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Angela, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has lived in sunny Southern California since she was 4 years old. Besides studying English in college, Angela has ghostwritten several projects over the last five years. She is now the mother of two wonderful (don’t we all think our kids are totally wonderful?) kids, ages 15 and 2.
Even though life seems a bit hectic at times she still has the need to find the time to visit her family back in Cincinnati regularly because of her family-oriented nature. On the other hand, with two kids and practically being a single mother, she has difficulty finding time for her hobbies: reading, reading, and more reading. (She is probably “allowed” about 20 minutes a few nights a week right before bedtime.)
While her kids are a handful (aren’t all kids?), Angela finds that they inspire her to be a better person, and teach her things along the way. Throughout her journey she looks forward to sharing her stories with you and hopes to help you through the guilt here at WMAG.
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Sara Bennett Wealer
Sara is an author, copywriter and live event producer who blogs when she’s not working on a new novel or spending time with her two children. Sara started her career as a newspaper reporter, covering everything from city council to arts and entertainment. She went on to design theme parks and work on the websites of major consumer brands before taking her current position as a scriptwriter and producer for an experiential marketing firm.
Sara’s first novel for young adults, RIVAL, was released in February 2011 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. Sara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
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Jennifer lives in the amazing state of Montana where she currently works for the Department of Child and Family Services. Although the safety and well-being of others is a high priority for her, she is working on finding balance as a working mother.
Jennifer has two young children and a great husband who is supportive and likes to do the dishes. Jennifer enjoys the summer months in Montana with her family by attending the local farmer’s market and any local downtown event. A goal for her each year is to get out in the community more and to spend more time in nature. This goal is rarely met but hey, nobody’s perfect.
Jennifer has worked in many different organizations over the years including Family Planning and Head Start. She has found that young children and their families are a passion of hers and she tries to make her work at DPHHS meaningful. Jennifer serves on the County Health Center board and is an active member of the Best Beginning Council in her area.
Being creative is one of the few outlets that Jennifer has at the moment and she enjoys giving away her jewelry pieces to close friends. During the dark and cold winter months in Montana, Jennifer can be found crocheting brightly colored hats for children and friends. Pinterest and SongPop are addictions that Jennifer cannot deny.
Jennifer stumbled across Working Moms Against Guilt after the birth of her second child and found the website to ease the stress of parenting. She is very honored to be included with such an inspirational group of women.
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Joni is a 40-something-year-old mother of two very energetic boys, 5 and 2.5, and has been married for 8 years to the man of her dreams. She and her husband share a devotion to a balanced, healthy family life, career and marriage and maintaining a loving, fun environment for their boys.
Joni started her journey in small, rural town in central Pennsylvania, the youngest of four children. Growing up in a poor family and community influenced her to dream of becoming a successful business manager. After putting herself through college, she hit the job market as the dotcom and IT boom hit. She landed a job as an software analyst and went with it! Ten years later she moved to the DC Metro area to pursue a career opportunity and met her future husband 5 months later.
For work, she is a Business Analyst for a dog-friendly software company that supports Federal Government customers, which sounds very boring but there is truly never a dull moment when dealing with programmers, the federal government and poodles and Chihuahuas!
For fun, she enjoys exercise (mostly running but is doing her first triathlon sprint this year), the outdoors, and gardening and is a self-proclaimed “armchair” psychologist. She believes in balance in all things, especially work/life, and strives to live a healthy, Earth-friendly life. Her sense of humor, balance and “let’s keep it real” approach to life has kept her (mostly) sane throughout her life and especially the toddler years.
Joni became interested in WMAG during her transition to parenthood and working mom status. She hopes to be able to support new and seasoned moms by sharing her stories, having a laugh or two along the way and hopefully learning a bit herself!
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Angela went to Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy. After briefly working in politics, she decided to attend law school. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2005.
She worked as an Assistant Prosecutor for almost five years until 2010, when she made the switch to the private sector and began working at a Detroit area law firm. She loves being a lawyer, mainly because she gets paid to write, argue and find evidence to support the fact that she is right.
Angela lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan with her husband and two daughters, who were born in 2008 and 2010. She spends her nights and weekends trying to keep her house clean, the laundry done, and cram in as many meaningful experiences as possible with her family. She is moderately obsessed with books and British TV shows.
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Tela is a working mom with a son, O, who was born in July 2006.
Becky has been a single mother of four since 1998. Her children, ranging from 13 to 25 years old, have been her focus while meeting all the challenges that come with being a working mom. She is currently an IT Manager Consultant for Sogeti.
