How blogger Ms. Single Mama Alaina Shearer built a $1.2M business and found the love of her life

Alaina Shearer

Alaina Shearer and her adorbs new husband, Seth Gray.


I've known Alaina Shearer, aka MsSingleMama, since I started blogging 3.5 years ago. We bumped into one another at a conference, she immediately shared with me all her advice on blogging and dating, and we kept in touch through the years — including two summers ago when my kids and I crashed at her amazing, rambling yellow farm house she shares with her wonderful second husband, their four collective kids and a few animals.

In this episode Alaina and I discuss the state of single motherhood, why the world has it all wrong when it comes to moms dating, and how she went from being a blissfully single mom to falling hard and fast for the soul-mate-man-of-her dreams.

Read my profile of Alaina on Forbes: How Alaina Shearer Launched A $1.2M Marketing Agency As A Single Mom.


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About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.


  1. Elizabeth on February 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    So after nearly three years of almost no dating, after a six-year-relationship which ended with physical abuse, which I jumped into after a very short relationship which gave me my daughter (he died of a heart attack when my daughter was 6, he abused her, which is why we split when she was two, and we get a meager $575/mo from SS Survivors’ Benefits), I am finally starting to discover a community of single moms who share an understanding of what it’s like. I am over the victimhood, over the depression (both of my parents died within two years of each other as the second relationship was unraveling), and although I have come a long way with the healing, and doing my best to find a path to financial security, I still struggle with money. So while Alaina mentions that a man has to clearly present benefits across the board, “and then financially maybe but you don’t need that by that point” – maybe YOU don’t need that, but I cannot even afford to date! I cannot afford clothes, I cannot afford to help pay for a nice dinner, and I definitely cannot afford to go on trips together. Mind you, I have made choices that I take responsibility for – I am paying for my daughter to train as a professional ballerina, which also necessitated a move away from my entire social support network – but it still pains me to know that my best years are fading away while I struggle to make ends meet. Previously, I taught music, which was immensely rewarding but pays squat and no health insurance. I am learning web design. I am starting a blog. I am planning to buy a very nice camera this summer and learn photography, which saves me a ton of money on ballet photos while learning a skill I think I would really enjoy. I take care of myself and I look great. Can’t. Meet. Anyone. I feel like by the time I get going financially, I’m gonna be 50. When did she say sex starts to hurt? And what? Orgasms change?

    • Emma on February 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Sounds like you regret your financial decisions. If you can afford dance lessons and a professional-grade camera, you can afford a decent outfit for a date. Don’t create excuses not to date – get out there and enjoy yourself!

  2. Salina on May 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Great post! Women can do anything!

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