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48 DEPARTMENTS 8 Business Spotlight Own Your Evolution

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Hello again and thanks for picking up a Sass Magazine. I honestly can’t believe that we are starting our third year publishing Sass! Thank you to those of you who are readers, contributors, supporters and advertisers. For those of you who may be new to Sass, we are a women’s lifestyle and professional magazine, published and available in the western Maryland and surrounding regions. But, we’re so much more than that. We continue to be a resource for savvy and sassy women of all ages, who are more than their careers, more than their families, more than their friends… a resource that focuses on THEM! Because let’s be honest, we all work hard, we all love our families, our children, our friends, but more often than not, there is only a little crack of space left for US as individuals. Sass can help you fill that missing space. It's a magazine about YOU—real women, with real lives and real experiences—produced by real women who are excited to share your stories. Sass is for the women who equally like shopping and sports, traveling or staying in, cooking or eating out. They are passionate about their families and community and are professional, career-oriented individuals. Sass women enjoy the unexpected, not-your-typical-girly things. They eat organic. They volunteer. They have tattoos (hidden or in plain view). They ride motorcycles. They have multiple degrees. They start their own businesses. They’re moms. They're bloggers. They like adventure. They are always more than what meets the eye. They’re UNIQUE, unexpected, and, well, just plain SASSY! So, if you know someone who fits the Sass Woman criteria, or if that woman is YOU, then join us! Visit us at (the new and improved!) for extra articles featuring amazing women, or highlighting topics such as travel, business, fashion, health, and more. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for a chance to win some of our awesome prizes, or to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sass world. Sign up for our weekly eNewsetter to have our list of carefully curated and smart news delivered right to your inbox. Register for one of our quarterly Girls Night Out (GNO) events (bring a friend or come by yourself and meet some other amaze-balls women). And, most importantly, grab a copy of our latest issue, or, better yet, subscribe to get each issue of Sass delivered straight to your mailbox! Plus, don’t forget to visit our many advertisers and supporters who make Sass possible! Thank you so much for your support and readership these past two years. We’re excited to keep the momentum going and to introduce you to new things along the way!


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EVOLUTION Heather Michelle Tydings is on a mission to help women live their most authentic lives and own their past, present and future. As a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, she guides women through periods of reinvention and helps them seek a more soulful, mindful and impassioned life.




1. Give us a brief description of your business and what you do. I work as a Psychotherapist

6. What is the best part about what you do? Most challenging? It is a privilege to sit and hold space

and Certified Martha Beck Life Coach in my private practice, Own Your Evolution. I mainly work with teen girls and women doing individual therapy and life coaching. I also host “Playshops” and provide Employee Assistance Program counseling for Frederick County.

for beautiful and often struggling humans. I get a front row seat into their hearts and minds. It often feels like play as we sit and discuss the human condition and laugh at the stories our minds make up to keep us stuck. On the other hand, there are times it rips my heart out to hear the pain people have endured. On those days, I do a lot of self care and writing.

2. How did you decide on the business name? My goal was to have a practice chock-full of soulful, 9. What changes do you see happening in truth-seeking women who, despite their circumstances, were your business in the next few years? In the willing to own themselves and their transformation. To me, the name Own Your Evolution implies that you may have been, or are being, victimized, but you have choices and power.

3. What makes your business stand out? I came up with the term boutique psychotherapy for Own Your Evolution. From the minute they walk into my sacred office space, clients feel warm and cocooned. Clients comment frequently how good it feels to sit, read, have a cup of hot tea and a piece of chocolate in the reception area prior to entering the office. My thinking is out-of-the-box, so I incorporate that in my sessions. I collaborate and refer to energy workers, and use essential oils, Bach Flower Essences, movement and holistic options to treat the whole person. In addition, I carry a small line of bracelets created by a local artist that offer words of healing and affirmation. I’ve been working with another local business to create a specific blend of essential oils for stressed out, anxious clients who want support from plant medicine for their healing.

4. What is a typical day like for you? I am not a morning person (for me mornings are for drinking coffee, journaling, meditating, planning, pondering and exercising). I don’t usually get into my office until around noon. Upon arriving, I light candles, meditate and pray, and energetically clear my office space. I see clients afternoons and evenings. 5. How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? I received my MSW in 2001 and then went back in 2012 for training under Dr. Martha Beck to become a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach. I worked in private practice and then in hospitals; at a cancer center with end of life issues and at an emergency department doing psychiatric assessments. For twelve years, I’ve done crisis work and employee assistance program counseling. In 2012, I opened my own business with no business experience, but with a lot of grit, moxie, and determination.

next few months, I will be Reiki certified and in the next few years I will also be certified in Energy Psychology. Next year I’m co-hosting a women’s “Wildly Aligned” retreat in Bali with book author and Shaman, Sarah Bamford Seidelmann, MD. It’s going to be Eat, Pray, Love-ish; soulful and grounding with a side of wild. Also, writing a book (and more writing for Sass magazine!) is in my future. I just finished a Write Into Light workshop with Dr. Martha Beck and my writing juices are flowing.

10. Who are your customers? They are motivated, open-minded, truth-seeking women desiring a change (or are in the midst of a transition). They are women who are willing to take risks to let old ways of thinking go so they can live freer, bigger, bolder in their life.

11. What is the single most critical talent you possess in your role as a business owner/manager/director? Authenticity and honesty. I tell the truth and I am transparent. My relationship with my clients is a collaborative one. I don’t pretend to have all the answers for them; rather I help them tap into their internal wisdom so they develop trust in themselves. When they leave treatment, I want them to know how to go inside to find their truth and live from that place.

12. When you’re not running your business, what are you doing? Traveling. Biking. Running. Writing. Hiking. Watching my ten year old make videos I don’t understand. Eating a lot of dark chocolate.

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You’ve decided! You're returning to school to add a new credential to your resume and move your career forward. That’s great! However, you have lingering feelings like “Now what?” or “Where do I even begin?” THIS IS COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE. Considering the number of school options, not to mention the sacrifices you are about to make, it is overwhelming! Regardless of whether this is your first or an advanced degree, going back to school signals big changes.

Yet, if you are willing to do some homework up front, you will be in much better shape to find the best institutional fit for your needs. Consider the five tips below as part of your “Back to School” syllabus.

1. Consider the credentials you'll need for advancement. Before taking the plunge, please evaluate your current or desired industry. Do you need more than a bachelor’s degree to start down this path? Is a master’s degree enough, or will it eventually require a doctoral level degree? Some industries value advanced degrees, while others look for industry certifications. Going back to school is expensive; ensure there will be a return on your investment.



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2. Decide what course format works best for your learning style and lifestyle.

digging. If all else fails, contemplate private loans. Regardless of how you plan to fund your schooling, have a backup plan. Find a program that works for you. Classes nowadays are This is especially crucial if your first funding plan includes offered in-person, online, or in hybrid formats. Some programs paying out of pocket as you go. meet once a week, once a month, or less frequently to reduce 5. Always remember why you’re taking this step. travel time for students. Do you like online learning? How While the first four tips are more logistical, this tip is essential to long is the commute to campus? Is there a satellite campus? maintain your sanity. There are going to be days when you quesThese questions ensure you don’t dive into a program that tion your decision. Through annoying group work, late nights, constricts your ability to succeed. and vague assignments, you will test yourself. If you did step #1, you know exactly why you are doing this. Keep it in mind on 3. Build your support system. those darker days. Reward yourself along the way. Remember There will be times when you have to say “no” to invites. lifelong learning is a great quality to enjoy and a privilege. There will be times when you say “yes” and probably should have said “no” (because you really needed a break). Gather a crew who will understand the commitment you are making to your future, respect your decisions, and help you progress. You need these people for those frustrating and emotional moments that will indubitably come.

