My two-year blogiversary celebration in honor of my readers continues! On today’s reader spotlight I am featuring an amazing photographer, a mom who makes the best allergy-free cakes and a Canadian writer. Keep reading each day for new and exciting features on my amazing readers.
Spotlight On: Dorie Howell
Where do you live? Vienna, VA
Are you a parent? If so, how many children do you have? One daughter
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog? Hmmm, so many to choose from. I love some good pizza and fresh brewed iced tea, purple (but if you ask me tomorrow it might be blue) , The TV Show Friends, Forrest Gump is probably my favorite movie but so hard to choose
What is the role you are most proud of and why? wife and mom
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Stop worrying so much about what other people think and try harder to reach your dreams
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? I’m not sure if I have a passion. I have lots of things that I love to do and try to find time doing all of them. But it doesn’t always work out that way.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? I envision a better version of myself. Someone who has learned from my mistakes and hopefully is helping others avoid those same mistakes.
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? Probably taking a nap.
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? Success is such a personal thing. I measure it personally in being a good wife and attentive mother. Professionally I want people to see the value in what I do and trust me with their family memories. There is no greater honor than being invited into a family to help them preserve their history.
Who inspires you and why? My mom because she is awesome in way too many ways to list here. My husband because he is smart, loving and always tries to do what is right and honorable. My Dad, because also always tries to do what is right and honorable in serving God and his family. My daughter because she finds the joy and fun in almost anything.
What is your biggest challenge? Always getting over my fears.
Feel free to share a short story or anecdote from your life that has helped shaped who you are: When I was working in the corporate world I worked with almost all men who had very high expectations when it came to my work performance. It was difficult to always life up to those expectations. They were domineering and could be very intimidating. The best day of my life was when I walked into the conference room and quit. At that point, they tried to bully me into signing a non-compete agreement. I held my ground and said no. It was so hard not giving into what they wanted but I realized that it was ok that they didn’t like my decision, the sun was still going to come up the next day, and I was going to be ok without their blessing. That was a huge learning experience for me and made me realize that it is ok for me to make personal and business decisions that people don’t like. If I am true to myself, my beliefs, my family, and my clients, then everything else will be fine.
Spotlight On: TaMeisha Norris
Website or Blog: www.obubblebakery.com
Where do you live? Springfield, VA
Are you a parent? If so, how many children do you have? Yes, Zachary (5), Ian (3), Alastair (3)
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog?
Favorite food: Cheese, but it’s not allowed in the house
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite TV show: Say Yes to the Dress
Blog: Tiny Steps Mommy of course
What is the role you are most proud of and why? Daughter- I have the best mother in the world and I get to learn so much, not worry about my flaws all while being the recipient of unconditional love. I’m proud to be called my mother’s child. Sometimes I feel undeserving of her.
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Have more fun and pursue your passions. Having a ton of extracurricular activities on that college application doesn’t mean much if you did it just for the sake of doing it.
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? It changes, right now it’s all about food allergy advocacy and awareness and helping families find a network of support.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? Being able to help food allergy research in a big philanthropic way.
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? Sleeping
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? I don’t know, as I’ve gotten wiser career positions, salary goals, and things to acquire have become meaningless. I set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals which can be pretty uninteresting. Sometimes I don’t reach those goals, or more important things come up. If I am happy and those around me are happy and healthy, that makes me feel accomplished.
Who inspires you and why? My father: He’s a hard worker, and keeps pushing me to do things when I’m tired and frustrated. He works tirelessly too, but always says someone has to get it done. My sisters: They keep me in-line like any good sisters would. When I need lifting up, they are always there. They give their all and it inspires me to give my all too. My in laws: I’ve always been super cautious and conservative. Without their encouragement to take risks, I would have never found the courage to start a bakery. My husband: He’s always there to pick-up the pieces and catches me before I fall. He lets me know it is okay to compartmentalize, and I don’t have to be all things to all people. He reminds me to do the things I can, and seek help for the things I’m not good at. This inspires me to admire the beauty of others and appreciate differences and diversity. My customers: Their challenges inspire me to push the envelope of baking and decorating. They inspire me to be creative and work tirelessly. Their hugs, smiles, and tears of joy keep me going in during the tough times.
What is your biggest challenge? My self and procrastinating. I need to stay away from my phone and my computer and focus.
Spotlight On: Carrie-Anne Foster
Website or Blog: Http://thatdizzychick.wordpress.com
Where do you live? British Columbia, Canada
Are you a parent? If so, how many children do you have? I have two sons, 20 and 17 years of age. My fiancé has four children, daughter 14, son 9, son 8, son 6.
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog? I love poutine. It’s a Canadian dish, very fattening, but oh so good. Think french fries, covered with cheese curds and smothered in Canadian gravy. Love the colour green. Especially, forest green. My favourite tv show is The Blacklist.
What is the role you are most proud of and why? I would have to say mother. I have made many mistakes raising my children, but most parents do. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2008 and that took a lot of my children’s teenage years away from them. My boys were very helpful and caring during the times when I was unable to get out of bed, or walk. I missed a lot of their important milestones, but they have always understood. I met my fiance a few years ago, but we didn’t start dating until two years ago. Raising his four children is an incredible experience. I find I have more patience and understanding this time around. I’m also able to stand back and see a situation for what it is. And the fun part is I know all the little tricks for raising children because I’ve already been through it.
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Everything will be okay. I promise.
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? I love to write. I am slowly getting back into it. I took a very long break from writing, and I forgot how soothing it is. How the words just seem to flow.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? I hope to be more serene. I have worked very hard over the last year to accept my illness and my limitations. I hope that in five years, I will be an inspiration to others.
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? I make time for myself every day. I have to. I firmly believe that if we don’t take care of ourselves first, soon there is nothing left to give to other’s. I spend at least 30 minutes a day doing my writing, reading, meditation, and trying to get on task with yoga.
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? Personal success is when I feel good about something I have done to improve who I am. Whether it means helping someone else out, or achieving a personal goal. I am on permanent disability, so I don’t “work”. However, I am sought after to do various things. Putting together documents, editing/formatting, and I am also asked to give parrot advice. I used to be quite involved in the aviculture community.
Who inspires you and why? My biggest inspiration is a woman by the name of Connie Davis. She was the one who helped me through my stages of grief when I found out I had a chronic illness. While she was giving me her support, she was battling her own illness of breast cancer.
What is your biggest challenge? Social anxiety. Not many of my close friends or acquaintances know I have social anxiety. I have done a pretty good job of keeping it a secret. It’s only been in the last few weeks that I have been able to be open about it.
Feel free to share a short story or anecdote from your life that has helped shaped who you are: I mentioned my inspiration, Connie Davis. Today, March 4, marks the one year anniversary that Connie lost her fight with breast cancer. I never met Connie in person. We came to know one another through our love of parrots. We were part of the same online parrot group, and soon that connection lead to more than just parrots. Connie became another mother to me. I used to call her my Mum Away From Mum (MAFM). I knew her before she was diagnosed with breastfeeding cancer and I can tell you that cancer didn’t change her one bit. She was always so outgoing, pisitive, full of wit and humour. Cancer never took that away from her. Connie refused to let it. Connie shared her journey through cancer with so many people. Keeping it very public on Facebook, so we could keep up to date. Even in the face of bad news, she always put a positive spin on it. My MAFM was a special woman who is dearly missed by many.
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