Pandemic Teaches Fort Lauderdale Mom to Adapt and Protect

The daily struggle of being a mother of young children is certainly not unique to Jaclyn Strauss (pictured) of Fort Lauderdale. Like many during the past year, Strauss was juggling full-time work, elementary-aged children and the COVID-19 realities while trying to maintain her peace of mind. Strauss realized that she could turn the everyday struggles of pandemic parenthood into true community impact. 

“I am one mom on a mission to make a difference and help people,” she says.  

Strauss is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by professional training; however, she has been very diversified in her 19 years of professional experience ranging anywhere from being an accounting professor at Broward College, the PTA Treasurer of the local elementary school to a mid-level executive at a Fortune 100 company. Strauss’s true passion, however, is for empowering others. 

Her purpose? To show people that they can have the power through knowledge and simply asking for help and by leveraging a vital tool she created to digitally organize what is important to them. For Strauss, this is the critical ingredient for true peace of mind. 

When vital information is not in order, it is hard to take inventory, let alone find it. In the event of an unplanned absence, having loved ones be able to locate what is needed for them is vital, so they know without facing searching through endless piles of paperwork to try and make sense of things. Strauss realized that this scenario would not be ideal for anyone, whether you are the “point” person in your household or not, an adult child of an aging parent, or simply someone looking for greater efficiency in your life today.

My Macro Memoir® was born to help those that know they need to get their stuff together in a very simple, non-sexy, and no bells and whistles way. Through a guided series of yes or no questions, users can capture what they want at their fingertips in a secure digital binder. 

The security aspect was one of the two pillars that Strauss committed to staying true to during development, in addition to knowing that time is money. She was a success as the platform has military-grade encryption, two-factor authentication and a host of other measures outlined at mymacromemoir.com. Strauss realizes that humans thrive when provided options, and that is what My Macro Memoir® provides.  

These options include:

  • Only include what you want with nothing required.
  • Upload digital copies of your documents or not.
  • Free text where you keep the physical copies of things if you’re going to remind yourself or those closest to you to avoid searching for the breadcrumbs later.  


This service creates a complete memoir in a secure digital location that users can easily access with the added benefit of portability.

“I know that taking action is the hard part, and sitting down to do this can sound daunting,” she says. 

This is why Strauss offers a community group virtually to coach people through the process and hold them accountable at no charge.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor will your memoir,” Strauss says. “But what I hope will be the feeling of personal gratification when you do make progress one yes/no question at a time. If you can’t find the time to answer yes or no questions, then I really don’t know what to tell you as far as getting your stuff together.”

The objective is to keep the series accessible, affordable and user-friendly for all. 

“I want to make sure that I keep the cost low so that price isn’t a barrier to anyone,” Strauss says. 

The cost is $75 per year with a 30-day free trial. Strauss appreciates that we all want to see and feel what we are subscribing to without having to fork up your credit card upfront. Interested customers can start simplifying their life by visiting www.mymacromemoir.com and start living with a greater sense of peace of mind today.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.