4. Create a funding plan AND a backup funding plan Grants, loans, scholarships, oh my! Funding is undoubtedly one of the biggest obstacles to furthering one’s education. If you are lucky, your employer has a tuition remission program. However, not everyone has that option. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Research scholarship and grant opportunities. Consider institutional payment plans. There are plenty of options out there; it just takes some


Congratulations on making the decision to return to school and good luck. You’ve got this!

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WOMAN TO WATCH Theresa Harrison is a force unto herself. As an individual who utilizes her knowledge, talent and experience to influence positive change, she is not a woman to simply watch, but rather, someone to emulate. As one of eleven children, Theresa was taught at an early age to help those around her. As an adult she continues to ask herself, “am I doing enough?” For Theresa the answer is always a resounding “no.” Her energy is endless and dedicated to growing her George Street Services, Inc. business, supporting the career growth of her employees, giving back to the community through area board and service foundations, caring for her family and friends, writing, and cheering on the Ravens. From an early age Theresa’s focus has always been on. “My day is successful if I have helped someone else in some way.”

A native of Baltimore, Theresa attended Western High School, the first public high school for girls. For Theresa, “Western provided an environment filled with girls excited about being exposed to a wider range of learning,” something fellow Western alumna and Spring 2016 Woman to Watch, Keyvette Hammond, might agree with. It was in high school when Theresa discovered her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This passion carried her through Frostburg State University and later to become an engineer. Theresa was the team lead for the launch of the first ever classified satellite, as well as team lead of the telemetry system, a subsystem providing functional interface between a spacecraft and ground control, equipping NASA with detailed data during the launch and loss of the Challenger. The desire to do more inspired Theresa to become a technology entrepreneur. “I really had no choice but to become an entrepreneur if I wanted to satisfy my life’s dreams; to be of service, to introduce others to STEMrelated careers and to own a company.” She has founded three highly successful technology start-ups, one of which landed at #7 on the Greater Washington Technology’s 50 fastest-growing companies before it was acquired in 2007. Currently Theresa is the founder and president of George Street Services, Inc., “an action-driven technology company providing practical software, cyber security, and IT solutions,” for its clients. Through George Street Services, Theresa was able to fuse her passion for STEM, her entrepreneurial and executive leadership skills and the driving need to help others reach their full potential. With a focus on employee growth and development, and the

tag line, “your story begins here,” Theresa has crafted a business culture that grants all George Street employees an opportunity to devise and follow their own career trajectories while assisting clients. Theresa won the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Award, Large Established Business, in 2016 and was the inspiring keynote speaker for the 2017 awards ceremony. Theresa’s thirty year career as a technology entrepreneur is undoubtedly stellar, yet a driving ambition to be of service to others continually propels her forward. “I give back to our community individually and with every organization I have the pleasure of joining. This is a personal requirement for me.” Giving back without reservation is Theresa’s greatest work. Through George Street Services and as a member of various community organizations she assists homeless school children, provides resources to the Frederick County Food Bank, awards scholarships to FCPS high school graduates, supports senior citizens and financially educates and advises community members. Theresa has her sights set on her next career goal and is currently building the George Street Foundation, a non-profit community service organization. Read on to learn more about Theresa’s experiences and how she came to be a woman to watch.

Q: What’s your story? I grew up in a family with thirteen people. Yes, my parents had eleven children, all single births. The older siblings helped with the younger siblings. As the middle child, and first girl, I was a part of the “older siblings”. We were groomed to reach out and help. Therefore, it’s natural for me to reach out and help others. My story is that my up-

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I want to pursue my next dream job, to lead a non-profit and witness our children’s growth in life.

Q: Describe your typical day.

Q: How/when did you become passionate about your life’s work?

Q: What do you think has helped you the most with your success?

My parents, grandparents, and family who all exhibit hard work and a desire to do their best in all they do. This training I became passionate about working in STEM as a little girl, before from them has afforded me the ability to organize, compartsuch a term existed. In the 60’s and 70’s, I became intrigued with mentalize and forecast. NASA’s Apollo and Shuttle programs. I wanted to be an astronaut. I was and still am mesmerized by space travel and math. Q: How do you reward yourself after a hard day’s/ It’s basic logic and makes so much sense to me. week’s work? I attended the first all girls public high school in the U.S., This is easy—I often reward myself in one of three ways. First, we Western High School in Baltimore. Since its founding in 1844, are a sports family, and we enjoy attending sporting events as a Western has been focused on academic excellence with a family: NFL, NBA, NCAA, high school. We are now also excited specific emphasis on advanced math, sciences and college about watching hockey! The energy, electricity and fast pace of oriented programs. hockey games are so much fun. We still have a lot to learn. At Frostburg State University, I extended my passion for Secondly, I have the best girlfriends. We laugh, travel, learning and the real root of my love for STEM. In college and serve our communities and support each other and have crazy throughout my career, I developed an uncontrollable urge to fun. We celebrate living. All our children are adults now giving solve problems and requirements that present an obstacle or us more flexibility and freedom. Dangerous! We are planning challenge of some kind. If there’s an obstacle, I’ve got to see a cross country road trip in 2018. Trust me. This will be an what’s behind it! adventure worth TV viewership. 16 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM


bringing created a natural state and desire to be of service to others. This has carried over into business. My George Street Services employees are my customers. I wanted a company that would allow me to craft a plan and culture where all employees are on an even playing field to grow their careers. I work to make sure each employee reaches their desired career goals. Each employee is given a blank canvas to create and write the bestseller of their career.

For my typical day, visualize the energizer bunny. The flow of my day is never the same. I can have a breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting with a potential client, employee, candidate, protégé, or friend. I drive over 120 miles a day. I will drop my granddaughter off at school. I will go to see my mother who is in a long term care facility. I will attend a community service related meeting of some type. It goes on and on but it’s all focused on giving. My day is successful if I have helped someone else in some way.

WOMAN TO WATCH Third, I write daily. It relaxes me. I have been working on a few books for a while. One or more will be published this year.

Q: What is one sassy saying or quote that inspires you? “Achieving the seemingly unachievable.”

Q: How do you give back to your community? Through George Street Services, Inc., we give to Frederick County schools, and through its Kids Codes program and food banks. We will continue to do these things while we are in the midst of formalizing our foundation. I am an active member of the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter (FCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We have given over $120,000 in scholarships to Frederick County high school graduates. We provide youth mentoring programs for young boys and girls, Delta Youth Days at Frederick County Government and Adopt-A-School program to name a few. As a member of the BB&T Advisory Board, I am able to share a lot of financial literacy information to those who may not otherwise be willing to seek it out themselves. BB&T is a strong advocate of community banking.

Q: What is your favorite question to ask others? How come you haven’t started your company?

Q: What’s next? I want to pursue my next dream job, to lead a non-profit and witness our children’s growth in life. I am actually giddy about the opportunity to focus full-time on community service through the George Street Foundation. It’s coming! George Street Services, Inc.

