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, concocting herbal potions, and going to bed by 10 PM.

I believe in the power of radical vulnerability and I use this space to share the lessons that I learn as I navigate life. I don’t always post regularly, but I can guarantee that I’ll always share what’s honest and real and true. There’s already enough BS in the world without me pretending like I’ve got it all together.

This blog started out as a space to share my crafty endeavors, like my DIY wedding and home renovation. But then I started going to therapy and realized that my articles on mental health, depression, and codependency struck a chord with others. These days I care less about keeping up a perfectly curated blog and more about sharing whatever’s true. I post whenever I feel like it because consistency just isn’t my thing (blame my Gemini rising).

To keep up with my day-to-day, I’m most active on Instagram. Stop by and say hello!

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 Grammy 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.

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!

Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I feel like it <3

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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