Writer, editor, magazine columnist, blogger, digital content creator and strategist—that’s me in a nutshell, when I’m not an overwhelmed working mom and wife to my husband Jay, my “beshert” and best friend.
A former nightlife columnist and feature writer for Chicago magazine (and the first blogger for chicagomag.com), where I was a contributing editor for eight years, since then my life has done a 180; late nights covering bar openings, charity galas, celebrity-headlined events and my dating life are such a distant thing of the past I can hardly remember them. (That might have something to do with the late nights.)
For nearly 10 years I was also the managing editor of Playboy.com, overseeing editorial operations for the digital division of Playboy, and creating compelling editorial and branded entertainment content—and, yes, attending and covering Playboy Mansion parties. (Every bit as fun and naughty as it sounds.) During that crazy period of my life, I was pulling all-nighters pounding the pavement as a freelance journalist as well, writing regularly for such publications as People magazine and Michigan Avenue Magazine, hosting events, radio and TV segments; you can see my portfolio of work here.
Then I got married, got pregnant, and everything changed. My son Preston is 5 years old and starting kindergarten, and my daughter Ivy is 15 months old going on constant adrenaline, and I just hit 40 this year–needless to say, I’m running on empty most days. Almost as soon as I became a mom in 2009, I began chronicling my motherhood journey for Parenting magazine’s website as one of their weekly “mom bloggers” and found my voice among the working mom cognoscenti. I’ve written about being a working mom; trying to get pregnant with my second child while facing secondary infertility; and then I had the pleasure of documenting my 9-month slug through my second (and very difficult) pregnancy.
As of April 2012, I’ve been working full time for Orbitz Worldwide, as the Editor-in-Chief of Content, and running operations at our family’s Deerfield headquarters in the north suburbs of Chicago. Want to chat? Drop me a line at spgorenstein at gmail dot com.