Chrissy Moore Chrissy is a middle school film teacher (yeah, it kicks ass) for Montgomery County Public Schools and copy editor of Sass. She lives at the end of the earth in quiet Southern Maryland with her wife and three cats. She has a knack for associating any and every moment in life with a random movie line, song lyric or possibly a dramatic dance sequence.

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By Alison Massey


Denise O’ Neill is a breast cancer survivor, avid runner, co-owner of TAB (The Alternative Board), an executive business coach and business board facilitator, a wife, mother of three and founder of the Survivors Offering Support (SOS) organization. O’Neill embraces life’s journey and serves as a positive role model by giving back to the community and creating and living a balanced life. A journey with breast cancer led this seasoned business executive to leave a corporate position and utilize her skills in a new way to create the SOS organization. O’Neill’s goal was to help other women navigate the challenges of breast cancer treatment and survivorship by creating an inspiring and empowering peer-to-peer network of support. SOS is an innovative program that hospitals can integrate into their standard of care for breast cancer patients. The volunteer program pairs a breast cancer survivor with a breast cancer patient to create a supportive mentoring relationship throughout the treatment process. “I’m inspired daily by the commitment of our breast cancer peer mentors to use their experience to make other’s lives better," O'Neill says. Since the first SOS group was founded in 2004 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, the program has grown and expand-

ed to not only Frederick Memorial Regional Health System, but to over fifteen hospitals in the tri-state area. The program even reaches as far as the breast center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Denise’s program has received national and local attention with awards like the Yoplait/Komen National Champion Award, Commendation from the Governor of Maryland and Daily Record Health Care Hero Award program of the year. O’Neill hopes SOS will continue to expand its reach and availability to any hospital breast cancer center wanting to integrate peer-to-peer support into their treatment programs. O’Neill shared with Sass magazine how her cancer diagnosis and connections with other women inspired her “Aha!” moment leading to the creation of SOS and a fulfilling life and career.

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I have no regrets! My journey has provided me with a very fulfilling life.

INSPIRE EMPOWER Q: What do you think was the most important Q: What was your "Aha!" moment in regards decision you made along the way during your to creating the SOS program? journey/experience? My "Aha!" moment occurred when I interacted with Carol Connecting with a stranger was one of the best decisions I made during my journey with breast cancer. My mother had recommended that I speak with an acquaintance in upstate New York who happened to also be a breast cancer survivor. That conversation with someone who was initially a stranger was life changing. She provided some of the most uplifting guidance and support that I received during my cancer journey.

Q: What surprised you? When I was going through my breast cancer treatment, I was surprised with the lack of support programs that really worked with my schedule as a working mother of three. There were support group programs that were offered during the evening, which didn’t work with my schedule and online resources— but nothing like SOS. It was that gap or lack of services that really inspired me to create the program.

Q: What was the hardest part of your journey/experience? As an avid runner and active young woman, losing the image of myself as a healthy person when I was diagnosed with breast cancer was the most difficult part.

Q: What advice would you give someone who was going through something similar? I learned through the cancer treatment process that surrendering a bit to the image I had of myself didn’t mean that I couldn’t still be empowered. I may have lost control of my health, by no fault of my own, but I could still take charge of my life in other positive ways. Defining what parts of your life are important to you and being purposeful of your decisions in these areas are key to establishing control and direction in your life.

Mastalerz, Director of Oncology Services at Frederick Memorial Hospital who was visiting the Anne Arundel breast cancer center. She pointed out the value of the program and made me realize this could be a program of value beyond a single institution. So, we expanded into an organization/program that could be of benefit in any hospital setting.

Q: You inspire us—who inspires you? My father, a retired basketball coach in Pennsylvania, has always served as an inspiration to me. He instilled taking a positive outlook on life events, the glass half-full perspective versus the glass half-empty perspective. Additionally, he taught me the importance of valuing people from all walks of life.

Q: What do you think gives you your Sass? My Sass comes from my confidence in a life well-lived. I feel that I’m truly living out my purpose in life—from my work developing and providing hospitals with the outstanding SOS program, to my executive business coaching services that impacts the livelihood of other small businesses/ entrepreneurs, to my role as a mother and wife—it all contributes to my Sass.

Q: What's next for you? Over the next five years, I see myself continuing to expand SOS to hospitals in the Mid Atlantic region who seek to provide breast cancer patients with assistance beyond traditional medical services. Hospital-trained peer mentors serve as role models, practical advice confidants, and provide emotional support that augment the care medical staff provide. SOS-led Survivorship Workshops help new survivors navigate life after treatment. We want to continue to assist survivors in realizing that life after breast cancer can be rich and full with deeper meaning and purpose!

Q: Looking back now, is there anything you'd do differently? I have no regrets! My journey has provided me with a very fulfilling life. I am able to balance my wonderful family life with my passions to serve the business community through TAB and the breast cancer population through SOS in the larger tri-state area.

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By Jennifer Neidenbach


June Cleaver, Carol Brady, Florida Evans, Peg Bundy, Harriet Winslow and Roseanne represent some of America’s favorite stay-at-home moms (SAHM). Some portray the SAHM who irons the towels and has dinner ready by five. One sits around all day, watching TV and eating bon-bons, and others offer a more realistic portrayal of the mom who eventually returns to work. Still, these television Moms hardly compare to the full time reality of today’s SAHM. The new SAHM shatters the stereotypical stigma of the past. She has made a choice to sacrifice her career in order to focus on her family, to care for the medical needs of her children, or possibly to build a career alongside her growing family—whatever the case, these ladies are living busy, fast paced, challenging, full-time lives.

According to the Pew Research Center, in 1967 a total of 49% of all mothers were considered stay-at-home. By 1999 these numbers had dramatically decreased to a low 23%, since then the numbers have been steadily rising. In 2015, The Center for American Progress reported that 30.6% of mothers were considered stay-at-home. The causes for this upward trend are varied. One reason may be daycare costs, which average about $14,000 a year. If you have two children under the age of three, the yearly cost doubles to a staggering $28,000. For many, this constitutes nearly an entire paycheck. Tia Dimopoulos, a mother of three who left the workforce when she was pregnant with her second child shared this same experience. “I would be working to mostly pay for daycare so it just made more sense for me to stay home,” she said. Although many moms are making the heroic, sacrificing decision to stay home, the transition from workforce to full time mom is not easy. Patricia Rowley, a PhD Environmental Toxicologist was working for the Environmental Protection Agency when she, her husband and their first child moved to Frederick. Patricia planned to move her duty station to D.C. but the long commute was troubling and just too far. The day after their move, Patricia, who was five month pregnant, went into early labor; sadly, her son Oscar was stillborn—a devastating loss for their family. Soon after, Patricia found herself pregnant again and decided to work part time from home. “It was the best of both worlds. I got plenty of QT with my first born along with the intellectual stimulation my job provided. I loved that I had a big role in my child's care as well as protecting the environment and human health,” she says. “BUT with another baby on the way, especially after the loss of Oscar, I felt the need to shift my focus to parenting. I had to put the kids first. My career just wasn't as important to me. So right before I had Shai, I quit my job.”

