My name is Jodi. I’m a 40-something mom living in the heart of the Fraser Valley. I’ve been blogging for the past 8 years. Let’s take a peek at how things started.
- In 2006, I became a mother for the second time after almost 8 years. A bit of a shock, I was in my 30’s and recently married. I gave birth to an adorable blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby boy, and soon after realized something was wrong.
- In 2010, I started a blog called Rants n’ Rascals, after learning my son had special needs, born with mild cerebral palsy. I wanted a way to connect with other parents raising a child with disabilities. The blog was a perfect way for me to vent. Within the first year, I was voted one of Vancouver’s top 30 most fabulous mom bloggers. Through the years, my blog transformed into a family oriented lifestyle blog.
- In 2012 Rants n’ Rascals really took off. I had gained quite a following and had begun working on ambassador programs on a regular basis for brands such as Netflix, Fuji, Staples Canada, LG, Disney, Samsung and more. In 2012, my little boy was also diagnosed with a sensory disorder, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
- In 2015, my blog steadily grew and I appeared in various online publications such as Yummy Mummy and Candian Living. Shaw Television, Telus TV, and other outlets. I was writing regularly and sharing more about life with disabilities, and fell in love with beauty and fashion trends, entertainment and DIY projects for the home. But something was missing. I didn’t know what it was. My boys were getting older. I felt I needed a change.
- In 2017, I made the difficult decision to end Rants n’ Rascals and changed my blog name and style into Just Jodi Shaw (Unplugged) why Unplugged? Because I had decided that while writing for brands was great, I wanted more of an honest connection with my readers and it’s been a helluva year! Although I lost some of my following, I continue to grow my blog and now my Youtube channel, diving more into having a video presence, sharing my opinions on special needs, depression, anxiety, and soon he said/she said about sex and marriage which I will host with my husband, a tbi (traumatic brain injury) survivor.
- In 2018, I began writing a book which I hope to publish soon called “Out of the Darkness) a bipolar mother’s tale on raising a bipolar child. I hope this book will help others to see that having a mental illness isn’t taboo, and it’s crap to shut the door on such topics we should be embracing in order to help our future generation.
Today you will find me splitting my time between creating content for my blog, Youtube channel and Facebook group. I am beginning to branch out by taking more family road trips and documenting our adventures as a family. You will find me speaking out a lot more (unplugged) and (uncensored) on topics such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, brain injuries, sex and marriage, and my thoughts on life. With my oldest graduated and now out of the house, and this mama empty nesting, yeah it’s been hard. I am finding new and more ways to enjoy time with my youngest son, watching Netflix, reading romance stories, and hanging out with family and friends trying to get the most out of life.
“I have found that if you love life,
it will love you back!”