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She's A Sabbatical Beauty: Moira Bohannon

Thrilled to feature Moira Bohannon, one of the brightest lights of our community! Moira's kind words always bring smiles to our faces <3
Moira Bohannon
Tell us about you!

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

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.

If you were an SB product, which product would you be, and why?
I would be Marine Serum. It’s not as flashy and trendy as the seasonal products, but it’s loyal and gets the job done. As part of core, it’s always going to be there. I consider loyalty as the most important quality a person can be, and strive for it. And I love all things related to the oceans, so that fits too. As I said on the Facebook group, Marine and I are serious work-(sea)horses.
What makes you angry?
Injustices. Big and small. I probably spend too much time getting angry over the small things, but the big things make me just as mad.
What makes you happy?
A good book and a nap. A glass of wine and some quality time with my son (i.e. not times where I’m “parenting” but just enjoying him as he is now.)
What’s your desert island SB product, and why?
Anti-Aging Eye Gel Oil. I have always hated my eyelids, and have been trying to cover up my dark circles since I was a kid. (Funny story, when I was about 10, I snuck what I thought was concealer from my mom’s make-up bag. It was a sample tube of self-tanner. I had orange streaks under my eyes for a week!) Anyway, the eye gel has made my eyelids so much brighter and less red (upper) and dark (lower), with the added bonus of making my eyelashes rival Twiggy's.
What is your favorite thing about your skin?
I love my pale complexion and freckles. (This has nothing to do with race, but accepting the skin I’m in.) I was once filmed for some TV thing and the make-up artist told me the only other person she used the lightest-light foundation on was Nicole Kidman. I tried for a long time to tan - tanning beds and sunless tanners. Once I stopped trying, I don’t mind being practically translucent. And I am thankful I didn’t know there were people who thought freckles were ugly until I was an adult. I love my freckles. Nicole Kidman is freckly too.