The show is now ONE MONTH away! Only halfway through our cast spotlights, we have some catching up to do. Today, we invite you to get to know Jennifer Andos! As usual, with a little Q&A…
LTYM: Who IS Jennifer?
Jennifer: I’m the mother of two amazing children, Paris and Alex, wife of 17 years to my wonderful husband Steven, and the owner of Paperfish Creative, a graphic design agency. I’m the oldest of four and loyal to all things Chicago, having spent 40+ of my years living Northwest of the city. My husband’s job brought us to Virginia. Having a digital job, I was able to bring it with me. Paperfish Creative, is the Home Based Business of the Year in Loudoun County, Virginia and it is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. I’m the leader of the Ashburn chapter of Femworking, a women’s mastermind group, member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and spend my free time volunteering for the PTA at my children’s schools. On a really good day, I have time to read or work on one of the two books I’m trying to write.
LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?
Jennifer: Nicole Dash, a past cast member and the owner of Play, Work or Dash – and 2017 sponsor of LTYM – is in Femworking with me, and she had posted the event on our Facebook page. With some encouragement from her, I auditioned.
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?
Jennifer: “MMWWAAHHRGGHH!! That’s the sound of your blueberries dying!” This came after a morning of me singing about salami and cheese while getting lunches ready for school. I like to make up little songs that I sing spontaneously to them. A couple of family favorites are “Can you burp for your Momma? Can you burp out loud?” and constantly changing lyrics to “Hush little baby, don’t say a word …” at bed time.
LTYM: When did you first start thinking of your mother as an individual and not just “Mom”?
Jennifer: My Mom does not cry. At least, we never saw her cry. She was in control of every situation, and no matter what was going on, she just kept going, like a machine. But the morning of my Grandmother’s wake, her mother-in-law, she had to speak at church for our Women’s Club, and she broke down. It’s the first time I saw her really show that loss does affect her, and that she had a great relationship with my Grandma.
LTYM: What do you expect from your children?
Jennifer: I expect my kids to be nice and polite to everyone, always. You never know what is going on with someone – even kids can have something huge going on that is affecting their behavior. Both of my children are naturally great at school. Being smart, I know, is something they were born with. But being nice to people is something everyone needs to learn and make an effort with. This is our family requirement. Be nice to everyone, always.
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