shelley delayneI love interviewing the great women around Austin, but today’s interview was something special.  MomCom 2014 Howdy Honda scholarship winner Shelly Delayne did this interview WHILE chasing an energetic 19 month old toddler!  Impressive, right?

You’ll be even more impressed when you read her answers. I can’t wait to meet this lady at MomCom next month!

Shelley, women have lots of different reasons for registering for MomCom. Why did you want to go to MomCom 2014?

I’m pretty new to Austin (one year), and still pretty new to being a mom (19 month old girl) and MomCom seemed like a good place to reconnect with my Self and maybe make some like-minded friends.

(Oh yes, Shelley, this IS the place for finding that lost or hiding Self! That’s actually a perfect description of what we’re shooting for!)

Have you been to a MomCom event before? 

 Nope. Wanted to go last year, but we had just moved and I had no one I trusted to watch my baby.

What’s the biggest or most exciting new thing in your life right now?

Everything is new-ish right now… new city, new kid, new company (my husband’s, not mine, though I work with him presently)

Tell me about your dream job. And no, it doesn’t have to be realistic — dare to really dream!

My dream job is kinda wacky: handbinding one-of-a-kind books; some with original, otherwise unpublished stories by known authors; proceeds to go to literacy and arts education non-profit. Though I have lots of wacky daydreams: Like running a business incubator for mompreneurs — a coworking space with childcare on-site and business guidance/education/resources.

(LOVE this answer!  What cool dreams!)

Tell me about your daughter…anything you want to share.

Only have one! She’s 19 months old and amazes me every single day. I never thought I’d be a mom, and I didn’t have much experience with/exposure to kids before having one… so I’m finding the whole journey fascinating and awesome. And gooey.

 Where are you from orginally?

 Born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Several generations there — I left at 18; lived in Kansas City, Santa Fe, NM, and Los Angeles before moving to Austin.

Where are you living now?

South Austin, near Brodie/Slaughter.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress. (Which I did actually do for a living for a while. Realized I love acting and storytelling, but not so much the business of it.)

Anything else you want to share?

Ummm… I can’t think of anything. I dance tango for fun, whenever I can get out. I love to read. I was a completely nerdy kid and have spent most of my adult life as a freelance graphic designer (read: alone at my computer), so I’m still a bit shy & terrified of events like MomCom but I’m excited to take a deep breath and come anyway!


It was great to “meet” you, Shelley!  I’m looking forward to getting to know you in person next month, too. (It’s so much fun meeting women at their first MomCom event! They are always amazed at the connections they make and the inspiration and wisdom coming from the speakers.) I know that Shelley is going to love it, despite the nerves! Deep breath, and #MomUp!