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Patricia Saulè Smariga, co-owner of Silk and Burlap, a beloved boutique in downtown Frederick that recently closed, has left the workforce twice since becoming a mother. “I retired from a dream job at Nordstrom when my oldest was six months old back in 2003. I went back to work in 2009 when I started my own business, my youngest was one year old at the time. I recently closed the business so that I could focus my attention on my family and my daughter’s new health challenges.” Saulè admits to missing the opportunity for her children to see her as something other than a mom. While Silk and Burlap’s doors were open she was able “to teach them in different ways, by exposing them to my business and providing an environment in which I was able to set an example for them that was very tangible; and in recent years was able to give them the opportunity to experience being an entrepreneur working alongside me on occasion.” Cara Via has only been a stay at home mom for a little over a year; her two boys were seven and eight when she left the workforce. She is the author of Halloween Holly: Santa’s Secret Helper, a children’s book aimed to help parents limit their children’s candy intake during the holiday season. Halloween Holly is an elf who collects leftover Halloween candy for the elves in the North Pole to energize them as they build Christmas presents. Cara has created a fun way to teach kids about charitable giving and indulging in moderation; parents in turn can donate that candy to organizations like Operation Gratitude where it is shipped to armed forces stationed around the world. “Last year, Halloween Holly was honored with a Community Leadership Award through the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition,” shared Cara. “In turn, with the support of my husband, I made the brave decision to part 28 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM

ways with my ten-plus year career in corporate America to pursue my passion to help other families have a healthier Halloween. Now, I can proudly call myself a Mompreneur.” Although she always imagined herself a SAHM after she had children, Tia struggled through the transition. “I had been in the workforce since I was a teenager and was always an independent person. It was a huge adjustment not going to the office everyday. There were many days I searched for a job. I would say it took me a few years to fully adjust to staying home.” Like many women today Tia had her children later in life after adjusting to an independent adulthood, “I had been on my own for a long time, paying my own way. It was hard to give up my financial independence.” Patricia defined being a SAHM as a complex role with many multifaceted responsibilities. “It's not just about taking care of your child(ren). There's so much more to it and the task can be daunting at times. It's about making sure they are learning and growing and socializing. It's about maintaining your sense of self which can manifest in many many ways.” Being a SAHM is more than shuffling kids around and keeping the house clean. It is really about keeping everyone healthy and centered to make for a happier, more balanced family. The role comes with many challenges too. For Patricia, that meant focusing some of her energy on herself. “I gave up a lot of my own wants/needs in order to be able to maintain theirs, and I started feeling resentful. It took a few years but



FEATURE “It's not just about taking care of your child(ren). There's so much more to it and the task can be daunting at times. It's about making sure they are learning and growing and socializing. It's about maintaining your sense of self which can manifest in many many ways.” I finally figured out that I could still enjoy my life and my kids. And that by maintaining a healthy mind/body, I am actually a better mom.” Mompreneur Cara Via admits that her family still struggles, “not understanding that I'm actually working even though I'm physically in the house.” As the owner of a start-up company, being a SAHM has helped Cara learn to prioritize, “Making the switch to a Mompreneur has taught me how to balance running my business with running my family life. Please don't get me wrong, this balance didn't happen overnight and it takes practice everyday.” Cara has the ability to be more flexible with her work hours, which allows her to spend more quality time with her family. “I may not feel like I have it ‘all together’ everyday but we are together everyday and that's my #1 priority!” Saulè feels being a SAHM allows her to devote all her attention to the growth, development and well being of her children, “I am very fortunate that I have the flexibility to do this— I know it is not a reality for many families.” In 2016, after her youngest child was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, it became clear to Saulè that she needed to adjust her focus, “Juggling the growing needs of my older children as they quickly approach adulthood with the healthcare needs of my youngest brought me to the realization that I needed to let something go,” she said. Making the decision with her business partner to close Silk and Burlap also allowed Saulè the opportunity to assist in the medical care of her youngest child, “I knew I needed a shift in my priorities in order to educate myself

on new treatments and technologies available to my daughter in addition to spending more time working with her endocrinology team to ensure the healthiest outcome for her that we can achieve.” “I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom,” says Tia. “My own mom was a stay at home mom at different times during my childhood and it was always nice to have her there when I got home from school.” When it was discovered that her youngest child had developmental delays, Tia’s role as a SAHM shifted. “She has a lot of medical bills with therapy appointments, plus she has to get an ultrasound every three months and blood work every six weeks to rule out tumors so our medical/daycare bills are a lot. She has a condition called Hemihyperplasia.” To offset some of these medical costs, Tia became an Independent Fashion Consultant with LulaRoe and is now busier than ever. Sometimes her husband, three children and her own mom can be found assisting Tia at pop up shops in the area. It's a family affair. Being a SAHM allows these women more time to volunteer at their children’s schools. “Because my eight year old has severe food allergies, I make it a point to become room mom and get involved in classroom activities/parties. I am also very involved in the PTA, lead the school's main fundraiser, and I champion health and wellness initiatives,” says Patricia. She is one of the many moms who spends time assisting the teacher and enriching the school community— it’s a win/win!

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Cara Yet, moms still need me time. Saulè admits to craving something creative for herself. Patricia carves out adult time at the gym and manages a local Gluten Free Families support group and book club. Time with friends always gave Tia a reboot, “There were many days I felt drained and defeated but I would make myself go out with some girlfriends and it was the best therapy! Just being around friends laughing and conversing was always a great way to recharge my batteries!” If your family is considering this move, Cara advises you “have a realistic plan, keep a positive attitude, and at least once a week make time for yourself.” Patricia shares that there is “no one prescription for how to be a good stay at home mom and what works for one person may not work for the next. So stay connected with other moms.” And some

days, says Tia, “you aren’t going to get a shower, laundry isn’t going to get folded, the house is going to be dirty, dinner isn’t going to be fancy.” Saulè urges others to, “Embrace the time you have at home with your children. As challenging as parenting can be, motherhood is the best job you will ever have.” To be a new SAHM is fast becoming a career choice in itself. Tia admits,“It is by far the hardest job I have ever done! If you think it is going to be easy, think again!” Instead of exhausting yourself at the office, your time is instead served at home and you’re paid, simply, in love and gratitude, “being fully available for the kids when they need help and guidance are the kinds of benefits that make staying at home a blessing,” says Saulè. Whether you are a SAHM or a working mom be kind to yourself, “being a Mompreneur has been difficult”, says Cara, “but as long as you stay positive and believe in yourself it IS possible!” It’s a hard job, one that is gloriously full of love and beyond exhausting, “be flexible and know that it's a learning process,” advises Patricia.

Resources Cavanaugh, Kerry. "Group: Child-care Costs Reach Crisis Point in Maryland." WBAL. WBAL, 21 July 2017. Web.

Jennifer Neidenbach Jennifer "Jen, Jenny, J-Dawg, etc." Neidenbach is an educator, mother, and wife from the Eastern Shore and a transplant to Anne Arundel County.  When she is not working in the wonderful world of assessments, she enjoys spending tIme with family, long baths, and crushing candy.  Follow on Twitter @BeltwayStalker.


Cohn, D’Vera, and Andrea Caumont. "7 Key Findings about Stay-at-home Moms." Pew Research Center. N.p., 08 Apr. 2014. Web. Cohn, D’Vera, Gretchen Livingston, and Wendy Wang. "After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers." Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project. N.p., 08 Apr. 2014. Web. Glynn, Sarah Jane. "Breadwinning Mothers Are Increasingly the U.S. Norm." Center for American Progress. N.p., 19 Dec. 2016. Web.



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By Amanda Lee Magoffin


Community is something women are great at creating, fostering, and utilizing to their advantage. And while businesses run by men are looking to grow at the bargaining table, women are growing their companies through community connections and commitments.

