Here at LiveMom, we love meeting new moms (and dads) doing interesting things around town. Our monthly Feature series give us an excuse to learn more about these hardworking Austinites , and this month, we’re happy to present to you Anne Hebert. Thanks to Howdy Honda for supporting local mamas by sponsoring our monthly Local Mama Feature series.
I can’t remember exactly when I met Anne, but it seems that I met her through six degrees of Wendi Aarons. I do know that Anne is kind, passionate about her work, and generous, and it’s a calming experience just to be near her. After completing this interview, I kind of want to set her up with a cooking competition, Chopped-style, since that’s one of her secret talents!
LiveMom: How long have you lived in Austin, and what brought you here?
Anne: I’ve lived in Austin since 1992, and I grew up in Georgetown, just up the road.
LiveMom: How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?
Anne: I have two boys, ages 15 and 12.
LiveMom: What is your idea of a perfect day with the family in Austin?
Anne: Breakfast at Julio’s Café in Hyde Park, a bike ride around the Austin State Hospital campus, a field trip to somewhere off the beaten path and a picnic next to the LBJ Library fountain. Or a day on a boat. (Note to self: make more friends with boats)
LiveMom: If you had 24 hours to yourself in Austin, how would you spend it?
Anne: I would start with breakfast tacos and a large iced tea, meet a friend for a walk, have lunch at one of the countless new restaurants I haven’t tried, check out a cultural destination or exhibit, do something good for the community, and then meet more friends for queso and margaritas.
LiveMom: What do you like best about Austin? What would you change, if you could?
Anne: I love its creative and entrepreneurial soul. I would slow down its growth, or at least make sure that the city’s growth preserves its unique character—from its historic and iconic buildings, to its funky neighborhoods to its eclectic mix of people.
LiveMom: What’s one piece of unsolicited advice you’d give to a new mom?
Anne: Ask for help if you need it. People are always willing to help. That goes for anything professional as well as personal.
LiveMom: What is the best thing one mom can do for another?
Anne: Reach out. Connect. Share your fears, challenges and concerns. I think women are better at finding common ground and creating solutions to problems, and the world needs a lot more of that right now.
LiveMom: What kind of music do you like? Any local musicians? Kids musicians?
Anne: I love pretty much anything I hear on KUTX. Carrie Rodriguez is a dear friend and a favorite local musician. It’s been a while since we listened to kids’ music, but Joe McDermott was a big hit and we still quote his songs.
LiveMom: What’s the best way to keep up with what you are up to next?
Anne: Meet me for coffee!
LiveMom: What might we be surprised to learn about you?
Anne: Most nights when I start to fall asleep I remember the dream I was having when I woke up that morning. Anybody else do this?
LiveMom: What is your job, what is your title, and what do you love about your job?
Anne: I am a freelance marketing consultant and content creator. I’ve been on my own for almost 22 years, and I love the flexibility, the ability to work on a wide variety of projects and the chance to meet amazing people who are working to make the world a better place. One of my main clients right now is the Science Mill, a nonprofit science museum housed in an 1880s mill in Johnson City, Texas.
LiveMom: Do you have any charitable organizations you like to work with/ donate to/ volunteer for locally?
Anne: I am a regular volunteer for Keep Austin Fed, a nonprofit organization that gathers nutritious surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to area charities. I love taking people with me on my weekly food run to show them how easy it is to keep healthy food out of the landfill and get it to people who need it. If anyone’s interested in learning more, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LiveMom: What is your secret talent?
Anne: I can make a meal out of anything I find in the pantry, freezer or fridge. I’m not saying it will be great, but if it enables me to avoid the grocery store for one more day, then it’s a winner.
Any social media links or sites you want to promote?
Also, since early 2016, I’ve been writing and posting a series about regular people doing good things to help others and build bridges. I just post them on my own social channels and put them on this website, but I invite you to take a look here: http://www.peopledogoodthings.org.
Thanks to Howdy Honda, Austin’s top rated Honda store according to Yelp.com, for sponsoring this month’s Local Mama Feature. Stop by to speak with one of their trained Honda experts in sales and service to help answer your questions and make you feel at ease with your vehicle purchase experience. They have been our neighbor of over 30 years and sell new, used and certified pre-owned Hondas. Go see them!