Hi! I’m Moira, a 36 year-old single mom. My almost 11 year-old son and I have been on our own for the past 6 years, though we lived with my parents for 3 of those years. Definitely not the life I imagined for myself, but it’s the life I’m living! I grew up outside Philadelphia, lived in the DC area for about 14 years and now live in Philly. I love living and raising a kid in an urban environment. He’s so much more worldly than I was at that age. (I’m beginning to chronicle all this in nerdmom360.wordpress.com.)
I went to GWU and studied Political Communications and Political Management. But one year in the campaign world, I knew that life wasn’t for me. I moved professionally into international development and then legal marketing. When I moved from DC to Philadelphia, I began a job with a medical publishing company working on a product for physicians, and am now considering going back to school for a Masters or PhD in biostatistics. We’ll see how crazy I actually am.
Though I’m no longer in the political field, or inside the beltway, I am intensely political on a number of issues. Women’s rights, LGBT rights, minority issues - anything to help create a country in which we are truly equal. I lived in Sweden for a year when I was 16, as an exchange student. That experience really shaped who I am and how I think. I’m also the daughter of two teachers - my mom teaches special education, primarily hearing impaired students, and my dad teaches high school English (and looks straight out of central casting for English professor). I think being exposed to the variety of lives they influenced taught me that we all need to look out for each other and raise each other so we all succeed together.
I joke that I’ll only be 44 when my son goes off to college, and I’ll move to a pied–à–terre in Paris and have a fabulous life cooking, writing and drinking wine. But maybe it’s not so much a joke. I think of that when I’m mired in the day-to-day of parenting and work and stress, and feel like I never have a moment to do anything for myself. One day, it’ll be all about me. In the meantime, I revel in the 5-10 minutes I spend in the morning and night with my magical Sabbatical Beauty products, taking care of me on the outside and giving me peace to take care of me for a few moments on the inside.