Westport mom of three and founder of Noa Health and Acupuncture, Iris is a true superstar in every sense of the word. Growing up in places ranging from Houston, TX to Anchorage, Alaska, Iris loves to travel, as does her family, though local trips to Mystic and Stonington remain family favorites. For as long as she can remember, Iris has been focused on healing, and with her husband Jonathan’s ALS diagnosis late last year, she is as determined as ever. Through a combination of cutting edge breathing techniques and local events, including one at the new MoCA Westport on 10/17, Iris and her family are fighting for every day of healthy living they can get. Iris is a rock, often trying to find the bright side of even very challenging situations, and we are hopeful our community can rally around Iris and her family as they continue their own healing journey.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are incredibly fortunate that Robyn Barger – Weston mom of two and recent breast cancer survivor – has shared her story with us. It is a story about being pro-active, brave, vulnerable, and strong, while inspiring hope. Just over one year ago, Robyn’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her journey to come out on the other side (filled with chemotherapy, hair loss, multiple surgeries and more), would not have been what It was without exercise, her friends and family, and her own unrelenting drive to be a survivor. Robyn’s story is raw…It is scary…It is real. But It is also a story about gratitude and one that should remind us women – and us moms – to trust our gut, to make ourselves a priority, and to never, ever give up.
With fashion and lifestyle bloggers having such a big voice in the world today, It is always exciting when you find out a true down to earth and rockstar one lives right around the corner! If you don’t know Jenna Crandall – or Lunchpails & Lipstick – check It out! Jenna began blogging in 2013 (originally in NYC), after having 3 kids in 3 years, as an outlet that allowed her to connect with others while exploring her passions, namely fashion, skincare, and travel! Jenna loves Westport and meeting new people all the time, through work and her kids, though she admits to being inherently quite shy. Jenna has been an esthetician for 15 years, and in another life would likely own a MedSpa. If you notice someone around town with sunglasses and a hat most of the time, It may just be her, so say hi; she is thrilled to be part of this welcoming and vibrant community, and we’re lucky to have her.
Whether you are considering heading back to work, looking to hire, or just looking for a shorter commute, Jasmine and Runa may be your answer! After leaving corporate jobs in the city, they moved to Westport with their families, and put their heads together to start conneCTalent, a local recruiting company focused on helping stay at home professionals re-enter the workforce, and/or find opportunities closer to home! In their spare time, both can be found at Compo Beach, and both cite persistence as their marked characteristic making them successful at what they do! As moms we know that creating opportunities for ourselves can be a challenge, so we are incredibly grateful for these two rockstar women for making this just a little bit easier!
Meet Dana! While some know her as the cheerleading wife of Chef Brian Lewis (think OKO and The Cottage), Dana is mom to twin 5 year old boys and a nurse practitioner with almost 20 years of experience, who recently opened her own practice, DPL Aesthetics! As her own skin became a primary focus, she recognized her desire to make taking care of your skin as accessible and simple as getting your hair or nails done. In her free time, she loves Compo Beach, visiting her family in Newfoundland (where she’s from), and date nights at Tavern at Grey Barns! For anyone who knows Dana, she is a powerhouse – authentic as it gets, humble, and incredibly driven. We can’t wait to support her on this next endeavor!
A self-proclaimed “hustler,” Emily just published her 6th novel – and first psychological suspense book – Pretty Revenge! After an early career in TV and then as Editor-in-Chief of a regional magazine, Emily decided to try writing her own book, and her success has been tremendous in a field many struggle to enter. When not writing, Emily loves boating with her family, eating delicious food (especially at a Bill Taibe restaurant!), and in another life would be a chef – or a therapist. Emily is a straight shooter – and as loyal a friend as they come. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is, and is thrilled to have the Westport community supporting in this exciting next step in her career! Are you a Kerrie or a Jordana? Check out her book to find out!