- Life before kids, and the tough transition to going back to work after maternity leave
- The stress of the routine, the long hours, and the long commute as a working mom
- Her decision to take a break from her corporate job to spend more time with her kids
- Starting her blog, charminglybold.com
- The demanding workload at her corporate job, and trying to balance getting the work done and maintaining her family and home
- Leaving her mark at the company she had worked for: an employee resource group called Parents Working Together; how she got it started and what it grew into
- Finding your mom tribe in the workplace
- Working mom guilt and work/life integration
- How she was able to reconcile letting go of her salary, both financially and emotionally
- If she’s enjoying being a stay at home mom
- Always leading with kindness and why you shouldn’t judge other moms for the decisions they make for their families
Carrie’s favorite quotes from the interview:
“Time goes by so quickly, you have to appreciate it.”
“Is it great to have disposable income? For sure. But can you do without? Absolutely.”
“I needed to make the choice that was right thing for me and right for my family. Was that scary? Oh my goodness, yes. Very scary. Am I still scared about everything? Yes, but it was the right decision.”
“Your kids won’t remember a perfect home, but they will remember spending time with you.”
Jennifer talks motherhood…
What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?
Being a mom is the toughest and most rewarding experience of your life. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Instead, remember to always appreciate the moments and to laugh often.
What is the hardest part about being a mom?
The hardest part of being a mom is feeling pulled in a million directions at all points in time. And the constant exhaustion!
What is your favorite part about being a mom? What makes all the hard stuff worth it?
My favorite part of being a mom is seeing my girls grow into strong and confident young ladies. The intense love a mother feels for her children is incredible. Even on my toughest days, seeing those smiling faces and wrapping my girls in giant hugs makes me remember why I am doing all I do.
I am the mom of two beautiful little girls (ages 4 and 7) who believes strongly in the power of kindness and that we are stronger together. A fashionista and beauty enthusiast (who might have a shoe obsession), I celebrate what makes us all unique, follow the Golden Rule, speak my mind, and never ever pay full-price for anything.
You can find Jennifer musing on fashion, parenting, and more at her blog, Charmingly Bold. If you would like to chat with Jennifer about starting a mom/family/parent employee resource group at your company, you can contact her here!