Rachel Sarah is the blogger behind “Single Mom Seeking,” which details the highs and lows of single motherhood in today’s world barefaced and unselfconsciously. She also co-founded the site: “Singlemommyhood.”
A former journalist and researcher for Time Magazine, Rachel has her writing chops. But when she turned her discerning eye to her own life and struggle as a single mother trying to date, the acclaims flooded in. Not only is her blog one of Babble’s Top 50, she is also one of Parenting Magazine’s “Mom Blogs we love!”
Rachel became a single mom when her daughter was seven-months-old. Her daughter’s father, who was bipolar, walked out on them both to go start a new life in another country.
She also runs an editing and writing business called Rachel’s Clips. Her pieces have appeared in Family Circle, Salon.com, American Baby, and Huffington Post. She’s sought out as a parenting expert by The New York Times and The Today Show. Add love advice columnist for San Francisco’s J, Jewish Newsweekly of Northern California. Additionally, she’s the author of a book: Single Mom Seeking: Play Dates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World. The idea came to her after she couldn’t find any resources for herself, a single mom trying to figure out how to date.
Rachel began dating when her daughter was two years old and immediately looked for books to help guide her through the process. But none were to be found. So she started with some of her columns and began building her own how-to manual as she watched it play out live and in color.
She literally wrote the book as she lived it. When asked how the men she dated took the news that they’d be subjects in the book, she said they all “took it in stride,” but asked if she had a tape recorder in her purse. She explored the dating world of Match.com and Jdate.com, but also went out on “set-ups” and wasn’t above meeting men in the checkout line of the grocery store. (Kind of brings a whole new meaning to ‘checkout line,’ doesn’t it?) Her memoir is real, honest, raw, and gives the full story—or the ‘nitty gritty,’ as Rachel likes to call it.
Her biggest advice to single moms is to “get a tribe,” a band of close friends you can depend upon. Her tribe gets together for weekly Wednesday night potlucks to dish on their lives and struggles. Rachel has said that writing her memoir as she was living through finding her life partner was the ingredient that kept her “sane” through the madness that can be single parenthood.