Of all the things I’ve been called in the last 30 some years three are now the most important: Professional. Wife. Mother. While being each carries its own weight the three combined wouldn’t be possible without the love and support from my husband C and the giggle that lights my world on fire from little J. I became a mom in 2016 and every day continues to bring an exciting challenge, mystery (what’s that smell) and proud moment.
I graduated from Marquette with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources. Upon graduation I saw myself working at a non-profit, putting in countless hours and feeling rewarded every day. Oh to be 23 again. I started my career at an advertising agency and was able to shape their digital offerings, which in included putting in countless hours and was very rewarding. When it was time to move on I found myself at startup with the opportunity to again, put the hours in. Fast forward four years and I’m still there, in my fourth role and although I’m not at non-profit, I what I do every single day fills my bucket.
On my professional journey I was also on a quest for love and when I stopped looking everything came together. C and I will be married five years this June and I’ve never met another person that just gets me like he does.
Motherhood is new territory for me. My son J was born in 2016 and everyday since has been an adventure. He is happy, smiling and has a curiosity about life that makes me feel like I’ve just been floating through and accepting things as they are until now. I cry when he cries, I ache when he aches and the thought of him eventually becoming an adult is something I am just not prepared for.
I feel like the biggest challenges I have ahead with him are like all parents: how do I set a good example? Teach him to stand up for himself? Follow his passions? All of the things. Almost daily I’m completely overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising a good and responsible human, it just seems like there is so much I haven’t even thought about yet.
Lucky for me, the six women I share this hustle with are generous with their support, perspective and group hugs. We’re all hard enough on ourselves, a weight is lifted to be surrounded by women that are kind to one another. Together we’re moving through the blender of professional life meets motherhood with no judgement and I am forever grateful.