The Washington, DC area is full of amazing moms. There are working moms, stay-at-home moms, single moms, moms of multiples, foster moms, adoptive moms, etc. We want to highlight some of those moms like Anchyi Wei! Each month we will feature one special mom as the mom of the month. Know a fellow amazing local mom here? Nominate them here!
Meet our August Mom of the Month: Anchyi Wei
Anchyi Wei is a celebrated fashion and lifestyle digital creator, stylist, photographer and user interface designer residing in Washington, D.C. As a former Washingtonian Stylesetter and DC Modern Luxury Woman of Style, she encourages others to unleash their individual creativity and not be afraid of their authentic selves. Through her beautiful visual diary on social media (instagram @anchyi/website: Anchyi Adorned), she shares a colorful window into her passion for fashion, international travel, global cultures and conscious lifestyle.
As a full-time working mom, Anchyi balances her two jobs as a user interface designer and content creator, while being a parent to her 8-year-old son. In 2021 she held the crown of Mrs. DC America, and finished as a semi-finalist in the Mrs. America pageant—her very first on-stage pageant experience. While initially joining the pageant to represent Asian Americans and diversity, the experience ultimately taught her so much more. Through this she saw the power of women supporting women. Plus, the tremendous growth coming from challenging yourself to do something out of your norm. FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. As a timid child growing up, she’s now ready to challenge more fear!
Here is our Q&A with Anchyi Wei:
1. What is the best advice you have women that are looking to utilize their skillsets from their professional workplace and expand it beyond for entrepreneurial use?
Look at what you’re good at and really enjoy doing. What do your coworkers always come to you for? What excites you and makes you want to learn/do more of? The great thing about having worked in a professional workplace is that it sharpens your communication, interpersonal, and skills on being professional. I realized how important this was after being around creatives and entrepreneurs who never had a desk job. For me personally, having dealt with numerous federal clients at my day job, understanding the design process, communicating effectively through email, and working with project deadlines all have helped me become more successful at my entrepreneurial pursuit of building my personal brand.
2. Which leadership trait has served you well?
Not being a micromanager—that’s for sure! I believe that the best leaders are confident enough to want those who are smarter than them to work for them.
2. How does parenthood serve as a training ground for leadership (and not a career ender)?
The resilience of motherhood makes us capable of anything—it really is the toughest job in the world! Talk about managing a team that doesn’t listen, always says no, and talks back to you all the time. It takes a true leader to be the bigger person, understand where they’re coming from, and not lose your cool. I still have so much to work on to improve in this area, but I would not have learned it any other way!
We are so grateful for this advice from Anchyi Wei, Mom of the Month.
Do you know an amazing mom? Nominate a mom of the month here!