Carmen Garcia-Shushtari

Contributing Writer
Carmen Garcia-Shushtari
Carmen is an educational professional with over 20 years of experience working as a teacher, university administrator, and manager. However, her true love has always been writing and her work explores the joys and challenges of being a working mother while pursuing her own dreams. She is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a mom of two, and an LA native.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Education: UC Irvine & UCLA

Expertise

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Carmen is a firm believer in the saying, “All you need is love.” She enjoys writing about all matters of the heart and has always been a lover of words. Becoming a mother has redefined her existence and has given her a deeper understanding of what unconditional love truly is. Her writing explores the joys and challenges of being a working mother while pursuing her own dreams in the quest for a life filled with well-being and endless love. She writes the truth about motherhood—the good, the bad, and the lovely. As a contributing writer on The Everymom, she is passionate about empowering all mothers to embrace self-love and achieve their goals.

Experience

Carmen is a seasoned educational professional with over 20 years of experience working as a teacher, university administrator, and manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine and later received her Master’s degree in Higher Educational Administration from UCLA. One of the highlights of her career is being the cofounder of UCLA’s Working Mamas Collective—the first-ever working mothers’ support group at UCLA with a mission to empower mothers in the workplace. However, her true love has always been writing as evidenced by the short stories she would write in her diary as a little girl. In 2013, she started her blog, ShuGar Love, to document her interests in fashion, traveling, and art. After becoming a mother to her two sweet boys, her blog has evolved into a platform that discusses the balancing act of being a Latinx working mother while raising bilingual, multicultural children. In her role as contributing writer on The Everymom, she is honored to contribute to the stories, support, and resources which uplift all types of mothers.

Fun Stuff

Carmen is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, an LA native, and always on the hunt for the perfect, juicy taco. She enjoys all types of dancing and is slightly obsessed with bold fashion statements which mix patterns and unexpected color combinations. She is a true Beatles fan and even had her own Beatles-themed wedding! Most days you can find her juggling work while finding cheerful adventures in chasing after her two beautiful boys.

About The Everymom

She’s the seasoned mom, the new mom, the expecting mom. She’s trying to become a mom. Fierce, smart, always multi-tasking.

She is passionate about life, her family, and her own self-care. She wants to learn new things and seeks advice on everything from vacation planning to sleep training to prioritizing time for herself. She’s the working mom, the stay-at-home mom.

She needs a bit of guidance, she wants to be inspired.

She is The Everymom. This is for her.