Singer & Songwriter Lisa Loeb:
“Be nice! My mother tells us that all the time. I take it as advice to treat people with respect, whether it’s in the tone or content of what you’re saying or doing. I also think sometimes it’s ‘nice’ to be direct and honest with people instead of beating around the bush.”
Lisa Loeb is Grammy-nominated singer & songwriter who kicked off her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. She recently released a new eyewear line in partnership with Classique Eyewear, her second children’s book “Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking” came out April 2, and her new adult studio album, “No Fairy Tale” was released February 5. Lisa and her husband, Roey Hershkovitz, are the parents to Lyla Rose, 3, and Emet Kuli, 9 months.
Author Anita Hughes:
“The best advice I’ve ever received is to be yourself. It sounds simple, but it’s really not. As someone whose primary role is being a mother (other than being a writer) one often feels like one has to be super mom — on the front lines cheering at every game, always volunteering in the lunch line — to be a good mom. I’m not a terrific soccer mom, I don’t make mouth watering school lunches, I’m not good at organizing classroom parties. But there are many things I am: I am always there for my children and put them before anything, I create a warm and positive home environment where they are encouraged to read and study and sometimes just hang out and watch television. I believe one can accomplish anything if you try hard enough and I pass that on to them. Once I let myself be myself, I became a better person and a better mother. Being myself also means allowing myself to be happy — and children want happy parents more than anything.”
Anita Hughes is the author of Monarch Beach, Market Street and Lake Como. She’s also the mother of five children (with husband, Thomas Hughes of Thomas Hughes Films). You can visit Anita at www.anitahughesbooks.com.
Yoga Instructor Elizabeth Folk Blanchard:
“The best advice I’ve ever been given is that “this too shall pass.” Growing up, I experienced a multitude of heartache in a short amount of time. As a child, I thought it would continue. I thought my world was over. As I grew up, I figured out that the memory of pain could last a lifetime but the experience of it, actually feeling it, fades…sometimes just enough to make it bearable. You can grow and you can learn from these moments. Or you can take the lesser road and stay in that pain, not let it pass and let it stop you from living. Me, I choose to live!”
Elizabeth Folk Blanchard is a Los-Angeles based yoga instructor and the mother of three children who “like most moms, is constantly looking for new ways to have it all…a clean house (relatively), well-rounded kids and a happy marriage. Yes, it’s possible!” Her classes can be found at www.cityyoga.com.
Event Designer & Producer Lisa Vorce:
“The best advice I ever got came from Walt Whitman. (Okay, he didn’t tell me personally, it came from reading one of his poems!). In “Song of the Open Road,” he wrote, “Allons! whoever you are, come travel with me!…Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the book on the shelf unopen’d….”
I remember reading these lines and being inspired. It was a turning point for me. It helped me take the leap to blend my two passions — my love of travel and my desire to create incredible events. I took my event planning skills on the road, and now I produce events throughout the world. The experience of creating destination events , from Indonesia to Mexico to Vietnam, is so invigorating and joyful for me. It is an incredible feeling to be able to translate this experience for my clients. When I’m on the road, I often recall Walt’s words, and I feel so happy to be actively living my life.”
Lisa Vorce is the owner and creative director of Lisa Vorce Event Design & Production. She has produced events throughout the world for clients including politician, actors and NBA superstars. She’s also the Creative Director for the Theo Boutique, a one-stop shopping site for all things beautiful in the event planning world.
Photographer Silvana di Franco:
“My mom always told me that I’d get further in life with good manners than with any college degree alone. I feel that basic manners include listening to people and abandoning all narcissism of any kind. The magic words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ go so far, and eye contact and a firm (but feminine if you’re a woman) handshake make for an unforgettable first meeting.”
Silvana di Franco is a wedding and event photographer based in California. She photographs using both film and digital cameras, and her luminous images have been published by San Francisco Brides, Style Me Pretty, The Wedding Chicks and Snippet & Ink to mention a few. She and husband Dean Stubbings are the parents of son Luca, 8. You can see more of her work at www.silvanadifranco.net.
Photograph of Lisa Loeb by Justine Ungaro. Photograph of Anita Hughes by Sheri Geoffreys. Photograph of Elizabeth Blanchard courtesy of Elizabeth. Photograph of Lisa Vorce by Joel Serrato. Photograph of Silvana di Franco by Nina Mullins.