One part wonderful wife, two parts mom, and two parts business woman, Rebekah Wilbur is certainly worthy of the title Amazing MOM. Our April pick, Rebekah Wilbur, owner of Rebekah Namoi Cake Designs & piano instructor extraordanairre, is one inspiring lady you want to know.
Originally from the U.K., Rebekah’s modern day love story transported her to the US ten years ago, and she’s never looked back. An inspiration for internet fearing individuals everywhere, Rebekah met her husband, Michael, when researching study abroad programs in Massachusetts. After chatting online for quite some time, Michael made his way to England for a Master’s program where he and Rebekah moved in together, eventually returning to the states where they married, started a family and are currently settled outside of Washington, DC. Talking to Rebekah 10 years into their relationship, it is clear to see that this is one couple who has what it takes to last. Rebekah gushes that:
We share common goals and we work hard for each other- making the necessary sacrifices to help one another succeed at the things we are passionate about. He is calm, patient and understanding and I am driven and ambitious – he compliments my personality and brings the things to our relationship that I lack. We make a great team.
Rebekah’s support for her husband’s career kept her home with her kids since moving to the DC area. After her second, Teddy, came along, Rebekah found herself seeking a creative outlet beyond play dough. Known for her skills in the kitchen, Rebekah began exploring her cake decorating talents. In 2014 she launched her first business, Cakelicious. Rebekah’s elegant cake designs increased in popularity very quickly, edging out her children’s cake creations and causing her to relaunch her business with a new look and new name, Rebekah Namoi Cake Designs. Having undergone a full business transformation in just one year, Rebekah is finding herself the focus of more than her clients.
Her ambition and determination has led Rebekah’s creations into publications everywhere. You’ll find her work included as part of a bridal photo shoot with award winning event planners ‘Order and Organization’ in a Persian wedding themed spread in Washingtonian Magazine.
- Cake Geek Magazine.com
- Cake Masters Magazine
- American Cake Decorating Magazine
- Pretty Witty Cakes blog
With 3 1/2 year old Esme and 1 1/2 year old Teddy at her feet, Rebekah often has company in the kitchen. An expert in the art of distraction, and one of the most patient women around, she puts the kids to “work” churning out masterpieces of their own that “help” mommy complete her projects. Even with her kids meddling, she always manages to meet her deadlines.
Rebekah’s cake design business is not all she has going on. Her second business venture is musical, showcasing her life-long piano training. With 18 years of private piano training and a music performance degree in saxophone, clarinet and piano from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, BA Hons, Rebekah rocks it on the keyboard; teaching piano lessons to budding music stars. She works so well with those she tutors that word is rapidly spreading and Rebekah is quickly finding herself as an instructor in demand.
There’s more to Rebekah’s success than her skills. If you’re lucky enough to meet Rebekah, the first thing you’ll notice is that she has a presence that’s larger than life. From her astute posture to her genuine smile, Rebekah’s welcoming persona instantly puts you at ease and makes you feel you’re as fabulous as she is. She is confident and charismatic and her passion is contagious.
Although a go-getter, balancing life’s many demands, Rebekah’s a multifaceted lady just like you. She’s an iphone addict, and has to be. Work is not 9-5, in reality it never stops, and the social media savvy know that it takes a continuous presence to get ahead in the digital age. To stay on top of things, you’ll find Rebekah making important business moves on the go. So, although she may look like the distracted mom at the playground, she’s multitasking to the max, taking orders, communicating design ideas with clients and keeping current on social media all the while being there with her kids.
When she gets a little down time she tries to sneak away for a massage, or in a pinch takes a long hot bath all by her lonesome. She misses her make-up and feeling glamorous. As most stay at home moms of little ones can attest, it’s not easy making time for yourself, and Rebekah admits that she barely has time to brush her teeth let alone locate and put on make-up.
So, when the day is done, and Rebekah is beat, she does one thing for herself to help her remember that she is a beautiful woman; she straightens her hair in preparation for the day to come because she knows it is bound to be another busy one. And she’s grateful.
“I never dreamed of success, I worked for it.”- Estee Lauder
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