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A Day In The Life: Ria Sharon

If you got a nickle for every time you heard my story, you probably would be able to give up your day job, right? :)

I’m a single mom with a nine-year old girl in fourth grade and a seven-year old boy in second grade. I’ve been self-employed since 2002. In my previous pre-baby life, I worked as the creative director at a boutique design, the culmination of a career in marketing. I traded in the corporate gig for the flexibility — not just to be with my kids but to call the shots and do something meaningful.

So that’s what I do… for the last three years, I’ve built an honest to goodness career as a digital publisher. First in 2008, I launched My Mommy Manual with Suzanne Tucker. When we first conceived this partnership, we wanted to take what Suzanne was already doing in St. Louis to support new and expectant moms and take it online. With her help, we built this humble website into a multi-media platform and the resource we envisioned, both online and off.

Earlier this year, I got together with Jen Lemen who I met on Twitter last year. We had just completed a big project and decided to move forward and launch Hopeful World Publishing — to create learning experiences that guide people through transitions and personal growth. It’s true — I get to help other people create meaning!

Our first offering was a collaboration with Brené Brown on a class called Ordinary Courage: Lessons in Love Shame and Worthiness. Right now, we are running the third (and last in 2011) session of this class.

I’ve got this great flexible gig. I call the shots, most of the time. I make meaning. Is there such a thing as a typical day?! Well maybe not but I can share A DAY, non-typical as it is.

Right now, Jen and I are developing content for six classes to launch in the next six months. So it’s crunch time and Jen is flying into town to get it done!!!

6:00 am Wake up, make lunches, make breakfast. This is an hour earlier than normal because my daughter has her class overnight camping trip — first ever!

7:15 am Get kids and luggage out the door in time to get my girl on the touring bus and my boy to school. I stand with the rest of the parents, snapping pics of this milestone. I ask my girl if

8:30 am Back home to respond to emails at hopefulworld.org and a post for Mom Crunch.

10:00 am Essential meeting at Bissinger’s Chocolatier. This kind of productivity requires serious chocolate.

11:30 am – 3:30 pm Design classroom for new HopefulWorld.org class. It’s brutal doing this on a deadline but man, it’s so much fun and it’s beautiful!

3:30 – 4:30 pm Pick up my son. Pick up pizzas for soccer team fundraiser.

5:00 pm Go to the airport to pick up Jen. So excited! So her plane is a little delayed and there’s a little traffic but we finally get to Noodles & Co. and chow down on comfort food.

8:30 pm Back home. Put my boy to bed. Time to crank it out. Jen and I sit side-by-side on the couch — writing, editing, curating images… late into the night.

1 am Power down the laptops. Roll into bed. #Happy.

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