Mama, Build Your Empire

MBYE [28] Kori Tomelden on Blogging, Bridging the Gap on the Spectrum, and Being a Voice for the Non-Verbal Kids

May 30, 2019


As a child, Kori was strong-willed, highly sensitive, empathetic, curious, imaginative, and a bit of day-dreamer. As an adult, she has become a caregiver and a nurturer. She is the realist who lives next door (though not always literally), a teacher (though not by degree) and researcher. She wants to be an advocate for those most in need, a mentor to those looking to find their voice, and build a community that’s accepting to all. She’s a work at home mom looking to build up my online business empire. With three children of my own (two with special needs), she draws from personal experiences and past work experience as a former assistant PreK teacher. She had once desired to pursue a career in Developmental Psychology or Communications, but when she was drawn into the world of blogging, she began to realize that she could accomplish my goals and purpose online. She also realized that she could reach more people while still being able to cultivate relationships locally if I so desired.

Kori is a mom of three children, 2 of which are special needs. Her journey started when her 21-year-old son was born three months premature with ataxic cerebral palsy and non-verbal learning disorder. Additionally, her 18-year-old daughter is autistic and non-verbal. She knew she wanted to pursue more education to become more of an expert in psychology as it relates to special needs, but she had to be more realistic about her availability when it came to caring for her children. Her blog initially began as a simple mommy blog being honest about the challenges of autism. She then realized her niche would be in bridging the gap between the extremes that existed on the spectrum, focusing on the day-to-day challenges, and the future of life with an autistic child. She challenges any parents with kids with special needs to embrace every day and remember that no victory is too small to celebrate. She also cheers you on to pursue your next step to develop yourself, whatever that may be!


In this episode, we cover:

  • How Kori navigated the isolation of not being able to connect with parents with neuro-typical kids.
  • How Kori was realistic about pursuing her dreams in the midst of caring for kids with special needs.
  • How Kori has been able to equip families and teachers through the resources and support found on her blog and FB support group.


“I wanted to design a business and a lifestyle that worked around all of the intricacies, the ins and outs, and sometimes just the instability and unpredictable parts of our lives and our schedule instead of having to fit our family’s lifestyle and schedule into a business and into whatever my career would have ended up looking like if I was working outside the home.”

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