April 24, 2014

In the Spotlight: Orlena Grant

Orlena, a stay-at-home wife and mom to three beautiful girls,  decided from an early age that she would one day be an artist.  She received formal training and soon became a graphic designer and illustrator. She also bakes and designs cakes.

While working at a modeling agency, she was asked to bring her daughter to a children’s modeling agency. Her daughter was soon signed as a model.  After being laid off, Orlena went on to manage her daughter’s modeling career. Her youngest daughter then became a model too.  During Orlena’s time at home, she wanted to do more to earn a living. Combining her love of art and baking, Orlena decided to make specialty cakes.  She is currently working on her website, and hopes to go back to school to continue in the field of art education and 3D animation.  Orlena is also an active member of the Graphic Artist Guild in NY, and is currently working on writing and illustrating children’s books.

Moms of Hue (MOH): What keeps you motivated?

Orlena Grant: What keeps me motivated is the grace of God, and the love of my family and my desire to be an artist.

MOH: How do you organize your life so that you ensure that you get it all done?

Orlena: I do not have a system of organization, but if it were not for my trusty iPod and iCal programs, I would be a hot mess!

MOH: What lessons do you hope your kids will learn from you as they watch you work?

Orlena: I want my kids to learn that in order to get respect, you must give it, but don’t be anyone’s doormat either. For them to find loving husbands who support all of their ventures. I want them to be loving mothers who want the best for their children and will be dedicated to her success, and theirs.  I also want them to know that whatever they put their minds  to, they can achieve as long as they put hard work and they enjoy doing it.

MOH: Who is your biggest supporter and why?

Orlena: I have many supporters, I think my main supporter is my husband. He’s always bragging about my artwork, my work with cakes, and how I take care of my girls.

MOH: What advice do you have for other moms of hue trying to raise children and maintain positive values

Orlena: Whether you are a single mom or married, never give up on yourself.  Even  if it seems like a heavy load to bear, make time for you.  Believe that God will see you through anything.  Always treasure what you have in your children.  The rewards are worth all of the struggles.  Always support your child’s dreams, even if they seem far-fetched; they will love you more for that. Lastly, keep it real (Be honest).

Kristina Daniele

Kristina Daniele

Kristina, Founder and Oz of We of Hue is one of many doing it across hues-homeschooling, wifing, mothering, and business building. She is a web designer and social media consultant with a love of building communities on line. She looks forward to intelligent conversation that is eye-opening and statement-making.

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In the Spotlight: Talibah Mbonisi

Talibah Mbonisi, founder of WeParent, is a marketer by trade, a problem solver by nature, and a mother by grace. She is also an unmarried co-parent on a mission to incite a co-parenting revolution among African-American mothers and fathers who are living apart and parenting together.

For nearly a decade, Talibah has navigated the path of positive, shared parenting with her son’s father for the sake of the child they both love. Inspired and encouraged by their own journey, she now shares her insight and experiences with other parents seeking to build a solid family foundation that supports thriving children, and fulfilled, balanced Mamas and Daddies.

After over ten years in corporate America, Talibah has turned her full attention to building WeParent, a co-parenting lifestyle company and community of parents and parent advisers striving to give our children one of the keys to a happy, healthy life–a strong family. Through WeParent.com, WeParent Connect, personal coaching, live events, teleclasses, and more, single parents, co-parents and blended families can all find resources, education and community to support their parenting partnerships.

In addition to being the Chief Mama Officer of WeParent and Mama to her son, Talibah is a life coach and a blogger. In addition to writing at Moms of hue, her writing has been featured on My Brown Baby, and, of course, WeParent.com.
A graduate of Spelman College, Talibah also holds an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.

Kristina Daniele

Kristina Daniele

Kristina, Founder and Oz of We of Hue is one of many doing it across hues-homeschooling, wifing, mothering, and business building. She is a web designer and social media consultant with a love of building communities on line. She looks forward to intelligent conversation that is eye-opening and statement-making.

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In the Spotlight: Adiaha Ruane

Being of the spider people Ananse the spider-man had hundreds of children. All of them were special to him, but there was one child who was different in a most remarkable way. She was called Adiaha and had two skins. The first made Adiaha look like her mother who happened to be a spider. The second, could only be worn after sunset and made her the most beautiful girl in the world.

