My two-year blogiversary celebration in honor of my readers continues! On today’s reader spotlight I am featuring my mother-in-law, a local blogger and an entrepreneur who combines a love of shopping with a desire to give back. Keep reading each day for new and exciting features on my amazing readers.
Spotlight On: Mercedes Dash
Where do you live? Fairfax, Virginia
Are you a parent? Yes, I have five sons.
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog? My favorite food is Chinese, favorite colors :black and red, favorite movie: Gone With The Wind, favorite show: House of Cards, Blog: Tiny Steps Mommy
What is the role you are most proud of and why? I am most proud of my roles as a mother and wife.
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Finish your education then travel and party.
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? My passion is helping others and until I retire I will not be able to fulfill my dream.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? Retired on a beach somewhere.
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? I would not know what to do if I had a free minute to myself.
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? Seeing my family happy and healthy.
Who inspires you and why? The thought of an afterlife.
What is your biggest challenge? Juggling my party business with my childcare business.
Feel free to share a short story or anecdote from your life that has helped shaped who you are: I came from Cuba as a small child in 1961 as a Peter Pan kid. For those who don’t know the term (outside of the children’s film), it was a term given to the exodus of children leaving Cuba for the United States over a period of 5 years during the Castro takeover. I came to the U.S alone with my sister and were placed in a foster home until relatives were able to take us in. This experience is still difficult for me to talk about. As sad and difficult a time it was, I am a stronger and better person for it today. I take nothing for granted and I am grateful for everything I have in life.
Spotlight On: Healther Paulding
Website or Blog: http://spunkyrealdeal.com
Where do you live? Leesburg, VA
Are you a parent? Yes If so, how many children do you have? 2 boys
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog?
Food: classic Italian
Tv show: Teen Wolf. I get bravery points for this right
Blog: Design. Love Fest and Blue Crab Martini
What is the role you are most proud of and why? Wife, because it is the foundation upon which everything was built. It needs to be rock solid.
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Stop and think.
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? Blogging. Yes, but not as much as I would like. My boys are still at home full time.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? Getting paid to write and jet set around the globe. A gal can dream can’t she?:)
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? Me, a bubble bath, and a nice glass of bubbly. Also, silence if possible.
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? Well, I’m not working at Wal-mart…..whew!! I really dodged a bullet on that one.
Who inspires you and why? My husband. He is so gentle, strong, and confident. A true individual that always stays true to himself.
What is your biggest challenge? Motherhood. I feel like it does not come as naturally as it should. My boys are a great joy to me. Perhaps we can learn from one another.
Feel free to share a short story or anecdote from your life that has helped shaped who you are: 16 and coming home from my part time job at the local pizzeria. Something felt wrong. I ran up the stairs and my mother is on the phone. She is holding her wrist and bleeding. She aimed to kill herself that night. She was unsuccessful. I was scared and alone. It made me strong and fearless. The point of this story is not one of sadness and suffering. It is of triumph, joy, and about never giving up. Struggle, overcome, and never stop.
Spotlight On: Stephanie David
Website or Blog: http://popnod.com
Where do you live? Vienna, VA
What is your favorite food/color/movie/tv show/blog?
Favorite Food: Sushi, any kind of Peanut Butter/Chocolate dessert (the combo makes me weak in the knees!)
Favorite Color: Aqua blue
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: It’s a tie – Big Bang Theory (for the geek in me) and The Voice (for reasons beyond Adam Levine!)
Blog: This is tricky! I would say that I’ve been following Cupcakes and Cashmere the longest.
If you could go back in time, what would be the best advice you could give yourself as a child/teen? Stay true to yourself and don’t hold back by doing what other people expect of you. When I was younger, I didn’t say things that I needed to say or do things that I truly wanted to do. I was afraid of what people thought of me. Now, I’ve learned to take risks and try to live life with no regrets. Life is an adventure!
What is your passion? Are you able to spend time right now pursing that passion? My passion is what I’m doing now! I am able to combine my passion for helping to change the world, with my love for creativity and style into the job of my dreams – starting PopNod. I wake up every morning knowing that what I do will help empower people to make a difference in the world.
What do you envision for yourself in five years? Starting a family. Continuing to do what I love doing. Never stop traveling to new places.
If you had 30 minutes every day to yourself, how would you spend your time? I would meditate. Or make handwritten notes to those I haven’t seen or talked to in a long time.
How do you measure success, personally and/or professionally? Happiness. As long as I am happy, I’ve truly made it in life.
Who inspires you and why? My father. He has gone through a lot of physical hardships over the last decade, but he has powered through them. Despite these obstacles, he has always exhibited such strength – physically, mentally, and emotionally. He always has a big heart and is the most selfless person I know. For that, he is my hero.
What is your biggest challenge? Letting go of things that I can’t control.
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