Multi-tasking Super-Momma Maayan Sloan on planning, balancing & finding enough time in the day
Meet Maayan Sloan: a multi-tasking super-momma who has dedicated her days to work with teachers and students to express their creativity through innovative technology and maker experiences, all while being a personal stylist on the side. (Can you say, amaze!)
Mama Maayan is a fierce working mom trying to make it work with the help of her “daily dose of inspiration,'“ her husband, and littles in this crazy world. Read more about her story and get to know this fellow Chaotic Commuter below!
Name: Maayan Sloan
Kid(s): Two little crazies Jeffrey (4), Rilynn (2.5)
Official work title and company: I am a Technology Integration Specialist at a middle school, and a Peach Personal Stylist helping women find clothes that make them feel confident, comfortable, and to elevate their everyday.
Location: Chicago, IL
Tell us more about you.
In addition to being a mom, I love to cook, travel (although that doesn’t happen as much as I’d like), exercise and be busy! We love to explore play spaces, stay active, and hang with friends. It’s exhausting, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
For work, I have the pleasure of working with many teachers and students as a Technology Integration Specialist, and helping them express their creativity and build critical thinking skills through utilizing innovative technology and maker experiences. On the side, I also share my love for Peach--an athleisure apparel brand designed to be versatile for gym, work & play.
Fun Fact: For a recent school activity I had to give myself a hashtag, and it was #wearsmanyhats!
What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?
My biggest challenge as a working mom is time!! Finding enough time in a day or a week to get all my work, household chores, errands done, while still making time for playing, reading, and cuddling which in the end are the most important things.
My biggest reward is giving my kids a positive role model. I love that they understand that how hard I work correlates with their happy life and that is so rewarding.
Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it?
I believe working mom guilt comes from our deep love for our children and our desire to give them everything we have.
I wish I knew the secret to overcoming it, I haven’t figured that out yet. But one way I overcome certain mom guilt moments is by reaching out to my tribe. Having a supportive group of other working moms who reassure me that it’s okay to miss things, that my kids are happy and cared for, and that in the long run it’ll all be worth it helps me push those mom guilt thoughts out of my head!
What have you found to be the motivations and benefits for women that take on the extra stress and time crunch of combining work and family?
The benefits of taking it all on outweigh the challenges—that’s why we do it right? Showing my kids that you can do it all (or at least try to) is a major benefit. As crazy as life may be, if new opportunities arise that I am passionate about, I’m going for it! And I want them to always do the same. Secondly, the fulfillment of having an identity outside of the home is also important to me. I cherish my relationship with colleagues, students, and the amazing community I’ve built in both of my jobs.
What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?
Try to plan! I love to cook, I truly enjoy it, and it’s not something I want to give up just because there’s never enough time! So, I try to make a plan and grocery shop on Saturdays. I write my list on paper, and Jeffrey comes with me. I tell him what item I grab, and he sounds out the word and tries to find it on our list to cross off. Not only is it fun for us to have this time together, but it’s educational! And I am setting myself up for easy weeknight meals. This way, during the week I still get some “me time” while cooking and we also get to enjoy yummy dinners. Win! Win!
Who or what gives you your daily dose of inspiration?
My morning cup of coffee? Kidding! My husband, Phil, is my daily inspiration. Man, am I cheesy. :) He is my opposite, the calm to my chaos, and I don’t think I could get through a day without that other perspective. He reminds me to enjoy the chaos and soak in all the crazy, because we are so blessed to have what we have, and before we know it the chaos will be calm and I’ll want it all back!
What advice would you give to other working moms when it comes to balancing a career, family, and self-care?
Find some time for you. I start most of my mornings with 50 minutes at the Barre! Some think I’m crazy, but waking up before my kids and having 50 minutes of me time actually makes my mornings easier and makes me a better mom, wife and teacher. As moms, it is so easy to put everyone before ourselves, but making sure you are taken care of I believe only results in a better version of you for all the other loved ones in your life.
Bonus: Do you have a favorite quote? Share with us if so!
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” ---Jim Rohn