Meet Chelsea, an owner, teacher, blogger, speaker, manager, and most importantly mother

Name: Chelsea Skaggs

Kid(s): Emerson (3), Sage (10 mo) 

Official work title and company: Okay so I have a couple! My main umbrella is owner of Strive Less Live More which is a brand committed to honest postpartum- I speak, blog and run online small groups for postpartum women. I also am the US Regional Manager for the Kite Program App - working to bring the Kite services to the US and develop a maternal mental health course for our app. Lastly, I fill in the $$ gaps by teaching ESL overseas in the early mornings with VIPKID.

Location: Columbus, Ohio

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.)
I got the idea for my company when I was pregnant with my second child and a lot of things went differently than I anticipated. My anxiety started to run rampant and I reflected back on how much pressure I put on myself in my first postpartum. I was lonely, but put off a good image. I felt like I was losing it, but had to appear to hold it together. I didn’t want to do that again. I committed to building a brand that provides authenticity in postpartum and gives women a place to seem themselves, navigate their transitions, and have a supportive community. This vision is also the vision that is partnered with my work at the Kite Program.

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

Childcare. I don’t have a typical 9-5 and I also have a medically complex child. I struggle first to trust someone to be with my kids and then to make schedules work. Because I work from “home” I often put pressure on myself to be able to juggle it all.. and truly I can’t. 

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

I think women have fought for years for workplace rights and society has almost punished us by expecting us to still be the main home and child caretakers in the midst of working. We are spread so thin often times. Plus we live in a society where everyone is showing their highlights and when we aren’t making life-changing memories with our families in the same moment that we see someone else is, we put guilt on 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 truly admire women who love being SAHMs. However, I have a strong desire for work accomplishments and I remind myself that is part of my personality. I think moms are invaluable in leadership and the workplace and we all benefit from them taking their place there and rocking it. 

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

Decide what can stay messy and what messes cause you stress. Focus on what you NEED to. Also, it’s okay if your family eats the same thing for dinner 3 nights in a row… priorities.

Who or what gives you your daily dose of inspiration?

Honestly it’s other women on IG that I have connected with over similar passions and messaging. 

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

It’s okay to have your own “you.” Being a mom doesn’t disregard all the desires and values and gifts in you. 

What advice would you give to other working moms when it comes to balancing a career, family, and self-care?

Know what’s most important to you and your family- and get confident about what you can say “no” to- if you find yourself saying “I should___” or “We should ___” it’s probably good to evaluate that activity/action/thought. 

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? 

Lipstick. You can never go wrong with adding some lipstick to any outfit to snaz it up a bit. Oh and baby wipes because they are good for everything.

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

 Ask for and accept help. Don’t try to super mom this. 

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

TSwift- Look What You Made Me Do: Because a lot of my work is a passionate goal to change up the “norm” in society