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Lela Davidson & Backlisted from the PTA: Straight Hustlin'

jasmine banks

I only met Lela Davidson in real life recently. Before we met for the first time, I was introduced to her through Peekaboo, a parent's magazine in Northwest Arkansas. What I knew of Lela was that she annoyed the hell out of me. Every time I had an idea to do something I would turn around and BAM! there she was! She was doing what I wanted to do! She is an accomplished editor, funny as hell, independent, and (NOW) an author of a loved book! At every turn, there she was. There she was with her adorable heels, her snappy commentary, and strangely shiny hair. I am thankful it turns out that she is short. I've seen her legs y'all... they are nice. We can't have people running around with long legs that are THAT nice. No ma'am! If I had to add LONG nice legs to that package, well,  I would have lost my shit. I would have torn my clothes with clenched fists and screamed out to God, "Why God! Why does she have EVERYTHING!" SO I am thinking that God made her short so the rest of us, that He knew would be jealous of her awesome, would not rip our clothes in angst. He had to keep the universe balanced. No one likes a ripped clearance Target shirt after all, not even God. When I finally did meet Lela it was in the Listen To Your Mother Show. The illusion of "Lela Davidson Magical Superstar" melted away as I saw Lela nervous about one of the most important shows of our life. Lela directed our show with kindness, understanding, and her well documented humor. She was no longer "that annoying lady who keeps being more successful than me", she became "that brave lady who has worked her ass off for success."

All jokes aside.

Lela Davidson is a hard working woman. She is clever, funny, and willing to go the distance for what she wants.  She has broken stereotypes and statistics and is straight up makin' her momma proud. Her character is the kind of character that all women can look up to. She makes the example that we don't have to accept definitions. We can make our own. In such a spirit, I'd like to make my definition. Let me introduce you to a new vocabulary word. I'll use it in a sentence:

Did you hear that Jasmine totally did a Lela Davidson?


Lela Davidson

Verb: To build a career and create a legacy from sheer  hard work, determination, and impeccable character.

Adjective: an expression to describe one of the hardest working women you know.

see also: inspiration, role model, hustler, badass, amazing mom, and loyal friend.

In celebration of Blacklisted from the PTA's birthday you can enter to win a copy! Just head on over to After The Bubbly Facebook page and "like" it or leave a comment below saying "Happy Birthday to Blacklisted from the PTA" in the comment section. Winner will be chosen at random. The winner will receive, at their preference, the paperback or kindle version of "Blacklisted from the PTA"

Find "Blacklisted from the PTA at 

HERE for paperback and HERE for Kindle. Also check out Lela on Twitter or follow the hashtag #BlacklistedFromThePTA


Happy Birthday to Blacklisted from the PTA! Congrats to you, Lela! Your name is awesome, your body of work is amazing and somethign to be envied, and you have rockin' legs... but don't get too cocky, they are still shorter than mine ;) I am proud to know you and proud to support you!


Update! The winner of Blacklisted From the PTA Giveway is Sarah White! Congrats Sarah! You'll be contacted soon about your prize!