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About Us

OurStart is a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping women in their 20s and 30s. We focus on topics that matter to you, like parenting, pregnancy, motherhood, the workplace, relationships, and weddings. Our team of writers and editors make it a priority to find the most up to date information that can help you out in all your parenting and marriage needs. For a more in-depth look at our team, check out the bios below!

Rachel Watson

Rachel is the website manager at OurStart. She is a recent graduate of Grove City College, where she studied Communications. Rachel currently calls Lancaster, PA her home, but loves traveling to see her family and friends regularly. She considers writing to be her passion, and hopes that she can help to inspire other young women with the words she writes and edits for OurStart. In her spare time, you can find her exploring cute cafes, cuddled up with a great book, or feeding her unhealthy stationary addiction. 

Shannon Barber


Shannon Barber is a feminist who is passionate about lifestyle, women, social justice, and living life to its fullest extent. With a half a decade’s worth of experience in digital writing, Shannon is excited to be a part of the OurStart team. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time. We are excited about the unique perspective she can bring to our articles!

Mariann Foster

Mariann Foster is one of our content writers here at OurStart. Mariann is a certified reading specialist who enjoys homeschooling her daughter and taking care of her alpacas in her spare time. She lives in Wyoming on an alpaca farm with her daughter and their various collection of big and small animals. Being a mother is her greatest gift, so she hopes she can help to encourage other moms through her writing. 

Nadia El-Yaouti 

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Nadia El-Yaouti is a mother, English language arts middle school teacher, writer, and photographer. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and two little girls. When she’s not juggling work, you can be sure to find her traveling the world with her little family. Although she considers herself a workaholic, Nadia’s greatest pride is being a mom. She hopes that in today’s fast-paced world, her writing will continue to inspire and uplift moms no matter how demanding life may be.

Kayla Clough

Kayla Clough is the email specialist here at OurStart. Kayla is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max, and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest. 

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