Janet Shalestik | Modern Women

“Emmy Award Winning television producer and extraordinary mom”
Janet is a “people person” who likes to find out what makes people tick. That quality has served her well as a former two time Emmy Award winning TV producer, and now in her home-based business with an international health and wellness company that helps people with physical, environmental and financial wellness. After many years of being a stay at home mom, she looked for a job that was flexible because she felt teenagers needed their moms at home as much as younger children. She found a way to achieve that balance. She is mom to Alison (17) and Sam (14).

How do you define modern motherhood?
Having the best of both worlds. It’s having a flexible job that allows you the time to be with your kids, attend their events, volunteer at their schools

– having the knowledge that you’re making a difference in their lives – all the while knowing you love your job and are getting paid to help people live healthier lives.
How do you differ from your own mother?

My mom, who is 87 years young, is the closest thing to an angel on this Earth. I’m not that angelic.

What traits do you admire in other moms?
Compassion, intelligence and a sense of humor.
What do you detest?
Closed-mindedness. Also, people who say they’re going to do something, and then don’t.
Biggest challenge
Getting all the things done that I need to do, and not beating myself up for falling short much of the time.
Biggest reward
The two sweet babies I nursed, are now awesome teenagers who are smart, funny and thoughtful (most of the time!)
How do you make time for yourself?
Sometimes I have to shove myself out the door to go to the gym – but I am ALWAYS glad I did.
Greatest accomplishment
When I was in my twenties, I thought my greatest accomplishment was winning two Emmy Awards as a producer for “Capital Edition” on WUSA-TV, Channel 9, and getting nominated for a national Emmy for an “America’s Most Wanted” story against producers for “Nightline”, “60 Minutes” and “20/20”. (When Sam was little, he used to think they were my basketball trophies! I’m 5’2” so I thought that was pretty funny.) As nice as those statues look in my family room, they can’t give me hugs, so they greatly pale in comparison to raising Alison and Sam, and seeing them grow up to be incredible human beings.

What will be your legacy?
To show my children that if life sometimes throws you curveballs; if your life doesn’t turn out like you once planned – that you can pick yourself up, and make the best of it. Be resilient and you’ll be stronger for it. Their Dad and I are separated after 21 years of marriage, and that’s been tough on all of us. Our lives will be different, but they’ll be extraordinary.

A few of her favorite things:
Favorite restaurant
Hands down – Sweetwater Tavern, Centreville.
Favorite Dish
Filet Mignon (at Sweetwater!)
What are you reading now?
“The Tender Bar” by J.R. Moehringer (Susan Carlson’s pick)
Favorite designer
Don’t have one. I shop at T.J. Max.
Favorite beauty item
Water. Lots of it.
Best place to visit
San Diego, to visit my beautiful Mom – a former Jersey Girl.
Advice for other Moms
Be open-minded. Live life with a glass half-full attitude.
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1 Comment

  1. Janet –
    Loved the article…you are a smart, witty, kind, determined, beautiful Mother and friend!
    All the best –

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