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Meet Gina Korrell –

24/7 Dance Studio (

Can you share a little about your business and the story behind it? I founded 24/7 Dance Studio in 2002 with the goal of providing an exciting, revolutionary performing arts studio. A place where students would leave at the end of the day feeling the satisfaction of hard work, improved health and a sense of pride in themselves, as well as a greater appreciation for the arts. I believe that every child is “Destined for Greatness” and we are honored to play any role in its journey. We are committed to providing a diverse technical and artistic education that encourages excellence and builds confidence in our students.

business. I have always felt valued as an equal in the community. Frederick has such a rich arts community and I feel we all have a special bond. I have an incredibly strong staff dedicated to the arts and bringing quality programming to Frederick.

Quirky Facts: • Ideal Vacation: Traveling to new places with friends • Favorite Food: I love all food • Item of Clothing You Can’t Live Without: Workout attire • Guilty Pleasure: Craft Beers & Raven’s Football

If you could share one thing with other women thinking about starting their own business, what would that be? Find what you love to do, do your research, set goals, work hard and achieve your dreams. Also…enjoy everyday.

Meet Kelly Gellasch –

CARE Veterinary Center (

Can you share a little about your business and the story behind it? CARE Veterinary Center is a specialty and

pens. Children start to blossom, gain confidence, become more self-assured and are generally healthier and happier.

emergency veterinary clinic. We have your back, we don’t panic, we communicate directly and honestly, and we take initiative to provide solutions. We provide care in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, and have a 24/7 ER. We are set up to take on the most challenging of cases.

How do you balance your personal aspirations with your professional career? My personal life and my busi-

How do you balance your personal aspirations with your professional career? there a balance? I am

ness life are intertwined. My entire family is involved in the business. My husband is my biggest supporter. He builds my sets and does all the maintenance of the studio. My two sons teach for me and help run the technical end. My daughter is an artist and does the artistic end and helps with costumes and such, and my mother does the accounting. We basically schedule our lives around the studio calendar.

an avid runner and spend time outside of work being an awesome mom to a two and a half-year-old. I love to play with my four "labradorables" and two cats and, oh yeah, my husband sometimes too. Being a veterinary surgeon is my passion as well, so it doesn’t seem like work.

Where do you see yourself in five years both professionally and personally? In five years I plan to still

over the next five years from a career standpoint. I want to continue to grow CARE and find more specialists to bring to the area. I would love to find more time to run marathons!

What happens fundamentally when a child gets involved in Performing Arts? There’s a change that hap-

be directing, teaching and producing at the studio. I also will continue to find new ways to bring additional performing arts opportunities to the Frederick community. 24/7 Dance Studio awarded over $11,000 in scholarships in the 2016/2017 school year, a sensational benefit open to students of all ages and ability that I hope to continue as well.

What have been some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome while growing your business?? I honestly have not experienced any difficulties as a woman running a


Where do you see yourself in five years both professionally and personally? I don’t see much changing

What have been some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome while growing your business? The clichés are all true. Women are not taken seriously and when you stand up for yourself you are being "mean." Learning to have the correct words and focusing on body language have been helpful to overcoming some of those challenges.


Our community is home to many amazing women-owned businesses. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse into the lives of four women running their companies and their passionate drive to grow. They shared with us how fostering a community within their company culture and establishing a relationship with the Frederick community at large, played a key role in the overall success of their companies.




Quirky Facts: • I deal Vacation: Lots of activities with family (dogs included!) • Favorite Food: Pizza • Item of Clothing You Can’t Live Without: Running Shoes • Guilty Pleasure: Dark Chocolate

If you could share one thing with other women thinking about starting their own business, what would that be? Be tenacious and open-minded. You only

Where do you see yourself in five years both professionally and personally? I would like to see CARE continue to grow and serve the needs of the community. In five years when my oldest will be graduating from high school, which will change my family dynamic, I would like to have more time to join community activities and do charity-related work.

What have been some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome while growing your business? Women are of-

live once so find what you love and go for it!

ten not taken as seriously as men and because of this women sometimes receive negative labels when they show a purpose or passion.

Meet Stephanie Phillips –

Quirky Facts:

CARE Veterinary Center (

How do you balance your personal aspirations with your professional career? It can be challenging but I use the following as guidelines: 1. Mentally – Learning to prioritize, to say no, and to be able to turn off work and focus on my family 2. Physically – When we opened CARE my husband was a stay at home dad, which gave me lots of flexibility with time. He continues to share the home duties and is a great support system 3.Collaboration – I have wonderful partners in the practice and we help carry the load together 4. History – I grew up in a family business. I knew the commitment level it takes to own a business.

• Ideal Vacation: I want to go everywhere and will go anywhere! • Favorite Food: Pizza or Chips &’s a toss up • Item of Clothing You Can’t Live Without: Sunglasses • Guilty Pleasure: Beer

If you could share one thing with other women thinking about starting their own business, what would that be? Do your homework, gather great advisors and trust yourself. Don’t put yourself in a box—yes you are a women-owned or run business—but that does not mean you are a second-tier business!

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I never compartmentalized my work life and home life. I merged them together. ANNE LIPMAN ALTEK INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.

ALTEK Information Technology, Inc. (

Can you share a little about your business and the story behind it? ALTEK is a certified woman-owned, small business founded in 2004 that supports both government and commercial clients in a wide range of industries. Our capabilities include full life-cycle application development, project management, analysis, architecting, operations, and infrastructure support. ALTEK’s goal is to provide the highest quality of IT staffing, consulting and project management services at the best value to our clients.

How do you balance your personal aspirations with your professional career? I raised three children who are now in their 20’s. I never compartmentalized my work life and home life. I merged them together. One of my funniest stories is driving with my three young girls in the car. I was on the phone with a contract negotiation that was very challenging. I finally was able to close the negotiation with a happy client and a contract ALTEK could provide services under. When I hung up the phone the girls were applauding me for my skills! I had forgotten they were all listening and watching.

Where do you see yourself in five years both professionally and personally? Growth is what we are expecting and planning for over the next five years. The Information Technology market is always changing and we must change and adapt with it. I like building things and our focus is building our Health Information Technology sector while expanding into other markets.

What have been some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome while growing your business? As a woman in business, I believe the most common issue is a tendency for 36 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM

others to underestimate your capabilities. I find that they ask me to do things or accept certain situations or terms that have me saying to myself, “Now, would they have just said or done that, if I was a man?” Also look around a golf club house and what do you see? A lot of men that enjoy other men’s company. Women are juggling so much that we tend not to make time to be with other woman in business. Anyway, my golf clubs are in purgatory… but that’s another story.

Quirky Facts: • Ideal Vacation: White sand & turquoise water • Favorite Food: Champagne • Item of Clothing You Can’t Live Without: Jewelry • Guilty Pleasure: Very Fast Cars

If you could share some advice with other women thinking about starting their own business, what would that be? Ask yourself, “If I don’t take a chance and start my own company will I look back and regret not trying?” 1. Don’t take yourself too seriously. 2. Laugh a lot. 3. Have fun. 4. Just when you think you’ve seen it all....something will happen that will boggle your mind!


