- Headline:Real Housewives of Northern Virginia
- Key DifferentiatorSO, WHO'S BEHIND ALL THESE SHENANIGANS ANYWAYS...? Picture It's ME! I'm Andrea, a social media junkie with a thirst for being the first to know. When I'm not at my full time 9-5 or running after my 5 year old, you can find me mingling at events around Northern Virginia and supporting local businesses. I also own a social media consulting firm, Socially Fused, where I work with businesses to get the most out of their social media platforms. I am known to host events celebrating my blog, tastings at restaurants, fashionable summer block parties, networking at fancy hotels, and of course, philanthropic events to give back to the community. I also share tales of local getaways, entertainment within 100 miles or less, and delicious recipes. You can always come hang out with me and the RHNOVA community at one of our monthly meet-ups on the last Thursday of each month! One of my FAVORITE things about this blog is connecting and networking with fabulous women in Northern Virginia and sharing the profiles of women in business in Northern Virginia through the Leading Ladies series on this blog. Since I'm always asking others to answer these questions... I think it's time I share about myself! Here goes nothin'! Describe yourself in three words: Extrovert, sassy, hard-working What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Starting my own company, Socially Fused. Through my blog, I have met so many business owners who need help with their social media presence online. Social media is something that I grew up with and it comes so naturally to me - I'm lucky to be doing what I love! What are your professional goals for the next six months? To expand my business and my blog. RHNOVA on steroids in 2014! How does your company stay connected through social media? I am constantly active on social media. Update, update, update! What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I would love to be a wedding planner... How do you maintain a work/life balance? There is no such thing as a work/life balance. I have an awesomely supportive family who helps me every step of the way. Without my family having my back, I wouldn't be able to get anything done. What websites do you visit every day? Facebook, WTOP, WOOT What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia? The TITANIC at Trummer's on Main in Clifton. What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia? Tie between Burke Lake Park and Frying Pan Farm Park: anything that makes my son happy makes me happy! My neighbors: Wine nights on the deck, camping trips, cooking lessons, poker tournaments, bonfires on Friday nights - they are the best. Fairfax Corner: We love the restaurants, small businesses, and the fountain in the summer :) What is your goal for retirement? To retire before 60 and travel! Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company? 1. Find a mentor who knows what you're up against. It is so great to have someone that is just willing to listen to what you are going through - and it helps if they've already been in that situation themselves. 2. Know the value of your time and your worth. 3. And... don't forget to dream BIG.
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