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Blooming Women is a free empowerment networking group dedicated to providing high quality networking, education, and support to professional women in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County.

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Learn more about Blooming Women, Inc.  This is an interview of Maria A. Ryan at It’s A Woman’s World.

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Active members of Blooming Women, Inc. can post promotions, events, or announcements here.  Posts by non-members will not be approved for publication.

IK Scholarship Recipient – Roberto Solano

Wakefield Senior Roberto Solano received a $1500.00 Scholarship today for his conduct as an exemplary human being.  He devoted his entire senior year to working with hospice patients, compassionately providing emotional and physical care to those in need. He developed a reputation as a person of character who understands what it means to intend kindness and employs it in all his endeavors.  Congratulations, Roberto.  You are an example to us all.

For more information visit www.ikintendkindness.com

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Featured Member

Featured Member

This month’s featured member is

Laurie Rackas

Cre8tive Content Works, LLC

web content development / writing / editing

lrackas1@gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurierackas

Blooming Women asked Laurie:

“What do you love best about having your own business?”
The flexibility it offers me. Some people thrive in a traditional office environment, with predictable working hours and the perks that come with being an employee (benefits, paid vacation, etc.). I’m just not one of those people. I get restless if I have to show up at the same place at the same time, day after day. Being a morning person, I like to get up early, have a strong cup of coffee, and launch right into my work. People sometimes ask me, “Don’t you miss the camaraderie of an office” or “How do you stay focused when you work from home?” Yes, what I do (writing) can be isolating, but I just schedule some social time — a class at the gym, or lunch with a friend. As to the latter question, I find working at home less distracting than working in an office environment, where there’s a lot of noise and interruptions. I have a separate home office, with windows on three sides. When I close the door, I can easily shut out the rest of the world and write, uninterrupted, for 4 or 6 hours at a stretch.

 

 

 

Wisdom For The Young

mentor young women

We asked our featured member of the month to share some wisdom with young women.  The question that we asked is:

“What stage of life was the most challenging for you as a working woman?”
My answer here is not very original: the child-rearing years. When my son, who’s now a high schooler, was young, I tried every work arrangement I could think of: working full-time at a company, working 3 days/week in a job-share arrangement, teleworking for an organization whose management was committed to providing as much flexibility to its workforce as possible. I was always battling something — guilt over spending too many hours at work, resentment from co-workers (and supervisors) who viewed part-time employees as somehow lesser, or companies who on paper valued work/life balance but whose corporate culture rewarded those who put the job above all else. Though now being my own boss and setting my own hours makes the juggle easier, it’s still uncool for me to tell a client I can’t make a meeting because I have to pick my son up from an after-school activity. I think our society has a long way to go before we resolve the ambivalence we seem to have over working mothers.