Meet Anne Lipman –

Amanda Magoffin Adrenaline Junky. Foodie. Blogger. Quirky Fact: Broken a bone on every limb Can’t Live Without: Tacos #1 Ambition: To Be A Published Author Favorite Quote: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell


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FOUND Let's be real, shopping really is the ultimate scavenger hunt. Maybe you’re the type to venture into a store with the hopes of adding the perfect piece to your collection. You have it pictured in your mind and you're on the hunt until you can find that perfect item. You search from store to store looking for that perfect shade of red, that "justright" accessory, or the shoes with an exact three inch heel. Or maybe you're a shopper like me. I don't like to go in with any idea of what I'm looking for. I like to let the clothes jump out and talk to me. As an avid shopper, I'm always looking for a piece that is unlike the others already hanging in my closet. The perfect piece for me is something that will inspire a whole outfit.


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mix metallic tones. The tones of silver and gunmetal give an unexpected twist to any outfit!

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Regardless of how you shop it's all about the thrill of the hunt! We are all chasing that Ijust-found-the-perfect-piece-to-add-to-mycollection high. I can only imagine that would be how it is to search through a junkyard for the perfect car part. You know that saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Well, the junkyard is definitely where that phrase was coined! Special Thanks to Best Auto Parts for photo shoot location and Divine Live modeling agency (


I can honestly say that cars and car parts are not something that generally inspire me, but when I started thinking about the amazing color schemes that rusty car parts have to offer, I immediately changed my tune. Of course, there is the shiny chrome and silver metallic of a bright new car, but some amazing things also happen when cars start to rust. Tones from gold, to red, to even blue can pop out creating gorgeous artwork made of “junk.” These stunning tones translate perfectly to one of a kind accessories that will pop any outfit. Like I said before, it’s all about the thrill of the hunt, no matter if that hunt is in the mall or a junkyard. Whether it's finding a unique handbag or a piece of junk that's been thrown aside, you never know where that inspiration will hit you. In fashion, as in life, it’s always important to keep an open mind. Don't be afraid to look at unexpected pieces and places for inspiration.

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Chelsea: Turquoise is the perfect POP tone to get you through the fall months. Look for fun metallic features like studs to stand out even more.

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By Tammy Brandenburg

Break out your sweaters and boots, Autumn is quickly approaching! With all the beautiful colors of Fall, it’s no surprise that you may be craving a colorful seasonal hair style too. If you’re looking for a soft whisper or a loud scream, there’s a hair color trend with your name on it. Here are just a few that you can try! Don't be scared to mix and match to find the perfect change for your new fall look. The leaves on the trees are changing their colors, so why shouldn't you?

1. F ace-Framing Balayage

 his works best with all hair colors, especially if you aren't T quite ready to let go of the summer. The soft and subtleness of this style maintains the brightness around the face, allowing you to tone down or add soft fall colors into the mix.

2. Tiger Eye

 little twist on the typical brown for fall. This trend gives you a A nice rich brown base while introducing amazing copper tones and a hint of soft golden blondes to top it off. This trend will give you that amazing fall feeling we all love.

3. Jewel Tones and Metallic Manes

 his is the trend that can really whisper or shout, and is easily T mixed and matched. From the softest rose quartz to the deepest blue sapphire and everything in between; this color trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Most of these colors can be as temporary or as permanent as you like, from simple color conditioners to professional permanent hair colors. Have fun; be bold!

4. Melting Colors or Hidden Highlights

 eeping it subtle is key to low maintenance. If you’re looking K to give your hair a break from the summer highlights or maybe you’re just ready to add a pop of color for a change of pace this is the perfect trend for that peekaboo color!

5. Natural Tones

 o back to the basics. From the soft nude blonde to the G richest chestnut brown. This color trend is bound to give you the sparkle and shine of a natural healthy finish!  gain, whether you are looking to try something new or just A need a break from the ordinary, the Fall 2017 hair color trends have you covered! Remember to visit you favorite stylist to discuss all these wonderful options and to get on the right routine to maintain your Fall color inspirations!

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#MOMBOSS By Rebecca Carrera

You’ve heard the term girl boss and chances are you even know a few, but have you heard the term MOM BOSS? Well, it’s a thing, and they’re killing it! These amazing women are making the most of their work-life balance by starting home based businesses and creating social selling networks. They’re managing meal plans and soccer schedules, all while filling up your social media feeds with stylish jewels, the most comfortable leggings known to man and of course, beauty products! There are a few direct sales companies that are keeping it clean—and of course I love that! Here are a few of my favorite products that you can pick up from your neighborhood cosmo girl!

Rebecca Carrera Wife, mother, brow guru, green beauty obsessed, clean eater, design lover, and the owner of Maven Beauty Bar in downtown Frederick, Maryland.

EVER Biomimetic Peel Pads $70 After cleansing, sweep across your face to exfoliate and reveal a soft, smooth, more evenly toned layer of skin. I adore my skin when it's as soft as a baby's bottom!

EVER Cellular Renewal Oil $88 This night time facial oil contains powerful retinol that softens fine lines and improves clarity and skin texture. It's perfect for use after the peel pads mentioned above. Face oils are my go to when someone needs to up their skincare game. Adding this one step is life changing!

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In my late teens, when my body could subsist on little more than coffee and a few hours of sleep, I would often throw together a bag of gear and drive through the night seeking my weekend fix backpacking the Appalachian Trail. I had little money, second-rate equipment, and more energy than common sense.



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But the allure of one day hiking all 2,190 miles of the fabled trail was far too great to resist. So I walked…a lot. Following white blazes through the rain and in the cold, up steep ascents and down muddy slopes, to stunning vistas and along rushing streams, I relished every moment. My very personhood was being shaped by the mile, oftentimes without me even realizing it. But as the demands of life made it increasingly more difficult to pick up and go, I began to temper my expectations of ever completing the journey from Georgia to Maine. High school gave way to college, and college led to a full-time job. But unlike my availability, the compulsion to get on the trail never subsided. I would catch myself staring through the car window bemoaning my elevation-challenged home state of Indiana while carefully devising excuses to trade my responsibilities for hiking boots. Because that’s being a conscientious adult, right?

Then as luck (or love) would have it, I married a woman who would rescue me from the corn-filled doldrums of the Midwest. A native of Frederick County, my wife had a pretty easy sell on her hands. Better job opportunities, restaurants open past 9:00 p.m. and nearby access to the Appalachian Trail—where do I sign up? As a resident of Frederick County for almost ten years, I have plodded along Maryland’s forty-one mile share of the Appalachian Trail more times than I can count. That’s right: we lay claim to a mere forty-one miles of the historic 2,190-mile long trail, but its brevity by no means diminishes its grandeur. Stretching the ridge of South Mountain from the Mason-Dixon Line down to the Potomac, the Maryland section affords travelers an abundance of stunning views, unique history, and noteworthy points of interest. Read on for some tips on how to maximize your Maryland Appalachian Trail experience:



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Chris Vandergrift Chris Vandergrift is the Co-Owner of Adventure Well, LLC — a creative consulting agency with a penchant for all things outdoors. When he's not wandering through the woods or dreaming up the next great adventure, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and curly-headed toddler, shamelessly binging on spicy foods, and filling his brain with completely useless trivia. Follow along with the Adventure Well on Instagram @adventurewellcreative or on Tumblr





PLANNING THE TRIP – Of course you want to select the best routes and see the most fascinating sights along the AT, but the abundance of internet resources on these topics can be overwhelming. A great place to start is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is the organization charged with the care and preservation of the trail. You can visit their website [] for helpful planning information or visit the friendly staff at their headquarters (also on the AT) in nearby Harpers Ferry, WV.

