My name is Michelle Barrow and I’m kind of an urban grandma. By day, I’m a marketing guru, freelance social media strategist, and lover of all things SEO. By night, you’ll usually find me knitting, crafting, fixing things, fermenting things, and going to bed by 10 PM.

I’m really terrible at writing consistently which means I end up posting whenever I feel like it. Sometimes I post once a month, sometimes I post once a week, all I can guarantee is that I’ll always share what’s honest and real and true because there’s already enough BS in the world.

The Inspiration Behind That Grandma Life

(Martha Arlene Libby Barrow feeding a goat)

I was lucky enough to grow up with the quintessential grandmother and she was my inspiration for starting this blog. I used to spend summers visiting her home in Maine where she taught me how to knit, weave baskets, harvest from her incredible garden, darn socks, braid rugs, and make preserves. She was an amazing woman who lived independently until she passed away at 91 and through her example I learned about the importance of frugal living and the satisfaction that comes with making things myself. I wanted to start this blog as a way to share my projects and insights that are based on the lessons I learned from her.

The Grandma Life Manifesto

I will never feel embarrassed by going to bed early.

I will always be the first person to laugh at myself.

I will freely and honestly share my mistakes because what’s the point of messing up if no one else can learn from it?

If it can be made or mended, I will find a way.

Questions or comments? Feel free to get in touch with Michelle Barrow!

Email: thatgrandmalife@gmail.com

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3 thoughts on “About”

  1. Me too! I just googled “I hate NYC” out of curiosity because I’m having one of those moments and I found your article, which then led me here. I’ve been in NY 5 years and I’m at the point where my tolerance for it is dropping, rapidly. I breathed a huge sigh of relief to know I’m not the only one. Thanks!

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