Hi, I’m Asha. I’ve been a writer for over 20 years. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.
I launched the Parent Hacks blog in 2005. At the time, my oldest kid was in kindergarten and my youngest was a toddler. Parenting challenged me to my core, blogging was relatively new, and most people were using blogs as personal journals. But I wanted to create a community space where parents could swap their worked-for-me tips and talk about what was really going on. So began a 10+ year conversation with the smartest, most generous community of parents on the Internet, and a remarkable ride for me as a writer and parent.
Now that my kids are (almost) grown, I’ve flown to a new Internet perch. To see what I’m up to now, visit me at AshaDornfest.com.
My book, PARENT HACKS, is an illustrated collection of genius shortcuts inspired by this blog. I’m immensely proud of this book because it invites a new generation of parents to share the kinds of smart, encouraging ideas readers shared here. I wrote Parent Hacks as a way to honor and make tangible a bit of the magic that happened on this blog, so I could offer it to Parent Hacks readers and say thank you and look, we made this together.
My previous book, MINIMALIST PARENTING, with co-author and dear friend Christine Koh, details the “keep it simple” philosophy of parenting and life we’ve both come to in our very different ways. It offers lots of practical advice about how to clear space for what’s most important in your home, schedule and mind.
Christine and I continue the conversation in our weekly podcast Edit Your Life. We talk about simplifying, decluttering and making room for the awesome in your life.
How to Contact Me
The best way to keep in touch is via my email update list. This isn’t an automated newsletter — it’s an occasional, personal note from me when there’s news to share. Low-frequency (I respect your attention & inbox), privacy always, unsubscribe any time.
You can also find me at my personal blog, AshaDornfest.com, or on social media at @ashadornfest.
For speaking engagements, contact the Workman Speakers Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Book-related press and publicity
For PARENT HACKS, contact Workman Publishing.
For MINIMALIST PARENTING, contact Christine and me directly at email@example.com.
I do not accept product pitches, press releases or guest posts.
Thanks for stopping by.