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The Fabologie founder shares her insights.

Adi Heyman is a master of mixing. She blends her love of avant garde fashion with her family’s Orthodox Jewish traditions of modesty; she mixes motherhood and work, blogging from home while caring for her four­ year ­old son. After converting to Judaism as a teen with her parents and three siblings, Adi moved to New York to attend a Jewish college and fell in love with fashion in the process.

She worked full ­time in the industry throughout her 20’s. “I felt accepted in that world and a strong sense of belonging,” she says. “I loved the projects and the challenges.” At 22, she married her husband and welcomed his large, tight ­knit, Orthodox Jewish family, readily embracing their traditions and synthesizing them with her family’s own. “I was leading this incredible life, working all week and then rushing home to make Shabbat,” she says. “It was a big mix of influences. It worked for me, and I loved it.”

At 30, Adi and her husband were excited to start a family, but she knew that she wouldn’t want to continue working at the same fast pace. “I felt fulfilled by my work and I was passionate about it, but I knew it would be very difficult to give my family 100 percent and give my job 100 percent at the same time.”

Excited by the idea of blending her two worlds—fashion and her faith—she was inspired to start a Jewish lifestyle blog spotlighting modest trends in mainstream fashion. “My husband is my best friend and my biggest advocate. From the start, he supplied steadfast support of all my endeavors—as a wife, mother and ‘Fabologist.’”

Launching Fabologie not only allowed her to engage fully in her community and bridge the gap between Orthodox Judaism and the fashion industry, but it also allowed her to be fully present at home. “I don’t know if true ‘balance’ exists, but if you can do work you’re passionate about and feel fulfilled in your family life, to me, you have succeeded,” she says. She shares her thoughts on living purposefully, mindfully and, well, fully.

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