While raising her children and working full-time, Becky completed her college education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management and two master’s degrees – one in Project Management and the other in Business Administration. She began writing as a guest blogger for WMAG back in 2009, and joined as a regular contributor in 2011.
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Kathy has earned wages as a working cowboy, writer, reporter, housekeeper and media consultant. However, her most challenging (and rewarding) calling, earns her no salary. Her roles as mother, wife, amateur veterinarian, novice fence mender, and enthusiastic chainsaw operator fill her heart, time and life. She currently works full time as a home health and hospice marketer. Previous professional careers include member services liaison for Oklahoma’s rural electric cooperatives and television news reporter in Sin City (Las Vegas).
Holsonbake married her high school sweetheart after the pair was reunited 14 years after they first fell in love. They live on a small acreage in Slaughterville, OK, with their 19-year-old daughter, Kelsey; 8-year-old son, Levi; an ancient horse (Samson is 35), 25 chickens, 4 cats, one 3-legged dog named Xena, a leopard gecko, numerous fish and a host of wildlife that drops by regularly.
Sara is a single, working mama with a degree in Communications from Indiana University strapped to her hip. She is still searching for a career that allows her to harness her creative prowess, while supporting her family. Until then, she spends her days crunching numbers for Ashland Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, and using her house, kid, fiance and friends as guinea pigs for her pent up creativity, crafty projects and mostly edible recipes. Sara is enamored with her incredibly active, impulsive, creative, hilarious, smarty-farty, 1st grade son, “B”. When she’s not at Target, Container Store or on Pinterest, she can be found riding scooters in the cul-de-sac, watching cartoons in the basement fort or looking for ways to make life just a smidge easier.
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Cara was part of the original WMAG crew. Cara contributed to the blog until stepping down in 2009 to pursue her work as a freelance copywriter and to manage a household of hooligans. She likes spending time on creative projects and hobbies.
Although she’s no Martha Stewart, she does consider herself somewhat crafty. Check out her website, Cara Reeves Creative.
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Lauren sometimes admits that she is a lawyer, but she mostly likes to talk about being a wife to her college sweetheart and a mother to two amazing little boys, born in 2009 and 2012. She has often considered leaving the oh-so-glamorous legal life for the Washington Ballet for all of the times the men in her life keep her on her toes.
She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University (Ohio) and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she is happy to be back in her home state, living in a suburb of Washington, DC.
Though her actual career provides her with plenty of opportunities to write, she is thrilled to have the chance to share her musings on motherhood with WMAG readers. She is a (really big) closet geek who loves to research, so she encourages readers to reach out to her with topic ideas.
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Reine is a copywriter, mommy, wife and self-proclaimed “geek.” When she’s not working and spending time with her family, she enjoys blogging, working on her books and studying film. Reine started her career as a writer while in college when she became an entertainment contributor for a humor blog. She went on to work as a copywriter and content strategist for several well-known companies before becoming a senior copywriter with the internal creative studio of an international hotel group. She has two children, both under the age of 4.
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Casey is a copywriter/COO in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She is married to Jason and they have a four year old son, two year old boy/girl twins, a cat, a dog, and six chickens.
She works with her father and husband in their family business which makes her relationships with them complicated–in a good way.
Her goal is to live guilt free for 24 hours and to help others feel good about being good enough through humor and honesty.
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Sydney works as a development engineer in the middle of southern nowhere. She lives and works with her best friend of six years–-an amazing man who is helping her raise their 2-year-old daughter and pursue their careers. She is expecting her second child in September.
Stephanie lives in the sunny south, in an area of Florida most consider one of the happiest places on earth. She splits her time between a gig in higher education, lots of crazy hobbies, and her family: husband Mr. Handsome, their new daughter Peachy, and a rescue pug named Meatball.
Stephanie is an avid music fanatic and contributing blogger at the music blog Blinded by Sound. She’s also constantly crafting, usually drinking wine, and forever challenging the boundaries of the statement necklace.
New to the working mom world, and…well…the mom world in general, Stephanie is still fighting the guilt monster almost daily. She tries really hard to not carry working mom guilt, but when she does she carries it in a pretty fabulous handbag.
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Susan Wenner Jackson
Susan Wenner Jackson started Working Moms Against Guilt in 2006 with three of her working-mom friends in Cincinnati. She’s been a writer as long as she can remember (1980?), and a blogger and mom since 2006. She lives in West Chester, Ohio (a northern suburb of Cincinnati), with her husband, Jerry, and two children (ages 7 and almost 4).
Susan earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Miami University. She’s VP of Content Partnerships for Pingage, a Cincinnati-based startup that’s helping the world’s top brands win on Pinterest. Susan contributes to the Family Friendly Cincinnati blog.
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