I have 2 kids. Asher is 3, and my daughter Alexa is 1.
I work full time as a Senior Managing Consultant designing and executing financing strategies on behalf of large institutions for The PFM Group.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES AS A WORKING MOM:
At times, I feel like I’m missing the special day-to-day moments. Times when I can participate in activities at my son’s preschool or take my daughter to her music class are few and far between. I wish I had more of those. Evenings are also a challenge in the sense that the minute I walk in the door, it’s time to start dinner and begin our evening routine (this is usually the time I pour that glass of wine I told myself I didn’t need earlier that morning after working out). While I sometimes crave being able to experience more with them on a weekday basis, I take full advantage of our weekends together. I am a true believer in quality not quantity.
TIME SAVING TIP FOR WORKING MOMS:
Weekly blow outs are priceless. Alternatively, having a high quality dry shampoo for those off days is a necessity. A multi-tasking tinted moisturizer is also a lifesaver – who has time for a full face of makeup in the morning?
ANY WORKING MOM GUILT?
I remind myself that what I’m doing is for my kids. Both working moms and stay at home moms serve as true role models for their children. Through it all, I hope I am teaching them valuable lessons about work ethic, commitment, time management, organization and most importantly how to follow their dreams.
CAN YOU HAVE IT ALL?
In all honestly, I have never liked this question. I don’t think it accurately frames the conversation around being a working mom, or a stay at home mom for that matter. It’s not about having it all, it’s about having choices. Our definition of “having it all” is constantly evolving as we progress in our personal lives and careers. At the moment, I certainly do not have it all but I am optimistic that every day I am getting closer to achieving the elusive holy grail called work life balance.