Danielle Heyhoe is a wife, mama, nutritional coach, writer and cook. Today we talk to her about and her new blogging venture: The Milkweed.
Danielle, or Dani as many know her, lives in Auckland with her husband Luke and her sweet wee boy, Otis. (Fun fact: My Albie and Dani’s Otis were born on the same day!)
Dani is also a writer. An incredibly clever and eloquent wordsmith. So the launch of her new blog, The Milkweed, is definitely something you should be excited about.
The Milkweed is a collection of writing about life – the big picture, and Dani’s own life – the smaller picture. Dani writes about motherhood, homemaking, travel, her mum, and other things that she’s pondering. And we may even be lucky enough to find a recipe amongst the pages from time to time – something worth keeping an eye out for!
Here’s what Dani had to say when I caught up with her about The Milkweed…
Let’s start with a little bit about yourself…
My name is Danielle Heyhoe. I grew up in Auckland with my mum and two siblings. I’ve also lived in France and England at different times during my adult years – in fact my husband and I moved back from London last year when we found out we were pregnant with our son, Otis. I love writing, cooking, walking around the Eastern Bays in my hometown, Paris, dining out with my husband and a bottle of red, Pics peanut butter smothered over a piece of 90% dark chocolate, practising yoga in my lounge, brewing intense batches of ginger flavoured kombucha, and making Otis laugh his little head off (not to mention feeding him solid food – no one has wanted food as much as him).
What inspired you to start The Milkweed, and what’s it all about?
I’ve had an innate desire to write for as long as I can remember. I even had the privilege of studying writing at school and then later at University (a degree that doesn’t get you a job just FYI). I was reading some work by Molly Wizenberg earlier this year, who said:
“My best advice is to write. It sounds simplistic, but it’s the best advice I’ve ever been given, so now I’m passing it on to you. Write honestly and thoughtfully about what moves you. Start a blog, keep a journal – whatever works for you. Just keep writing, and try to have fun with it. And work hard. Set high standards for yourself – that’s very important – and get comfortable with not always meeting them. Work hard to learn how to meet them.”
So once I got the hang of “motherhood” (which is unending), I started to write articles while Otis slept, which then turned into blog posts, which later established The Milkweed. The Milkweed is essentially a collection of my writing about motherhood, homemaking, food, and my mum, who passed away nearly four years ago now. I think about her everyday and writing felt like a natural way to communicate those thoughts and spend time with her.
What’s the significance behind the name “The Milkweed”?
Milkweed butterflies are a subfamily of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch butterflies were uniquely special to mum for various reasons; one of those being a symbol of hope, and subsequently they have become special to me.
What do you hope people will get from reading The Milkweed?
Asides from letting creativity flow, to me the ultimate goal of writing is to evoke reflection in your reader. Therefore, I write so others can recall memories, gain insight into their own relationships, and to highlight something beautiful that may have gone unseen. I hope that the result of this is enjoyment for at least a few.
*All photos are are courtesy of The Milkweed blog