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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:26 pm | Updated: 3:34 pm, Thu May 24, 2018.

"Be sure to take care of yourself first. Then, you will be happy and healthy to take wonderful care of your family."

Mom to Caroline, age 6, Charlotte, age 5, Ellie, age 2, Washington, D.C.

Nominated by Allison Fitzsimmons:

Elizabeth is the kindest person I know. She’s passionate about charity, her family, friends and life. When my husband unexpectedly had two hip reconstruction surgeries, Elizabeth hadn’t even known me for five months – yet she still reached out to me. She checked in daily, brought us multiple meals, and helped me manage time with my daughter. I’ve never had a friend show that much concern for my family and me, especially a new friend. She has taught me so much about being a mom. I’ve watched her manage her family with passion, love and ease. She is truly a blessing to have as a friend and a D.C. mom.

Q&A with Elizabeth Reid

Occupation:

Consultant, Beautycounter

Three fun facts about you and your family:

1. I am from Texas. I love where I come from, so all of our girls were born on Texas soil, but in D.C. (we put a jar of Texas dirt under my hospital bed).

2. All of my girls were born in the same hospital room at Georgetown University, just by coincidence.

3. On the weekends, we love exploring D.C. and being tourists in our own city. We especially love hiking in Rock Creek Park.

What advice would you give to new or expectant moms?

Be sure to take care of yourself first. Then, you will be happy and healthy to take wonderful care of your family.

What goals do you have for yourself?

My main goal is to be the best wife and mother. If I am the best version of myself, then I can be the best for my family.

What are three things you use every day that you can’t live without?

My alarm clock, running shoes and my giant purse stashed with all my hidden snacks, treasures and wipes.

How do you unwind and disconnect?

I love to exercise, and running is my outlet. When I exercise, I am able to reboot and get a clear head. As parents, we have many challenges — I need to know that I can think clearly. Exercise helps, as does a glass of wine at the end of the day.

What is your secret to balancing life/family/work/motherhood?

Balancing life is hard enough. Adding in family, home and work makes it crazier! But, I am a wife and mother first, and then comes work. There are no secrets — I just take it one day at a time. We have good days and not-so-good days, but that’s life. There is always tomorrow to get it back on track. I love taking care of my family and I love being a consultant at Beautycounter, so I try and make it all work.

How has motherhood helped you succeed at work?

Keeping my family safe is my No. 1 job. Being a consultant for Beautycounter has opened my eyes to being an educated consumer. I have had two melanomas and an autoimmune disease, and I want to make sure my kids don’t have the same problems. Beautycounter has created safer, high-performing products for the whole family by banning the use of over 1,500 questionable and harmful chemicals or toxins in our products. I love being a part of this company that is making a change.