Children's book author, & momma to two kiddos, check out our interview with Lori Orlinsky

*Name: Lori Orlinsky 

*Kid(s): Hayley (6) and Ellie (3)

*Official work title and company: Children’s Book Author of “Being Small: (Isn’t So Bad After All)”

*Location: Chicago

*Tell us more about your company/the company you work for? (How you got started, where did the idea come from, how it has grown to the success it is today, etc.)

When my daughter Hayley was 3, she decided she didn’t want to go to school anymore because she was the shortest kid in class. The teachers had hung up a growth chart in her classroom, and while her friends were at the top and the middle, her name was at the bottom, with no other names in sight. To her, this was a visual that she wasn’t good enough. Unable to find a book with a short heroine who Hayley could relate to, I wrote one! 

“Being Small: (Isn’t So Bad After All)” started off as a labor of love for Hayley, but it has become so much more. In a world filled with bullying (which starts as early as age 3), the book has universal messages of self-confidence and self-worth, which is something kids need to be armed with at an early age. Being Small isn’t just for small kids – it is also provides perspective all kids on the power of their words and serves as a discussion starter on celebrating our differences.

In a month since its release, the book has hit the Amazon best-seller list in the children’s book categories of size, emotion and self-esteem.

What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?

Finding the time to do it all. I often scroll through Facebook and see photos of moms who make their kids funny face pancake breakfasts, topped with fresh berries from their garden, eating in a spotless kitchen. I’ve come to realize I will never be that mom, and I’m finally OK with it. As long as my kids wake up happy and healthy, I think I’m doing just fine. 

Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it?

Social media puts so much pressure on us because we see others post what appears to be the perfect life. At the end of the day, we have to realize that we only see a sliver of people’s lives on social media, and it’s what they want us to see. As moms who are juggling careers and a family, we just have to realize our bandwidth and try to be the best version of ourselves. 

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?

I want my daughters to see me as a strong woman who can raise a family, maintain a career and follow her dreams. 

What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?
Dry shampoo 

What was the best advice a momma mentor in your life gave you?

My own mom told me very early on after I had my first daughter “this too shall pass” and boy was she right. As a mom, you move from one thing to the next. 

What is in your briefcase, purse, luggage, diaper bag, that you use every day, that you live for/need, in your life in order to make it a little less chaotic? 

Iced coffee

If you go back in time and give one piece of advice to yourself as a young mother, what would it be?

Always trust your mom instinct 

If you could have a theme song for a “day in your life” what would it be? 

“Just Like Fire” by Pink

Bonus: Do you have a favorite quote? Share with us if so! 

And though she be but little, she is fierce