I moved to Austin (from NYC) when I was six months pregnant and I continued working remotely for the next two months. During this time, I networked as much as possible in my current field, sustainable food. I asked NYC friends and contacts to introduce me to their Austin contacts. I met with them and asked each one of them to introduce me to someone else. I knew I wasn’t looking for a job at the time because I was having a baby very soon so I was able to simply introduce myself and learn without an agenda. It was refreshing and I continued to stay in touch with those contacts after my daughter was born. About eight months later, when I felt ready to start looking for a job, I reached back out to those same contacts. Because we already had a rapoor, it was much easier to talk about job opportunities. One of those contacts asked me to come in for an interview and I got the job!
For me, it means having control over my time. I want a career but I also want to be able to spend quality time with my daughter, my husband, my family, myself and friends. Still working on how to make this happen - although, some days, I can make it work.
Don’t settle. I wasn’t happy with my for-profit job career so I made a big transition into the nonprofit sector. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of because it was scary and guaranteed that I would make less money but I’m much happier for it. I also have a dream of becoming an entrepreneur and I’m working on it!
Biggest success: Finding a job and boss that supports every aspect of my life including my role as a mama. She agreed to allow me to work 30 hours a week instead of 40 hours after expressing my concern about a full time position.
Biggest challenge: Feeling confident in the job I am doing at work and the job I am doing at home at the same time. I often feel like I’m failing or struggling at one or both. I have to remind myself that I can’t have the same expectations of my work self as I did before I became a mama. That’s super hard for me.
My mom, obviously. She worked as an Elementary Librarian for 36 years and she loved it. She also balanced work and motherhood with grace and lots of patience. She worked full time AND cooked dinner, led my girl scout troop, attended school field trips, helped with homework and always seemed to be present. Now that I’m a mama, I admire her so much for setting such a wonderful example. Feeling the love as I write this.