LTYM: Who IS Fadra?
Fadra: I’m a wife, mother, writer, blogger, marketer, explorer, do-gooder, and lover of life. I was born in Maryland, lived in Ohio and North Carolina, and recently made my way back to my Maryland where I’m living the suburban life just outside of Baltimore.
I’ve been married for almost 14 (yikes!) years and we’re raising an amazing 7 year old little boy who is funny, smart, stubborn, and likes video games just a little too much. Just like his mother. Although it wasn’t our intention, he’ll probably be the dreaded only child in our family but I’m finally okay with that.
I spent many years in the corporate world before starting my blog, All Things Fadra, in 2009 as a way to showcase my writing. It turns out blogging is my passion because above all else, I’m a storyteller.
LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?
Fadra: I’ve admired Ann Imig, LTYM National Director from afar for many years, even before there WAS a LYTM. I saw so many of my friends being a part of the show in cities around the country, saying it was a life-changing experience. When I heard the show was going to be in Baltimore, I just knew I wanted to be a part of it.
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?
Fadra: I often tell my son “Just stop being so 5 (or 6 or 7).” We both laugh because it’s a reminder in the moment that whatever major annoyance he’s got going on (and let’s face it – kids have a lot of them), it’s probably age appropriate and I’m just getting too old.
LTYM: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
Fadra: One of my very favorite posts is also one of my most popular, The Comments You Never See. I wrote is as part of an awareness campaign for Shot@Life, an organization that supports global vaccinations. No matter how many twists and turns the online world takes, the reason why I continue to blog is the genuine connections I make with people out there. Rereading that post from time to time reminds me of why I keep writing.
LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just “mom”?
Fadra: My mother and I have had a volatile relationship over the years. We argue, we make up, we do it all over again. But as I’ve gotten older, the arguments have faded. Instead, we usually just talk. Once we let the barrier crumble, we started seeing each as people and I discovered that, yes, we do inevitably become our mothers no matter how hard we try not to.
LTYM: What do you wish most for your son?
Fadra: I can’t think of a better gift a parent can give their child than unconditional love and the hope for health and happiness. I take raising a little person very seriously and hope one day he sees himself as a citizen of the world and finds a way to give back.
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