RC

Hello! My name is Rishona (ree-SHON-a) – or Shona for short. I’m a 30-something working, single mom of three little boys. I’ve been blogging and creating websites for more than 15 years (time flies when you’re having fun!). I’m originally from the Mon Valley area of suburban Pittsburgh; which is an economically depressed region.

My professional background includes working in real estate, insurance, accounting, retail, and technology. I earned my bachelor’s degree  as a non-traditional student, a few months shy of my 30th birthday, at West Virginia University (let’s go Mountaineers!). I also have an MBA in Marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.

I currently work in commercial real estate as an analyst in the lease administration department. I have a knack for working with data and I love technology so I’ve been considering pursuing some formal study in data science. If I could do any job in the world though, I would spend my time buying old houses, renovating them…and then give them away for free to families that need them 🙂 .

As a woman of color, who also happens to be a 1st generation American and a religious minority, I have a pretty unique outlook to things. I don’t say this to toot my own horn, but rather as a warning that my opinions will sometimes clash with the majority.

I absolutely LOVE music; and I’ve collected vinyl records long before the hipsters made it cool.

My sons are a daily reminder to me that life does not always turn out exactly as planned. From a physical perspective, I should not even be a mother in that I have an incompetent cervix. However I found a fantastic doctor who specializes in correcting that issue, and my oldest son arrived safe and sound. A few months after he was born I conceived again (unplanned and unexpected) and then received the shock of my life when the ultrasound showed that it was twins.

For sure I will not pretend that I am some sort of “Super Mommy” that has everything figured out and can dish out advice to others. So I am certainly not the Mommy Blogger-type. Also I am not particularly interested in broadcasting their childhoods all over the internet. So forgive me if I’m a bit vague when referring to them 😉

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.

Malcolm X

The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image; whose language, faith and ideals, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin