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After a longer-than-I-care-to-admit hiatus from the Working Mom Spotlight, we’re back on track with one of the most popular features on Hip As I Wanna Be – the WORKING MOM SPOTLIGHT! Today’s mother is a fantastic example and a true inspiration. Enjoy! Evgeniya (Jen) Usmanova is a mother of two and a co-founder of CareLuLu, a free online resource that helps parents find child care specific to their needs. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters from Georgetown University. After struggling to find the right daycare for her daughters, Jen and her spouse Patrick decided…

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” -Lucille Ball I love (not really) hearing people discount other’s accomplishments as LUCK. As if their hard work and talent didn’t have anything at all to do with it. While yes, success is sometimes being at the right place at the right time, fortuitous circumstances are not just happenstance. Most of the “overnight success” stories people admire are anything but “overnight.” It takes years of…

I’m a big believer in enjoying my professional life. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t find joy in the every day. Don’t you agree? This picture was taken at the Mud Dog Run where my magazine was on hand dolling out goodies to runners. They were exhausted and muddy, but boy were those finishers happy! Picture courtesy of Natural Artistry. Big thanks to my pal Sue for hanging in there all day!

Women and ambition in the workforce has become a hot topic these days thanks (in part) to Sheryl Sandberg, C.O.O. of Facebook, and her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Although I’ve not yet read her book, I’ve always been a fan of her professional prowess. Of course, the discussions dominating the blogosphere and news outlets as a result of her offering are not unfamiliar to me personally. I know first hand how difficult it is for women to navigate the terrain of work, career success, and family responsibilities. I live it, baby. (And I’ve…

I realize that in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been the worst blogger in the world. I’m here… I’m not here… I’m here again. Sorry about that. Life happens, right? Work has me hopping these days. Of course, it hasn’t been ALL work.  This weekend did have a bit of fun weaved into it for the AAF-GF ADDY Awards. You may recall that this project was something I worked on last year. (This year’s involvement was on a much smaller scale. I even got a chance to relax and enjoy myself that evening. Shocking.) The theme was that of a circus,…

Since I began my blogging career, I’ve tried to steer clear of political discussions on my blog. I have opinions, of course, and care very deeply about many issues but I don’t address them here. Now, don’t take my lack of blogging material as an indication of my passion on political issues, it is merely due to the fact that I prefer to keep my opinions to myself most of the time. (You’re welcome.) All that being said, I was genuinely excited (and surprised) to receive an invitation recently from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, for a meeting with mom and…

Sharon Riser is Director and Co-Owner of The Temple a Paul Mitchell Partner School located in Frederick, MD. With over 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, Sharon also serves as a school consultant for Paul Mitchell Advance Education and actively contributes to  focus groups, newsletters , etc.  in the Paul Mitchell Network. Sharon is also actively involved in her local community working with her organization and students to make a difference volunteering with countless nonprofit causes from cancer research to helping with the homeless to the Boys & Girls Club and Children’s Miracle Network among many others. She is a…

My have the past two weeks been a whirlwind! I almost don’t know where to begin… Last week I was invited by Coca-Cola to be a guest for the “Conversations With Coca-Cola”  conference for social media moms in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was a true honor and an invaluable experience.   Katherine Stone, founder and editor of PostpartumProgress.com, lead our first day of events with session on building and engaging your social media platform. In it we learned about her personal evolution and eventual expansion into other online spaces. She talked of identifying your personal brand, claiming it and building upon it. (I…

  Don’t you just hate it when you are minding your own business on Facebook and someone posts a seemingly insignificant picture that just hits you to the core of your being? Or does that only happen to me? Regardless, my friend Beth Schillaci posted the above photo on her timeline declaring it her new mantra. Simplify. What a loaded word. What does that even mean, anyway? How does one begin the process? It is so hard to simplify life. Personally, I have a hard time giving up even the smallest responsibility, let alone adopting simplicity as a lifestyle. Case in point…