ACCESSING THE TRAIL – One of the most notable features of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland is its accessibility. Trailheads with parking along US 40, Alternate 40, and US 340 [to name a few] allow access with relative ease from anywhere in the greater Frederick County area. The trail also passes through three different Maryland State Parks: Greenbrier State Park, Washington Monument State Park, and Gathland State Park. These all serve as great starting points for an AT day hike.

THE VIEWS – Whenever I am asked to give a recommendation on the best Maryland AT views, my reply is always, “Are you a morning person?” For my fellow morning people, you can catch gorgeous sunrises from Weverton Cliffs off U.S. 340 or from Jefferson Rock in Harpers Ferry. Both offer a hard-to-beat view as the first light of day catches the Potomac River. For those who prefer to sleep in, take the roughly two and a half mile stretch of trail from US 40 to Annapolis Rock for a stunning sunset that will make you question all of your evening Netflix binges. Of course, the entire forty-one mile stretch of trail is beautiful with its old-growth forests and groves of dense ferns, but from mid-September to mid-October, you will see some of the most picturesque foliage in the entire Mid-Atlantic region.


– Do you want to stand at Jefferson Rock where the site’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, gushed about the scenic Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers? Did you know Marylanders built the first completed Washington Monument to the memory of George Washington almost sixty years before those copycats in D.C.? Ever tour the charming town of Harpers Ferry with its wealth of Civil War stories? If you geek out over history, you will be happy to know these and many more historical sites are accessible via the Appalachian Trail. Go for a walk with the family and learn something while you’re at it.

THE TERRAIN – By Appalachian Trail standards, the Maryland section is arguably the easiest of the fourteen states, which means people with varying physical abilities can more readily enjoy this section. But don’t be fooled by the minor elevation gains. There are periodically some challenging climbs, so wear the right shoes, bring enough water, and rest when needed. Hey, it’s not a race! So, what’s the appeal of the Appalachian Trail? The answer likely rests somewhere within each person’s motivation for taking that first step on the iconic pathway. On the summit of Springer Mountain, the southernmost terminus of the Appalachian Trail, there is an unassuming plaque affixed at the peak. The inscription reads,

“A footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness.” To you, the reader and prospective AT hiker, I encourage you to adapt this philosophy in a way which resonates with you. It can be “a footpath for those who seek…” solitude, community, healing, adventure, growth, and so much more. Every mile of this venerated trail has something to offer, and fourty-one of those miles are waiting in your own backyard.

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Think you have what it takes to start your own business? Four female founders give us the scoop on the grit and grind behind becoming an entrepreneur. You have an idea cooking inside your mind. The idea is sizzling; it’s getting hot, hot, hot! It’s all you can think about— during your lackluster day job, at the gym, with your family, even during sex. Your friends and partner are getting annoyed; it’s all they hear from you. You’ve done the research, found your dream location, and read all the business books you could find on the shelves at your local book store. Before you take the plunge, peruse this well-lived advice from other badass female founders who have walked the startup path before you.

They are four women who have chased their dreams in four different industries, each leading her company towards success. On the surface, it may seem like the only commonalities these women share are slightly superficial—they’re women and successful business owners. Yet, if you dig deeper, you’ll uncover that what connects them is something much more rooted: a tenacious, headstrong drive and an unwavering stance. These women have overcome sexism and loss. They have both provided and received support. And most importantly, they’ve put in the hard work for a career they wanted, that they believed themselves worthy of having.

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CAREER Ellen Didion

President and Owner, Chic to Chic Consignment Boutique Ellen Didion knew she wanted to be in fashion ever since she learned what the word meant. After seventeen and a half years of climbing her way through the ranks of a New Yorkbased men’s clothing store, she decided to focus on accomplishing a personal goal­—getting her college degree. In her late thirties, Didion went back to school full-time and worked three part-time jobs with her sights set on opening a consignment boutique upon graduation. Two weeks after receiving her degree in 1997, Chic to Chic Consignment Boutique opened in Gaithersburg, MD. A second location in Historic Downtown Frederick would follow years later.

On Sexism Among the many challenges Didion has faced throughout her career, landing the Gaithersburg location was a feat in itself. “There was still a stigma attached to being a female business owner trying to break into the market,” Didion said. “So my landlord initially did not want to let me have the space. But I was relentless. I gave him a twenty-point bulletin as to why I was going to make his shopping center look good. And every time they said jump, I said, ‘how high and how far’.”

On Pushing Past Fears While working three part-time jobs throughout school, Didion was able to learn a lot that would help translate to her success with the boutique. Even though she was well prepared, it was still new territory for her. “I was scared; I was very scared,” Didion said. “But I knew that I was a great manager and I knew how to run a business. So when I got a little overwhelmed, I just pretended that I was the manager of the store so that way I could kind of step away from it and act or respond to whatever issues were going on in a manner that I felt less intimidated by.” Didion attributes that problem solving thought process to the lifestyle of an entrepreneur. “What sets the entrepreneur apart from others is the entrepreneur has to figure it out.”


Timika Thrasher

Owner and Operations Manager, Thrashers Cleaning Services Timika Thrasher, like any great mom, was sensitive to her son’s severe allergies and kept their house spotless. When he was younger and they would go into doctor’s offices, Thrasher noticed that the cleanliness of the space was not up to her standards. This discovery sparked Thrashers Cleaning Services, specializing in commercial green cleaning. Thrasher started her business with her husband parttime as they both continued to pursue their full-time careers. When Thrasher was laid off a few years ago, she decided it was time to take her business to the next level and commit to it full-time.

On Making Your Own Rules After working in corporate America for fifteen years, Thrasher knew she didn’t want to work for someone else. “Success for me is the fact that I am self-employed and can spend quality time with my family, which at the end of the day, is really why I’m self-employed and why I continue to push hard for this business. At some point, I’d like for my children to be able to take over, and at least I’ve had the ability to not have to work by everybody else’s rules and hours.”

On Supporting the Team Thrasher takes pride in building a team of dedicated and hardworking staff. What’s most rewarding for her is knowing that she is making a big difference in their lives. “I got a call from an employee who says, "I'm so glad I got this job from you. I’m so glad you gave me these hours because I was going to have my utilities turned off and this check came right at the knick of time.”

CAREER Mary Louise Riser

Owner, New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa Mary Louise Riser started out as a hairdresser at the sprightly age of fifteen. While nobody else took notice, Riser recognized the potential of her unique skill set and what it could intrinsically become. After grudgingly attending secretarial school, Riser instead enrolled in beauty school. In 1987, over thirty years ago, she and her late husband opened New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa. Today, it’s thriving more than ever in its new location on North Market Street, rich with history and Riser’s sophisticated design palette.

Shabri Moore

Owner and President, Moore Wealth Shabri Moore was a scientist working at a biotech company in the late nineties when the company imploded and she was again faced with the question: what do I want to be when I grow up? At thirty-nine, she shifted careers from science to finance. A few years into her new career she took the plunge and opened her own business. Moore Wealth is a wealth management firm helping clients build a financial plan for the present that will carry them well into their future.

On Dealing with Loss Moore’s business was just taking off when her life would forever change. Her husband suddenly died. “My whole world was shattered,” Moore said. The support of those surrounding her is what kept her and her business going. “I had people come in and help me every day for over a year and they helped me keep this business going and be able to put my kids through school and grow it and now it’s thriving. It’s a million times better than I ever imagined.”

