Today we’d like to introduce you to Antonette Slobodian.
Hi Antonette, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Great things can happen during the darkest moments. It was March of 2020, I was working at one of the top kitchen stores in the US, which I called “my home away from home.” I adored every single person I worked with; they were like my family. I enjoyed going to work every day. I truly loved meeting new people and having great connections and conversations with them. I made families happy by providing great service and finding them exactly what they needed for their home sweet home! I knew how to sell, and I was good at it! Then Bam!!! The world shut down and like most people, I found myself at home scared of what would happen next.
I am a proud mother of two wonderful boys, a new teen and a seven-year-old. I am also the wife of an extremely (and I emphasize the word extremely) hard-working husband. While at home we had the best time learning about and cooking Filipino dishes, dancing to our favorite songs (while exercising), and just enjoying our home and environment. We really appreciated every moment of just being together. I have been a working mom for 13 years, and to be home with my boys was such an amazing time. My husband was a bedside nurse at the time, and he was caring for the sick while ensuring his family was safe too.
As retail stores were slowly opening back up, my store only opened for a couple of months before it permanently closed its doors. However, the day before virtual school started in September of 2020, it happened to be the last day my store would be open for business. I was sad at first and wondered what was next, but this was a sign that it was time for me to stay home and be there to support my boys with their schooling and manage our home.
This is when I created my mom’s blog, QualityofWifeandBoys on Instagram. I have three older sisters who always encouraged me to start my own blog, but I didn’t really have the time or thought I could do it. Until now…I was inspired by so many local and international bloggers on Instagram. Seen Magazine had an article about all of the mom blogs to follow and I started to follow all of them. I grew a deep passion for taking photos of the boys, my husband, my dogs (even the squirrels we feed in the backyard), and everything around me. I also am a self-taught video editor for all of the mini vlogs we did around town, which is so much fun! I discovered this is something I love doing! While being a stay-at-home-mom, I found my passions and creativity through writing, producing videos, and just having fun in our city!
Then, I saw Detroit Moms (Detroitmoms.com) was looking for new writers! I jumped at this opportunity and applied and sent them one of my funny mom reels (The one about socks being everywhere). And just like that, I saw the email that I was selected! It was very surreal to me because I have always been a Detroit Mom fan and loved everything they are passionate about and represent in our city. And now, you can find me as one of their writers. I am learning so much with this amazing group of women. They are a wonderful community of diverse moms from any season in their lives who understand it all and may have experienced what our readers are going through right now.
While all of the blogging and home management definitely kept this mom busy, I honed into a lot of my own interests, which led me to volunteer at our church. One day at mass, the musical director was looking for singers for services and I love to sing and decided to spend more time doing what I love to do while sharing one of my talents with my community. The more time I spent at church the more people I met and became connected to them and recognized that I need this connection. Both of my boys are going through big sacraments this year, Communion and Confirmation. When I signed them up for religious education, the educational director was looking for someone to teach 3rd Grade Catechism. I looked at my schedule and thought “Yes, I can do this.” I never taught kids before, except on my own, but I am very animated, and kids love me! To be honest, the year is almost over, and I fell in love with learning about religion again and sharing my faith with the children. Being part of the church community has provided me with comfort and gratification to be the best “Me.”
I am American-Filipino, my parents came here in the 70s, and nourished my sisters and me with our culture. Our children both share Filipino and Ukrainian cultures. My husband and I want to instill values in them, so they can grow and be who they want to be. I want them to know who they are, where they came from, and how they got here. I decided to be more present in my Filipino Community by becoming a board member for US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) a Filipino Community group to which my parents belonged. I have a knack for entertaining and being social and providing myself and our boys with the culture enables us to do this by learning something new. There are so many wonderful events this group coordinates for cultural awareness that are open to everyone.
During all of this, with my educational background in Journalism, minor in Fashion Merchandising, experience in retail management, and the inspiration of all the women around me, I have a couple of passion projects in the making. I Find Fashion for You is a styling service, an online reselling business that sells pieces that are unique or items that are fun or fashionable and a local boutique supporter. Fun Fit Detroit is all about dancing while having fun! I had a heart condition as a child and being healthy while having fun is genuinely important to me. Check out both on Instagram and Facebook. They are both in progress, but my best advice to everyone and myself is Never stop Dreaming!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I laugh now because looking back while I was in the thick of everything, I was just doing what I thought I needed to do, while in reality…everything I did the past 2 years made me who I am now. It definitely was not a smooth road, I am still growing, transitioning, and evolving into a better mom, wife, and daughter…Person. The struggle for balance was missing. The struggle for support was missing. The struggle of asking for help was missing. The question of “Am I doing the best job?” was a struggle. In the end, the best thing is to be “You” and embrace who “You” are.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My teen thought SAHM stood for Socially Active Home Mom because I am active and passionate with everything I do. I love creating for my Instagram, which is about Family, Fun, being Filipina, and Fashion. I am focusing on my passion projects. With, I Find Fashion for You, I get excited when I make people feel great about themselves. It’s my passion to mix and match pieces that are new and old and it doesn’t have to be designer brands or break the bank account. I am building my clientele for Fun Fit Detroit which is about “Establishing Fun in Fitness to bring Sexy Back” (I am a Justin fan). Fun Fit Detroit is little about fitness and more about having fun and dancing to top 40 songs from all decades, especially to songs from the 2000s (eeek my heyday). It is also bringing the community together and making people feel good about themselves. The thing I am most proud of is overcoming my fears and recognizing you have to embrace change, no matter how difficult it may be. What sets me apart from others is that I lead with compassion in everything I do.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
The best advice I can give to anyone who is starting out is, to surround yourself with a great environment. From the moment you wake up until your head hits that pillow! Fill your day with beauty and positivity. I wish I knew more about how to balance it all. I am still learning every day.
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