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Nicole Dash
Nicole Dash, founder and CEO of Connect Authentically, LLC, is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2009 started a home-based daycare and enjoyed success as a small business owner. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and caring for children. This is when she discovered her authentic voice and became an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. One of her essays was recently published in an anthology about friendships called The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship. Nicole is currently using her authentic voice to write a book, which she plans to publish in late 2014. Feel free to contact Nicole directly. You can also connect with Nicole on Twitter and on Facebook.

Entries by Nicole Dash

10 Lessons Learned As a Startup Entrepreneur

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:24 PM

I have been a business owner for more than 7 years -- first as a child care business owner and most recently as a digital marketing and communications consultant. With each business I have faced challenges and learned important lessons about what it means to be in business for yourself.

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Hiding Behind the Suburban American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:43 AM

When I was young I spent a lot of my time thinking and worrying about what came next. I was always in a hurry -- pushing myself to get that next thing -- whether it was a bigger home, a pay increase or another child. I felt like I was...

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Losing Daddy

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Grief is like a heavy invisible fog that settles around you and lifts you from the earth. You float while everyone else keeps on walking as if nothing has changed. But for you and your family, everything is different. Nothing else matters. The bank, your job, your bills, the dishes,...

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5 Tips to Communicate Authentically in Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 12:13 PM


Think about the last time you went on a job interview or gave a presentation. Did you put thought and effort into your wardrobe? How about your hair or shoes? Did you select a professional looking briefcase or pen? Did you plan...

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Motherhood in the Workplace: I Was Asked to Tone-Down the 'Mommy Thing'

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 2:54 PM

I will never pretend I don't have children again.

My children are everything to me and being a mother is a huge part of my identity. It has been for almost 15 years. That is except for the one year I was asked by my former boss, who also happened...

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The Before School Battle Rages On

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 4:51 PM

This school year I decided to get organized. Not like last year when I scrambled every morning to find socks, clothes, shoes, pack lunches, brush hair, make breakfast... oh and welcome all the daycare children to my house one at a time.

Mornings were chaos and more than once there...

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Learn to See, Accept Your Perfectly Imperfect Child

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:58 PM

I remember when my oldest son was placed into my arms for the first time. He was perfect. His bald head, little ears and those first signs of dimples took my breath away. I knew he would be the most wonderful, perfect little boy the world has ever seen.


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Why I Never Assume Other Mothers Have It Together

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:24 PM

The petite blond woman with perfectly-in-place hair sat across from me in my still unfinished daycare space with her two tow-headed daughters in her arms. Her older daughter was 18-months-old and her second daughter was only 12-weeks-old. I was nervous because I needed to secure a couple of more contracts...

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An Open Letter to First-Time Mamas

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Dear First Time Mama,

Welcome to motherhood. Whether you prayed and planned your whole life for this moment or were unexpectedly thrust into this role, there are a few things I would love to share with you. There were so many truths I didn't understand as a first-time mama. These...

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