you just need to clear the cookies on your browser and voila, it’ll be like you never clicked on it.
Any questions, just drop me a tweet at @missmollybell!