On Managing Others As a business owner, Moore has experience managing many different types of people. She’s a firm believer that one size does not fit all. “It’s interesting because I manage people of lots of different generations so you have to kind of adapt to them as much as they are adapting to you,” she said. “Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you’re right. You have to work with them and help them understand the message you’re trying to convey and at the same time understand the message they are trying to convey. Everybody learns differently. Everybody responds to different types of direction. I think you have to be sensitive to that.”

On Rising Above Riser believed in herself when nobody else did, which attributed to her success. “Every single person in my life told me I was stupid, I didn’t know what I was doing, and I was making a big mistake. And I have always just ignored people. It’s like; I’m going to do this. So I did. I think back now to all those people that were so negative. What would they say now?”

On Receiving Support Over the many years of business, Riser has given her all to her clients. When her husband passed away, the roles would unexpectedly reverse. “I’ll tell you who’s there to lift me up. You’re going to be surprised when I tell you. My clients. When Chuck died, it was so shocking to me that they were my comfort. I thought, wow, you give and you give and you give to them. And then you realize, oh my gosh, they’re here for you. They’re a sounding block. They’re loving. They’re kind. They support you. They come in, for years and years and years. That’s a real accomplishment to have that.”

Shelby Newsome Shelby is a freelance writer and voracious reader. She enjoys an intellectual challenge, exploring on a sunny day, and lazy mornings with her cat, Butter. She is a Frederick native with a wanderlust heart. View her portfolio at

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21ST CENTURY Stress and worry are part of our national pastime­ —particularly since 9/11. Nothing seems safe or dependable anymore. When I hear someone say “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” It’s ironic, but when you remind yourself that life isn’t supposed to be easy, trouble-free or perfect, and rarely goes as planned, life actually becomes a bit easier and more trouble-free.



SIX IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT STRESS 1. Stress is universal: we all experience it at different times with different levels of intensity. 2. Stress occurs when there is an imbalance between demands and resources. 3. Any situation which is felt to be a threat, whether physical or emotional, is stressful. 4. We experience stress any time an outcome is important to our well being. 5. Stress is different for each person, depending on their experiences, interests, skills and personalities. 6. Stress can also motivate, excite and energize positive, creative action. How we think about and interpret the stress around us not only contributes to increased stress levels, but is a critical skill to managing it more effectively. There are distortions of thought which are learned over the course of each person’s life, and are uniquely relevant to their personal experiences. Examining these distortions and challenging them to get a more rational understating of events will reduce your personal stress.

SUGGESTIONS TO MANAGE STRESS 1. Identify any “all or nothing” uncompromising viewpoints which leave no room for shades of gray. Stress management often requires looking to those gray areas of compromise; looking for that win/win plan of action. 2. Jumping to conclusions or making generalizations based on only one event or one piece of evidence can result in ignoring other possibilities; or in scrapping helpful ideas that might be useful in another context. 3. Ask yourself if you have any stress resulting from negative expectations, labels, or snap judgments which result in making mountains out of molehills before all information is received. 4. Emotional stress is often rooted in an internal set of rules or “Shoulds” which control your life. You have the power to free yourself from such emotional binds, thus giving yourself permission to make rational, empowering decisions.

5.Recognize that you are not responsible for everything that occurs in another person’s life, or for the behavior or responses of others. You are only responsible for your own emotional reactions to others. 6.Free yourself of guilt, helplessness, or despair; these emotional states of being only restrict your resourcefulness. 7. Avoid placing blame on anybody or anything else. This takes you away from searching for solutions you can put to use.1 8. Positive self-talk and/or remembering positive events when you displayed competent, confident behavior will reinforce your belief that you can handle all the challenges life provides. 9. Breathing is one of the most effective stress management techniques used to transform stress into positive energy. It is impossible to be stressed and relaxed at the same time. Use the bonus breathing exercise below to give mindful breathing a try!

BONUS BREATHING EXERCISE Sit quietly with your eyes closed, take a deep breath all the way in and hold it for five seconds. Breathe out as slowly as you can while you repeat the word, “one” or “calm.” Take your time and continue to use this pattern of behavior for about twenty minutes. Your body must relax because you are physiologically instructing your brain and your body to display the relaxation response. This exercise lowers stress hormone levels and blood pressure.2 1. Dr. Albert Ellis, PhD. New Guide for Rational Living, Wilshire Book Co. 1975. 2. Dr. Herbert Benson, PhD. The Relaxation Response Harper Collins, 1975.

Jill B. Cody, M.A. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Personal Life Coach, and a professional speaker. A trainer with the American Hypnosis Training Academy in Silver Spring, Maryland, Jill is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association. To answer any questions about managing stress or other concerns, please visit or contact Jill at 301-662-2266.

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Enter the veggie noodle, the new method for sneaking more vegetables into your daily diet! Zoodles, or zucchini “cut” into thick, curly ribbons were my introduction. They look a lot like pasta and are just as fun to twirl around a fork. By the time September rolls around though, I’m usually a little zucchini’d out. Lucky for me it seems plenty of other vegetables make great “noodles.” These salad recipes are the perfect way to begin to transition into fall. I’ve served them cold, but you could easily sauté the “noodles” in a little oil to warm them up before serving if you prefer. Have some veggie noodle skeptics on your hands? Mix in some cooked rice noodles. Want more protein? Both of these recipes would be great with some grilled chicken on top.

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RECIPE beet noodles

½ C mayo of your choice

1 TBSP milk/non-dairy milk of choice

½ C grated parmesan cheese

½ TSP garlic powder ¼ TSP fresh ground black pepper

1 In a large bowl whisk together the mayo, milk, parmesan, garlic powder and pepper. 2 Add the beet noodles, bacon and hard boiled eggs and toss everything to coat with the dressing. 3 Top with the fresh parsley just before serving.

approx. 6 slices cooked and chopped bacon 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped Fresh parsley, chopped

*To make the cucumber ribbons - cut a long cucumber in half.

sweet potato noodles

chopped cilantro

cucumber ribbons*

lime wedges

Peel the skin, then using your vegetable peeler, peel long ribbon like pieces off lengthwise.


To Make Thai Cashew Dressing: 1 Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. 2 Add the sweet potato noodles, cucumber ribbons and crispy chickpeas to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over everything and toss to coat. Top with cilantro, chopped cashews and a good squeeze of lime just before serving.

roughly chopped cashews ¼ C soy sauce

¼ C cashew butter

3 TBSP honey 1 TBSP ground ginger ½ TBSP sesame oil FOR THE CHICKPEAS


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1 can chickpeas

1 TSP olive oil

1 TSP garlic powder

1 TSP chili powder

1 TSP ginger

2 TSP coconut sugar

dash of cayenne

sprinkle of sea salt

To Make Crispy Chickpeas: 1 Preheat your oven to 400° F. 2 Rinse and drain the chickpeas. 3 Line your baking sheet with a few paper towels. 4 Pour the chickpeas onto the paper towels and gently roll around until the chickpeas are pretty dry. Discard any of the skins that come unattached. Move the chickpeas into a small mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil until well coated. 5 Mix all the dry spices together and pour over the chickpeas, gently tossing again to coat. 6 Add the chickpeas back to the empty baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, give the chickpeas a good toss and put the baking sheet back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the chickpeas are good and crispy, maybe even a little charred in places. 7 Allow to cool for a few minutes before adding to your salad. FALL 17 61

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