How I Transformed An Idea Into Something That Matters.

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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Every now and then I (Mike) will venture off the parenting, marriage and family path to write about something miscellaneous, but valuable! Today's post is just that. However, I wouldn't do this unless the content I was sharing was life-changing!

I almost deleted the email. After all, I had received several “extra” emails in the course of a little more than a week. They weren’t from an unknown person or anything. I was quite familiar with the sender. His name was Jeff Goins. All I really knew about Jeff was that he was an author and blogger, two things I identified with because I was aspiring to be an author and I had just launched this blog a year earlier.

I subscribed to Jeff’s blog because his approach was simple- You are a writer! Frankly, I needed that encouragement. I was a recovering “self-doubter!” Jeff was admittedly the same so I identified with him immediately. I loved his honesty and straight-to-the-point approach. Plus, he was several steps ahead of me in creating content that reached across the globe and changed people’s lives. That was my heart for Confessions Of A Parent!

After a few days I decided to open one of the extra emails and read through it. That decision changed my life and my whole approach to writing. The email introduced me to Tribe Writers, an online writing course, by Jeff, that helps people find their unique writing voice and create content that changes lives. It was exactly what I needed for this blog, but also myself.


Because years earlier, when I came up with the idea for Confessions Of A Parent, I did so with one big purpose- I wanted to create something that brought hope, humor and restoration to overwhelmed, stressed out, and exhausted parents around the world! It seemed like an impossible mission. Really, how could I, a nobody living in the middle of Indiana, launch a blog and write stuff that transformed people’s lives? Heck, how could I even get people to read it?

Tribe Writers answered all of that and more! It not only helped me find my voice, but it helped me build a powerful platform that reaches parents around the world today. In a little over 3 years, Confessions Of A Parent has gone from an idea to a blog that’s read by hundreds of thousands of people, in 14 different countries, every month. In 2014, nearly 1 million people have read Confessions. Last month, we were blown away that a staggering 540,000+ readers logged on.

More than these amazing numbers, Tribe Writers has helped us become confident of who we are, and what we’re supposed to be doing with our lives. We are writers! That’s what we’re called to do. We are helping to change people’s lives every day through the honest words we write. Tribe Writers is worth every penny you will spend, I promise. Our blog is living proof. We are reaching thousands of families every month through our words and our platform. It’s our dream. It’s our passion!


As I write this post, my heart is filled with thankfulness that I opened Jeff’s email, back in the day, announcing Tribe Writers. It changed my life then, and continues to change my life to this day. If you have a message and a heart to change lives, what are you waiting for? Register for Tribe Writers today. Click the button below to find out how.

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.