Technically we’re getting older… but that’s just our bodies.
Our minds still think the ’80s were 20 years ago at most, can still sing along with every word of pretty much every song that came out between 1970 to 1990, and remember religiously tuning in to Saturday morning cartoons on TV — and spending long, hot summers of our youth playing outside from sunup to sundown.
Sure, middle age can suck — but we’re in this together, which means we hope we can make it suck a little less.
This site is for you, Gen X. It’s taken us all a long time to get here, so let’s make the most of what we’ve got. That’s why we say Myria is for Gen Most Xcellent. (We’re betting Keanu would approve.)
The OG Myria story
Myria first debuted in 1998, and was one of the first websites specifically for moms. As our first press release explained:
Created by two mothers who “met” online after giving birth on the same day in 1996, principals Nancy Price of California and Betsy Gartrell-Judd [Bailey] of Ohio designed Myria to bridge the gap between web sites and magazines that focus exclusively on parenting or on womanhood, to instead address the rich life experience of being a woman who is also a mother.
The site was born because we were both work-at-home moms with two daughters each, and wanted to do something creative that would let us stay work-at-home moms.
The business we began exceeded even our wildest expectations, leading us to launch several print magazines, and ultimately we were the two original founders of a site — SheKnows.com — that would grow up to be one of the world’s largest websites for women, reaching hundreds of millions of people each year.
All magic, though, comes at a price. When a business grows as swiftly and sturdily as SheKnows, success means an office and investors and dozens of employees. So while we were thrilled to see our little shoestring venture blossom, it ultimately meant we needed to relinquish much of our creative control and put in hours away from home.
In the end, our families (both now with four kids each), introvert tendencies and self-employment ideals won out, and we left SheKnows so all parties could grow along their unique paths.
Myria, version 2.0
When Myria started, we were friends a thousand miles apart, and had never met in person. By 2004, we were best friends who lived 20 minutes away from each other.
And in 2014, after a few years away from SheKnows, we decided to start Myria over again.
When, many years ago, we sold off all Myria’s assets to build a company, we didn’t get rid of everything — we held tight to our hopes and goals, creative minds and entrepreneurial chutzpah, and the domain name.
That’s how, sixteen years later, Myria has re-launched with a expansion of our original mission, but with a whole new playground to explore. (We also brought in one more business partner — Patti, who was one of our first employees at SheKnows.)
We want to be a place where women — not just moms — will feel encouraged and enlightened, entertained and informed, appreciated and supported.
While we’d never suggest that we have all the answers, our business, our friendships, our experiences, our daily lives — in particular, the adventure of parenthood — has given us some perspective, and an appreciation for a dynamic approach to life’s changes… and its challenges. We know so much more now, like that life is lumpy and smooth. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter. Sometimes so exhausting and chaotic, we struggle to catch a breath… and with many moments so surprising and beautiful, it takes our breath away.
And if, by some marvelous twist of fate, we find ourselves nurturing another successful site? We know we’d appreciate it just as much the second time around.
How do you pronounce Myria?
It’s derived from the word myriad, so we pronounce it MEAR-ee-uh.