Some stay-at-home mothers have found ways to nurture careers from the home, too. Often inspired by their role as mother, homemaker or wife, these creative women are channeling their skills to build businesses, craft products and help others. In April, Wednesday's Woman is taking a look at some of the area's mamapreneurs.
The New Opportunity School for Women is accepting applications for its summer residential program in Berea. The program aims to improve women's lives by building self-esteem and teaching skills including computer basics, job searching and leadership.
During the free program, set for June 5-25, women will attend classes, complete internships and participate in cultural activities, said Debbie King, of NOSW. They will also have access to health screenings.
I am a stay-at-home mom. It still seems strange to say that. I honestly haven’t had too much time to reflect on it, what with the two children constantly hanging off of me. But the transition cannot be called a smooth one. I look at other moms who stay home, and most of them seem to have everything under control. I've felt like a failure on more than one occasion. Heck, just my 6-month-old daughter refusing to take a morning nap can bring me to my knees on the right – or wrong – day.
The passion of performance is the foundation of the brilliantly disturbing Oscar award winning film, “Black Swan.” Natalie Portman performs as the lead ballerina in the performance of “Swan Lake,” which examines the dark side of perfection in the context of high level performance.
For 44 years, Betty Hughes-Gillespie, has served her community and the clients of Coiffures by Betty Hughes, a salon on North Wilson Road.
In December, Hughes-Gillespie retired after almost 50 years as a hairdresser.
She’s originally from Metcalfe County and knew she wanted to be a hairdresser since she was a little girl. She would sit on her dad’s knees and work on his hair. He would always tell her she was going to be a teacher, but she was determined to be a hairdresser.
What if you could ask me a question about my experience as an organizer that has nothing to do with how to get organized, but has everything to do with the clients I have helped. Could you think of a question? I think you could because it happens to me all the time. When I first started my business my family and friends asked me vague questions such as, “How’s your business going?”
“I like teenagers. I’m weird that way,” Sheryl Lett Chapman said.
She not only works with a group of 11th- and 12th-grade girls at Memorial United Methodist Church, where her husband is pastor, but also at the Lincoln Village Youth Development Center.
The latter is her passion.
Someone at her church who mentors at Lincoln Village asked if Chapman would be interested in mentoring. Chapman admitted mentoring wasn’t her thing but she had volunteered as an art teacher in various places.