Ana Hodges-Gazawi: My, She’s Fly!

Stop the presses! This just in: frugality and “green” living are…get this…NOT on opposing sides of the spectrum! Environmental consciousness and healthy eating habits can, in fact, be done on an everyday mama’s budget. Read on for insight on how this beautiful island-bred Execumama, hailing from Haiti, infuses green habits into her family’s life. Jot down a tip or two, won’t ya! Mother Earth and your body will thank you for it.

Name: Ana Hodges-Gazawi
Age: Mid-thirties
Execu-gig: Account Manager
Mama-gig: Blogger, Wife to “The Hubster”, and mom to two beautiful boys, 
”Tiger”(7) and “Tarr” (20 months), their blogosphere monikers.

Is your “day job” your passion? If it isn’t, what is?
Working as an account manager isn’t my passion. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve developed an attitude that in all situations I’m going to take the experience and learn something from it. My passion is to hold seminars in local schools to help them develop “green” curriculum in the classroom. Also I would like to own a crochet shop.

What (if anything) do you feel you have sacrificed in terms of career, to raise your children the way you see fit?

Interesting question. Before my first son was born I was really interested in working for the United Nations and was on the road to doing that. The first step in preparation for that was taking immersion courses in Spanish and French in Europe. That never happened because shortly before I was supposed to sign up for the program, I found out I was pregnant. I have absolutely no regrets that I didn’t get to fullfil that dream of long ago. My children are my greatest accomplishments.

What is the purpose of your blog, and what’s the message you strive to give?

In my blog I share about my experience as a mother and my journey for a greener lifestyle.

On Quiskaeya, I strive to show how being green really is a lifestyle decision. In my opinion it’s not a movement, trend or political cause. It’s about everyday living and what we all can do to incorporate it in our daily lives.

What are some of your biggest challenges as a working mother and how (if at all) do you overcome them?

For me, being patient is the biggest challenge. In my mind I’m a SAHM. lol! I guess because it was less than a year ago that I was one, so it’s still hard to accept that I’m not one anymore. Everything I’m working on now is in an effort to be a SAHM again….or more accurately a WAHM.

What are your 3 top tips to Execumamas for how to implement earth-friendly ideas into their lives?

Frugal, frugal, frugal – reuse, reduce and recycle. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Particularly, in this economy when everyone is looking for ways to save money, this is the best time to think green.

1. Reduce your use of electricity. Change all the light bulbs to energy efficient ones and you will see a significant decrease in your bill.

2. Conserve water. Fill a gallon milk jug with water and put it in your toilet’s water tank. It will greatly reduce how much water you use.

3. Decrease your showers to only 5 minutes and you will see additional water savings.

4. Decrease your gas consumption. By simply making sure you change the oil in your car every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first) you will help improve the gas mileage on your car. Also, if you make sure the tire pressure on your vehicle is at the properly level will help with gas mileage as well.

All these tips help with saving you money, but on the back end are also helping the environment.

The Execumama credo is “Define, Design and Live your FULLEST version of WOMAN!” How do you in particular strive to do that

This is a great question and I love that credo. For me being the fullest version of a woman means making sure that all the various facets of me are in harmony. That can be difficult at times. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, close friend (to some) and entrepreneur in the making. It’s a challenge to keep the different roles balanced but it’s my daily task to do so. I’m a Libra and we need balance. Some days I get it, other days I don’t. With God’s grace and mercy, everyday I try.