Publicity is a funny thing. For celebrities and politicians in the news media all the time I would think that they get a little jaded seeing their name or picture in print all the time. For the rest of us getting to see a story or even a picture of ourselves in the news is a big deal. Well, at least it is for me. Last weekend I was interviewed by our local Memphis paper The Commerical Appeal for a spotlight that they do on working moms. The reporter asked lots of great questions about running the business, having the kids and the balancing act that happens everyday. I am not different from any of the millions of working moms out there today. I am just lucky enough to be able to work at something that I truly love and am passionate about, have a fabulous and supportive husband and three healthy and happy kids. What more could a working mom ask for? So please excuse the shamless tooting of my own horn, but I would love to share the article with you. It's below the pic!
Shara Danziger worked as a freelance graphic designer before she and her husband, David Danziger, opened Shara's Paperie in East Memphis. Focused on custom-designed paper products and a line of custom-printed, personalized melamine household products, Shara's Paperie was Memphis' first store to offer brides and anyone else celebrating a special occasion the chance to produce personalized, custom-printed invitations, notepads, stationery, as well as plastic plates, clipboards, serving plates and more.
Running the store is Shara's passion, but the mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 10, and a son, 9, makes sure her kids know they always come first. Making her children feel special by spending individual time with them -- taking her oldest shopping, going to Starbucks for an outing with her second daughter or taking her son to the store to find ingredients for banana bread or something else they can bake together -- is one of her favorite things to do.
Shara and David, director of product management at Axiom, also enjoy movie nights with their kids, when each gets to pick his or her favorite snack food and the family hangs out together for an entire evening. This year, the couple plan on taking their children on a surprise vacation. Shara recently answered questions on being a mom.
What do you enjoy most about being a mom? I love watching the kids grow into little people, seeing their personalities develop and watching them figure out what they like and who they want to be.
What is the best advice you have ever received about how to be a good mom and/or balancing work and family? Another business owner with children once said to me, "Just figure out what you're OK letting go of and accepting that." That's been the best advice.
What advice would you give other working moms trying to balance job and family? Decide what the most important things are, and just focus on those. Don't sweat the small stuff. I don't cook -- ever. It's what I figured I could let go off, and I don't worry about the fact that I don't cook. I take care of the kids and run the business. It's impossible to do everything. I am very good at heating things up. At our house, my husband cooks. My children know that if Daddy is out of town for more than one night, there will be Chick-fil-A one night, and the second night there will be warmed-up food, and who knows what happens the third night?
What would your perfect day off look like? Sleeping a little late, having a big breakfast with the kids and my husband, and just spending the day hanging out. I would just love a day for all of us to get to do something fun and not having to do any running around to get things done.
What do you hope to inspire in your children? For them to find what they want to do with their lives and to find a career that they love, a career that doesn't just bring home a paycheck. I also hope that they'll find a spouse as wonderful as my husband is and that they'll get to have a family as they want.
What is something you especially look forward to doing with your kids this year? We want to go to Disney World. But the kids don't know yet. We want to surprise them, so shhh!
If you could meet one famous person, who would it be? Why? I would love to meet Martha Stewart. She took a passion she had and her incredible business sense, and she really blew it out of the water.
Favorite book: "Gone With the Wind." I have read it multiple times
Favorite recreational activity: Running.
Favorite music/musician: My 12-year-old is the one who tells me all about music I need to listen to. Most of the CDs I have are made by her.
Favorite children's book: "The Bear Snores On." My son and I must have read it every night for three years.
Product you couldn't live without: My iPhone with its personalized case. It's yellow and gray with my monogram.
Favorite Memphis locale: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.