Monday, July 26, 2010
When asked about my guilty pleasures, I have to admit that I am a reality tv addict. Survivor, Real Housewives and too many others to mention. I heard it on the grapevine that a television production crew will be on-site at BlogHer looking for moms to feature in a new reality series. I have to admit that I enjoy being in front of the camera, think I've had a fascinating life (if I may say so myself, LOL) and feel I have a lot to offer.
Of course, I missed the little tidbit about the casting video and blog post deadline being today. I've been focused on my fundraising for the Nike Women's Half-Marathon all day, this weekend I spent with my family and literally just heard about the deadline ten minutes ago.
In my video I tried to tell my story in a minute - whew! I'm long-winded ya'll so I am talking a mile a minute but I think I was successful. In a nutshell, I waited until I was advanced maternal age to get married AND have a baby but as a result of waiting I've had a wonderful career in the field of HIV/AIDS - both domestically and abroad. I spent over two years in South Africa working for a consulting firm on this issue and here in the States I worked to empower women with HIV/AIDS, advocated for funding on the city, state and federal level for New York and most recently was the State AIDS Director for Georgia.
Becoming a mother changed my life dramatically, I chose to focus on raising my son, leaving my career but still ensuring that my work influenced the lives of others. I was an early childhood literacy consultant which gave me a very flexible schedule and I started a diaper cake business to focus on my creative side. My blog started as a way to promote my business but soon became my creative outlet.
Two years later I am blogging, speaking and loving all things social media. For the past six months or so I've shared my journey of losing close to 50 pounds here. It keeps me honest and I hope it inspires others to live a healthy life too.
And that, is my story. I am a multi-faceted woman, a mother, and a friend on the journey to healthy living. I think sharing my story on a reality series would be interesting and fun!