So begins a fairy tale written about Adiaha, after reading the Igbo tale of Adiaha. It is a great little tale in which Adiaha triumphs after being dealt a rather harsh hand by the Queen. One day I will be finished, until then, imagine….

Adiaha a.k.a Astromama is a daughter, sister, lover, friend and mother of two, who is known for her optimistic outlook on life, warm nature and sarcastic jokes. She can usually be found levitating while meditating to Parliament’s Flashlight. A keen astrologist, Adiaha is convinced that her Pisces Moon causes her laid back, almost flaky, demeanor. Its gives her an imaginative theatrical flair and keeps her moving fluidly through the atmosphere. Just when you think you have her pegged, she transforms. Usually, when she promises something and does not get to it in time, it is because she is in an alternate universe gathering messages for your edification. Adiaha misses the X-Files, loves Nancy Bo twin (Weeds) and wants to marry the Haitian from Heroes. He seems like the best candidate for a husband because he does not speak, he just does as he is told! (Why is that attribute given to a man of color?)
Using the internet as a venue to make a contribution to the Universe, it is Adiaha’s sincere hope that she can helping others reach their Truth for the greatest good of Everyone. A constant student of astrology and tarot, Adiaha greatest desire is to assist others in self-actualization by helping them uncover what is unconscious. Becoming conscious allows

Kristina Daniele

Kristina Daniele

Kristina, Founder and Oz of We of Hue is one of many doing it across hues-homeschooling, wifing, mothering, and business building. She is a web designer and social media consultant with a love of building communities on line. She looks forward to intelligent conversation that is eye-opening and statement-making.

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In the Spotlight: Michele Dortch

Michele Dortch is a former HR/Learning & Development professional who now enjoys her “second act” career as a writer, editor and communications consultant.
After earning a degree in English, Michele did what any headstrong 20-something would do – she jumped right into a career that had nothing to do with her studies and landed a job as a Technical Trainer for a San Diego-based software company.  That was the beginning of fast-moving career that eventually led her to a burgeoning dot-com in 1999. She joined as part of the Human Resources team and it was there that she honed her expertise in the areas of learning & development, leadership, change management and organizational effectiveness, while completing a graduate degree in Organization Development.
Michele swiftly moved up the corporate ladder with cliché visions of busting glass ceilings and earning plenty of money doing it. But motherhood changed all that and just months before her 30th birthday, she decided to quit her full-time job to pursue a career life that offered new challenges and stretched her in new ways. She was nine months pregnant with her second child at the time. But that didn’t stop her from launching a one-woman management consulting practice where served a variety of clients including, Toyota Motor Sales, Yahoo!, and Boeing.
In 2005, while Michele was building her consulting practice, she discovered a dormant passion in writing. She created The Integrated Mother blog as an outlet for her writing and also began accepting freelance writing and editing projects alongside her existing consulting work. She eventually closed her consulting practice in 2008 to officially make the leap as a writer. Today, she helps companies educate and build better connections with their target audience by transforming dull, uninteresting content into language that attracts, influences and sells. Michele’s written work has appeared in a variety of in-print and online publications including Redbook, SUCCESS magazine, Work It Mom!, Hybrid Mom, Divine Caroline and Examiner.com where she served as the Phoenix Working Moms feature writer. She has also been a contributor to two books.
In addition to earning a B.A. English from San Diego State University and a M.A. Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University, Michele completed professional coach training at The Coaches Institute (CTI) and graduated from the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) executive training program at UCLA. She is an adjunct professor instructing undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in English, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior.
Although Michele plans to return home to San Diego in the near future, she currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and three children. A self-confessed “nerd,” her interests include technology, social media, psychology, and running.
Michele can be reached through her Web site at www.micheledortch.com or her blog at www.integratedmother.com.
Kristina Daniele

Kristina Daniele

Kristina, Founder and Oz of We of Hue is one of many doing it across hues-homeschooling, wifing, mothering, and business building. She is a web designer and social media consultant with a love of building communities on line. She looks forward to intelligent conversation that is eye-opening and statement-making.

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