Meet Katy Mom, Maria Ashworth!
Maria is a children’s book author and Katy mama of two and giant blended family! We sat down with Maria to chat about her career as a writer, what she loves most about Katy, and journey in motherhood. Read her interview below:
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Katy?
Originally Long Island, New York. When I got married at 22 I moved to New Hampshire for 15 years prior to coming to Texas in 2001.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Brook(Girl) 21, Aaron 22, 5 step children (13, 17, 23, 33, 35) AND 5 grand-babies.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
That I’ve had 13 pregnancies and have only two children, 21 and 22 yo
Favorite local things to do in Katy?
Love to get a taste of home when I can and there are some good local spots. A good New York bagel and breakfast at Bagel Café or for New York pizza, lunch at Rosa’s. We also love wine tasting at any local pub then taking in a movie in the recliner seats at Cinemark.
What’s your favorite thing about Katy?
That it’s the suburbs but right outside and easy access to the city of Houston.
Do you have a favorite family friendly restaurant in the area?
You can’t beat Chick-Fil-A and great Mexican food at Alicia’s!
What is your go-to activity for yourself for pampering or for fun?
Cinco Ranch Spa is always a treat!
Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
Oh, my gosh, in a pinch and short on time, my family still doesn’t know I recently have substituted Tyson shredded chicken in their meals. The say it’s the best chicken they’ve ever eaten as I shove the Tyson bag deeper into the trash.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I am a children’s author who has 6 books published. I recently created my own publishing imprint called Big Belly Book Co. I just signed on my first author.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I’ve built relationships with many here. Especially Macaroni Kids. We collaborated together along with local businesses and created a big bash for Step-families two years ago. It was amazing to see us all come together to celebrate. Building relationships is instrumental in any business.
What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?
Be organized. Leave lists. Know when to stop and listen. Carve time out for yourself. And ask for help when you need it.
What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
That no matter what, you can take a “no” and turn it into a “yes.”